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The Beaming Benefits of CBD Oil for Skincare

You’ve been curious about CBD for a while now - but does it really work? Can it be used in your skin care routine? The medical and health benefits of cannabidiol (CBD) have been well researched and have even been considered well tolerated, non-addicting, and non-toxic, with a generally safe profile. 

CBD has been suggested to relieve skin issues by reducing inflammation, amongst other benefits. Shall we get into our 12 step CBD skincare routine now?

Let’s get started with our foundational step: CBD 101.

What is CBD Oil?

Most of you are probably familiar with skincare routines or having been told how important it is to wash your face, generally speaking. But what the heck is CBD oil? It seems everywhere we turn CBD is being mentioned, posted about, tweeted about, and talked about. 

Cannabidiol (CBD) is just one of 100+ phytocannabinoids derived from the cannabis plant. You can think of phytocannabinoids as the sisters and brothers of the mother cannabis plant, CBD being a sibling in the mix. 

CBD is the non-psychoactive compound of the cannabis plant, hence, it won’t get you “high” or have you feeling “stoned”. The cannabis plant is also well-known for another cannabinoid: tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is a psychoactive compound (you may feel “high” effects).

CBD oil is cannabidiol that has been extracted from the hemp plant and undergoes processing, one of those processing steps includes connecting the CBD to an oil solution of some sort (i.e. sunflower oil, hemp oil, coconut oil, etc.).

Like I mentioned above, CBD has been described as being generally safe, with non-addictive and non-toxic attributes, with little to no side effects seen in animals and humans, according to the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) of Psychiatry. 

How Does CBD Oil Work?

Now that we have our foundational skincare step (CBD 101) completed, we’re ready for step 2: how CBD oil works. 

The magical, non-psychoactive herb works with our endocannabinoid system to help keep our bodies in a homeostatic state. The endocannabinoid system, ECS for short, constantly works inside each and every one of our bodies to ensure that we’re staying in a balanced state, maintaining homeostasis. 

Once we take CBD or CBD oil, the CBD connects with receptors in our body. Those receptors take CBD through the body, connecting with cannabinoid receptors 1 and 2 (CB1 and CB2). The cannabinoid receptors bring the CBD into the ECS. Thus, the effects of CBD are absorbed through our ECS. 

CBD binds indirectly with the CB1 and CB2 receptors, hence one of the reasons it’s not psychoactive. THC, on the other hand, binds directly with CB1 and CB2 receptors, hence, one of the reasons it’s psychoactive. 

What are the Benefits of CBD?

The benefits of this magical herb are being explored, discovered, and experienced everyday. Researchers are continuously working to unveil new benefits and effects of CBD, in animals and humans alike. So what are the benefits? Let’s get into it!

In a general sense, CBD has been suggested to help:

  • Seizures in epilepsy
  • Reduce inflammation
  • Reduce anxiety
  • Reduce depression
  • Reduce pain
  • Weight management
  • Improve heart health
  • Improve your mood
  • Neuroprotective
  • Cancer related symptoms
  • Immunity

CBD, as an all-natural compound, has become well-known for its anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, neuroprotective, and analgesic properties. Pre-clinical research trials have continued to investigate these suggested benefits.

How Does CBD Oil Helps Your Skin?

As an anti-inflammatory, 100% natural compound, CBD oil is a great holistic option and step for your all-natural, health-deriven skincare routine. 

There are five main ways that CBD oil may be able to help your skin, and yes, there is research to help support these claims. 

Check this out!

1. Anti-Aging Agent

The ECS plays an important multifunctional regulator, not only for our body’s overall homeostasis, but also our skin maintenance, regeneration, and barrier formation.

In March 2019, a cannabinoid study was published examining the therapeutic potential of the ECS. 

Researchers confirmed that cannabinoid signaling is deeply involved in the maintenance of skin homeostasis, regeneration and dysregulation, as well as barrier formation. 

2. Soothes Sensitive Skin

A recent study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology summarized the current pharmaceuticals containing cannabinoids and how they may be effective against atopic and contact dermatitis, eczema, and psoriasis. 

Researchers suggested that cannabinoid-infused skin products may help soothes and relieve the skin of itchiness and inflammation, due to the anti-inflammatory properties of CBD.

