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CBD And Skincare

CBD has long been known for its anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving benefits, but it’s been making waves in the wellness world for other reasons as well. It’s great at relieving stress, reducing pain and inflammation, and so much more.

CBD, or cannabidiol, is a compound that occurs naturally in cannabis plants, which include hemp and its better-known cousin marijuana. There is more CBD found in the industrial hemp plant than the marijuana plant, so that is where most commercial CBD is derived. 

Unlike THC, another active compound in the hemp/marijuana plants, CBD does not get you high – it isn’t psychoactive.

This potent but natural compound is now legal in the US thanks to the 2018 Farm Bill, as long as it’s derived from the industrial hemp plant, which contains 0.3% THC or less. The growth, harvest, and processing of Industrial Hemp is heavily regulated.

 

CBD And Skincare

but where do you start?

Although there is a whole host of research regarding CBD’s medical benefits for relieving pain, stress, and inflammation, there isn’t a lot of research about its benefits for skin health. But what we already know about CBD indicates that it is a great option for improving skin health.

We know that cannabinoids are packed with beneficial antioxidants, and we also know that there are essential amino acids in CBD along with B-complex vitamins. These can have direct benefits in skin health!

New research is also indicating that your skin has its own endocannabinoid system.

CBD works with your endocannabinoid system by binding to certain receptors to restore balance. This is how it’s an effective anti-inflammatory - it works on the receptors that spark your body’s inflammatory response, to stop inflammation at its source. CBD helps to modulate the inflammatory response and keep it in balance.

“Recent studies have intriguingly suggested the existence of a functional ECS in the skin and implicated it in various biological processes (e.g. proliferation, growth, differentiation, apoptosis and cytokine, mediator or hormone production of various cell types of the skin and appendages, such as the hair follicle and sebaceous gland). It seems that the main physiological function of the cutaneous ECS is to constitutively control the proper and well-balanced proliferation, differentiation and survival, as well as immune competence and/or tolerance, of skin cells.”

Because of this, CBD shows great promise in having a balancing effect on the skin’s ECS. Here are some ways CBD can potentially improve skin health and appearance:

Acne. 

While CBD shouldn’t be considered a cure for acne, a lot of acne is hormonal in nature. CBD can assist in balancing hormones and fight inflammation associated with the appearance of acne. CBD can help normalize skin cell repair and regrowth, which can also contribute to acne.

Inflammation. 

Since CBD is powerfully anti-inflammatory, it may assist in relieving inflammation and redness for many common skin issues – like rosacea, eczema, and even psoriasis.

Scarring. 

One study found that a topical CBD ointment improved the appearance of scarring in some patients.

How To Add CBD To Your Skincare Regimen

Since most of CBD’s benefits are related to its anti-inflammatory effects, starting with a CBD supplement is a great, easy way to start improving your skin health.

There are many topical CBD formulations on the market, with different added ingredients – instead of testing out a bunch of different products with different ingredients, it’s best to keep things simple, add only CBD to your regimen, and note the differences it makes in your skin health!

 

Our CBD Softgels are a great place to start for a systemic dose of CBD that can help improve your skin health. They contain only Full Spectrum CBD in a softgel capsule that is tasteless and fast-absorbing. 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dr. Meredith Warner is the creator of Well Theory and The Healing Sole. She is a board-certified Orthopedic Surgeon and Air Force Veteran.

She is on a mission to disrupt traditional medicine practices and promote betterment physically, spiritually and mentally to many more people. She advocates for wellness and functional health over big pharma so more people can age vibrantly with more function and less pain.

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