CBD for Skincare – All Hype or Actually Helpful?

*This article is purely informational and does not constitute medical advice. Consult your healthcare provider about CBD.

CBD for skincare
CBD for skincare

CBD for Skincare

CBD for skincare in 2018 was estimated to be around $633 million and is anticipated to reach $3.4 billion by 2026. Cannabidiol (CBD), one of two primary ingredients in cannabis, is now one of the most sought-after components of wellness and beauty-related products.

How did this happen? Is there any merit to CBD skincare benefits, or is it all just hype? Let’s take a look.

What is CBD: Overview of CBD and What it Does

CBD has seen an uptick in popularity on a wide range of consumer products in the last couple of years. It is not without merit, as research has begun uncovering many benefits that will be discussed later on.

So, what is CBD?

CBD is one of two primary cannabinoids of cannabis. The other major cannabinoid you may have heard of – THC or Tetrahydrocannabinol.

CBD is chemically a sibling of THC. CBD sticks apart from THC due to its lack of psychoactive effect – one of CBD’s features many have touted.

CBD mainly interacts with the body by influencing the endocannabinoid system or ECS. The ECS is a network of neurotransmitters responsible for regulating appetite, mood, pain, inflammation, and more.

Is CBD legal?

Many associate CBD with Marijuana even if the compound is often extracted from Hemp. The confusion is quite understandable since both marijuana and hemp are varieties of the cannabis plant.

According to the 2018 Farm Bill, Hemp-derived CBD products with less than 0.3% THC are legal federally. But there are still some states with laws that prohibit their sale or use.

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As a consumer, err on the safe side and check local legislation – especially when traveling.

Keep in mind that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not approve of non-prescription CBD products, which they warn may be inaccurately labeled.

Is CBD bad for your skin?

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), CBD has a “good safety profile.”

However, every product can still have possible side effects. In the same report by the WHO, they cite that side effects tend to come from drug-to-drug interactions that consumers may not be aware of or from improper use.

Some of the possible side effects can include:

  • Nausea
  • Lethargy
  • Diarrhea
  • Appetite loss

It is also important to remember that some people can be allergic to hemp-related products.

The FDA does not currently prohibit or restrict CBD for cosmetics. However, it reiterates that it must follow regulations under the FD&C Act. The FDA also warns of cosmetics that alter or mislabel, which may be harmful to you.

RELATED: New ways of incorporating CBD oil to your daily routine

For the safety of anyone looking to use CBD for skincare, please seek the medical advice of a doctor or health professional. As mentioned earlier, you may have health situations you may not be aware of. 

Therefore, err on the side of caution; your skin health is the priority after all.

CBD for Skincare

Disclaimer: The information presented here is not meant as a substitute or alternative to information from healthcare professionals. These statements regarding CBD have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Consult your healthcare provider about CBD before use.

From the get-go, experts have claimed CBD to have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits. In addition, research suggests that these benefits may extend towards keeping skin healthy.

CBD skincare for acne

Acne is a common skin condition believed to affect 90% of the world population at some point in their life.

One leading cause of acne is excess oil or sebum production by sebaceous glands found on the skin.

In this study, sebocytes or cells responsible for making sebum were tested to see how CBD affects them. The researchers found that CBD is capable of reducing sebum production by inhibiting these sebocytes.

Other causes of acne are inflammation and bacteria.

In another study, CBD was shown to have a “strong antimicrobial effect” capable of combating even antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

CBD for sensitive skin

Sensitive skin is susceptible to many environmental factors. Because of it, sensitive skin becomes dry and itchy, which can be unbearable for many people. Experts estimate that 60-70% of women and 50-60% of men suffer from some degree of sensitive skin.

In 2019, a study was conducted regarding many skin problems that “dramatically impair quality of life.” In that regard, CBD was chosen as a potential therapeutic alternative.

The researchers found that CBD may help relieve skin inflammation, itchiness, dryness, and healing.

Another study explains that CBD’s anti-inflammatory effects improved patients’ quality of life with psoriasis and atopic dermatitis. In the study, CBD was also found to aid in scar healing.

CBD skincare anti-aging effects

Oxidative stress is one of the major culprits that lead to aging skin. Likewise, oxidative stress is believed to cause other age-related conditions such as in the heart, lungs, and kidneys.

In a 2021 study, researchers surveyed different phytocannabinoids for their antioxidant effects, including CBD, CBG, CBN, CBC, and THC.

The researchers discovered that CBD could protect against UV rays thanks to its antioxidant properties.

Another study from 2021 found that CBD has the ability to prevent the processes leading to oxidative stress. In addition, the study explains that CBD also has the ability to scavenge free radicals and reduce metal ions.

CBD Luxury Skincare – How to Use

CBD face creams and CBD facial regimens are some of the common products you’ll find in the CBD skincare market.

But with any CBD product, it is wise to follow the instructions on the label or packaging. Typically, the packaging will contain important details such as the steps to use that specific product, how much to use, and how to apply it correctly.

Some folks apply CBD oil or products containing CBD oil directly to the skin. Dosage varies from person to person, taking into account the bodyweight and potency of the CBD oil.

Experts and veterans advise starting on the lowest possible dosage to see how the body will react to CBD. From there, the dose can be gradually increased.

RELATED: CBD Dosage Guide for Beginners and Veterans

The Wrap

Many studies mentioned in this article are still preliminary in nature. However, it can also be said that CBD has a promising future in skincare, thanks to these studies.

At the end of the day, your skin health is most important. So don’t forget to consult with a medical professional before using CBD for skincare.

“These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.”

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