3. Assist Acne-Prone Skin 

A 2014 acne study examined CBD and its effects on human sebocytes gland function. Sebaceous glands are often studied in research in regards to acne and skin. Researchers found that CBD provided antiproliferative and anti-inflammatory effects in the sebocytes. 

This study suggested that CBD has potential to be a promising therapeutic agent for the treatment of acne vulgaris. 

4. Helps Dry Skin

Researchers in 2016 investigated the effective potential of non-psychotropic phytocannabinoids on human sebocyte functions in dry skin and acne. 

This study found that all phytocannabinoids exerted remarkable anti-inflammatory actions, suggesting that phytocannabinoids could be an efficient and safe novel tool in the management of skin inflammations. 

5. May Manage Eczema

It has been suggested that cannabinoids possess antimicrobial, anti-itch, and anti inflammatory qualities. 

According to the National Eczema Association, studies with cannabinoids and patients with atopic dermatitis are on the rise. A human trial study with atopic dermatitis patients investigated the usage and benefits of an endocannabinoid cream to help with their itch severity. 

60% of subjects showed improvements in itch severity and loss of sleep with endocannabinoid cream usage. 34% of subjects no longer felt the need to continue their topical steroid regime by the end of the study. 

What the Research Says: CBD and Skincare

Though CBD has been investigated in research studies across the globe since the 1970s, there is still much work to be done analyzing the effects of CBD on skin and dermatology. 

However, pre-clinical research has shown that cannabidiol (CBD) has a range of effects that may be therapeutically beneficial, including:

  • Antioxidant
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Anti-anxiety
  • Analgesic
  • Neuroprotective

Which CBD Oil Do I Use for Skincare?

When deciding which CBD oil to use for skincare take into consideration the following prior to your internet search: 

  • What are your goals with CBD oil?
  • What companies are you familiar with?
  • Does the company you’re interested in have a range of CBD products?
  • Do they do third party testing?
  • Do they provide certificates of analysis?

Here, at Hempulse, we only create the highest quality plant-based supplements, formulated to heal. We produce CBD products in small batches, responsibly sourced, and 100% chemical-free.

Check out our wide array of full-spectrum, broad-spectrum, and isolate CBD Oils here.

CBD and Skincare: Final Thoughts

Now that we’ve completed each step of our “skincare routine”, let’s close up shop! CBD oil has been continuing to show promise for therapeutic benefit ranging from helping with acne, soothing skin, assisting in dry skin issues, as well as potentially helping with eczema. 

Researchers are continuing to investigate cannabidiol, one day (and skin cell) at a time. Until then, do some research of your own, figure out which CBD oil might be best for you, talk with your physician about your ideas for CBD products and CBD oils. 

See ya for now!

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Sources:

Mounessa JS, Siegel JA, Dunnick CA, Dellavalle RP. The role of cannabinoids in dermatology. Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology. 2017. 

Olah A, Toth BI, Borbiro I, et al. Cannbidiol exerts sebostatic and antiinflammatory effects on human sebocytes. The Journal of Clinical Investigation. 2014.

Olah A, Markovics A, Szabo-Papp J, Szabo PT, et al. Differential effectiveness of selected non-psychotropic phytocannabinoids on human sebocyte functions implicates their introduction in dry/seborrhoeic skin and acne treatment. Experimental Dermatology.  2016. 

Toth KF, Adam D, Biro T, and Olah A. Cannabinoid signaling in the skin: Therapeutic potential of the “c(ut)annabinoid” system. Molecules. 2019.

-- Written by Kirsten Thornhill

Human Physiologist | Content Writer | Lifestyle Medicine Advocate
Kirsten Thornhill was born and raised in a small town in Northern California. She graduated with her Bachelors from CSU Stanislaus in Turlock, CA in Kinesiology Exercise Physiology and her Masters from Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, CA in Kinesiology Exercise Physiology. Kirsten is very passionate about human physiology and the metabolic and nutritional adaptations that occur in athletes. She has specialized in teaching clinical and practical exercise and rehabilitation applications. She enjoys educating and informing people on the importance of lifetime movement, holistic and lifestyle medicine, and health research and development. Her passion for alternative medicine enables her to strive when promoting health and education.

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