CBD Skin Care Facts
As consumers embrace the many potential benefits of CBD, there’s been a steady, predictable increase in the number of industries adding various hemp-derived products to their inventories. If you’ve been following the latest skincare trends, you’ve likely noticed that CBD-infused serums, toners, moisturizers, and body care products are popping up just about everywhere. But are they beneficial? Maybe. Are they good for your skin? That depends.
As you’re browsing CBD skin care options, you’ll inevitably find beauty brands charging top dollar for various lotions and potions that contain little (if any) CBD. You’re also likely to find brands adding CBD to products made with ingredients suspected of damaging ecosystems, harming wildlife, and interfering with healthy skin function. Neither option is particularly helpful or all that great for your skin.
With that being said, adults of all ages are claiming favorable results using high-quality CBD-infused products for an impressive number of skin concerns. That’s why we’re dedicating this space to answering frequently asked questions, product recommendations, and CBD skin care facts.
What Is CBD? Does It Cause Intoxication?
Many people are initially hesitant to try CBD skincare products because of concerns about intoxication. Most find it helpful to know that cannabidiol (CBD) is one of more than 100 non-intoxicating cannabinoids produced by cannabis plants. When CBD oil is extracted from the stalks, stems, and flowers of naturally cultivated hemp, you don’t have to worry. Hemp plants produce only trace amounts of THC, the cannabinoid that causes the type of intoxication marijuana is known for. Hemp-derived CBD products are incapable of causing intoxication, even when ingested in excessively large amounts.
How Do CBD Skincare Products Work? How Could Topical Use Benefit My Skin?
When you savor a CBD gummy or swallow a capsule, the cannabidiol is processed through your digestive system before entering your bloodstream. Once the cannabinoid is circulating throughout your body, it interacts with the receptors of its largest regulatory system, your endocannabinoid system. The impact of that interaction seems to depend on which essential processes are restored to balance (homeostasis) through ECS support. Although results can vary from one person to the next, most CBD users responding to our survey report favorable results for better sleep, relaxation, discomfort after physical activity, and more.
When applied topically, CBD interacts with the ECS receptors in your skin. Although most of the evidence supporting the cannabinoid’s many possible skin benefits is based on lab results and a small number of clinical trials, many people are reporting an impressive list of potential skin benefits, including help with the following skin concerns.
Supporting Barrier Function
Cleansing, sun exposure, cosmetics, and numerous other environmental factors can damage your skin’s protective barrier. Once barrier function is compromised, your skin can lose its ability to retain essential moisture. The resulting dehydration can cause visible irritation, roughness, peeling, flaking, and premature skin aging. Current investigations show that CBD mimics the effects of natural skin lipids, an effect believed to help improve barrier function.1
Balancing Oil Production
Many skincare products made to help keep oily, blemish-prone skin clean and clear are made with harsh detergents and other ingredients known to cause dryness, flaking, and irritation. When any product in your skincare routine causes unnecessary dryness, oil production kicks into overdrive. Based on what the research shows so far, CBD helps balance oil production, an effect that could help reduce the frequency or severity of blemishes and breakouts.2
Excess oil can cling to the surface of your skin and bind with dead skin cells. If the accumulated debris clogs your pores, any bacteria trapped beneath the blockage can trigger a blemish-inducing inflammatory response. Current research suggests CBD helps calm inflammation through its interaction with CB2 receptors and several other molecular channels, a benefit researchers believe could also be helpful for other inflammatory skin conditions like eczema or psoriasis.3
Could Everyone Benefit from a CBD Skincare Routine?
CBD has many potential skin benefits. But hemp-derived CBD skincare products are not ideal for everyone. If you have a medical condition or take medication, please consult your health care provider before committing to a purchase. The cannabinoid is known to interact with several medications. However, you may find it at least somewhat reassuring to know the risk of interaction is much lower when using CBD topically because the cannabinoid is absorbed into your skin, not your bloodstream.