CBD – for your skin and body
CBD is the Cady Heron of the skin care world right now, buzzy, intriguing and full of mystery (though not as much as Gretchen Weiners hair). The ingredient has officially gone from health supplement to beauty buzzword, but it’s not as simple as looking for “CBD” on the ingredient label and calling it a day. There is a lot of vague marketing and more than a few false claims. For example, we’ve seen some major brands jump on the CBD bandwagon and push it through their marketing channels, even though their products don’t actually contain any real CBD at all. It is important to find out all the important details before purchasing CBD. We hired Dendy Engelman, MD, a board-certified dermatologist; Ava Shamban, MD, board-certified dermatologist and founder of Skin Five in Los Angeles and co-host of The GIST; Charlotte Palermino, founder of cannabis education website Nice Paper and Ashley Lewis and Meredith Schroeder, founders of new online CBD retailer Fleur Marché. Your skin deserves CBD – just make sure you buy a product that actually contains it and learn about the benefits of cbd products for you.
CBD benefits for skin
-Treat inflammatory acne: CBD can help reduce the redness, pain, and swelling associated with inflammatory acne.
-Regulate oil production: As mentioned earlier, CBD helps regulate the hormones involved in oil production, reducing excess sebum.
-Reduce breakouts: CBD can help reduce breakout inflammation and reduce breakouts in general by regulating oil production.
-Calm rosacea: CBD can reduce inflammation, so it can help calm rosacea flare-ups.
-Neutralize free radical damage: CBD can help prevent skin weakening by neutralizing free radical damage.
-Soothe eczema: According to Shamban, CBD helps fight the irritation and inflammation caused by eczema, as well as chronic skin conditions such as psoriasis and dermatitis.
-Reduce hormonal conditions: Because CBD is believed to be an adaptogen, it can reduce the effects of hormones and other compounds that are released into the body during times of stress (ie kinase, nitric oxide, and cortisol).
-Moisturization: CBD has moisturizing properties that can help fight dehydration and dryness.
Benefits of CBD – for your skin
INGREDIENT TYPE: Antioxidant.
KEY BENEFITS: Reduces inflammation, Regulates oil production, Neutralizes free radical damage.
WHO SHOULD USE IT: Recommended for those with inflamed, damaged skin, as well as sensitive and dry skin. It can also benefit those with aging skin.
HOW OFTEN YOU CAN USE: CBD skin care products can be used daily.
WORKS WELL: Active ingredients that soothe and nourish the skin barrier, such as ceramides, hyaluronic acid, peptides and niacinamides.
DO NOT USE WITH: Be careful with CBD – Your skin care products. As this is an unregulated industry, it is not known what active measures it disables. It is not recommended to use CBD skin products that contain alcohol, as this can reduce its beneficial effects and exacerbate inflammatory skin conditions.
How you use CBD skin care products depends on the product you use. “Most CBD products are serums or creams,” says Engelman. “Use as usual, layering skin care products from thinnest to thickest. Serums should be applied before creams.” This means that you should never self-diagnose your skin conditions. “Always read the package and ingredients and consult with a board-certified dermatologist, primary care physician, or other practitioner before starting any new supplement or topical treatment,” adds Shamban.
According to Shamban, the level of benefits of CBD for some skin conditions is still debated and the science is newer, so more research is needed to see if CBD or other substances in the hemp plant directly improve the quality of the skin.
CBD side effects
Engelman explains that more research is needed to verify the benefits of CBD oil for the skin. So topical CBD has no known side effects.