Weighing about three kilograms and measuring up to two square metres: Well, what are we talking about? Okay, the title already gives it away, today we are talking about the skin. It performs an important protective function for our body and forms the barrier between us and harmful environmental influences. Hardly any part of the body changes as often as the skin. Since it completely renews itself about once a month, constant care is very important. There are many products for skin care and with all the foreign words, you often don't understand the advertisements. CBD is the latest blockbuster in the beauty industry and we wonder if the hype is justified.
CBD and CB2 - How will this work?
Phytocannabinoids, such as CBD, interact with various receptors in the human endocannabinoid system. This part of the nervous system has access to receptors throughout the body. So-called CB1 receptors are found in the brain and spinal cord. CB2 receptors are distributed throughout the rest of the body, including the skin. CBD can therefore act directly on the spot.
More appearance than reality?
CBD has been proven to interact with the body and specifically also with the skin. And here, unfortunately, the established state of knowledge has already reached its limits. Scientific studies are still rare. So how come CBD shows up in so many skin care products? Well, because cannabis was criminalised for years, the state of research is underdeveloped. Nevertheless, the available study results are very promising and support the canon of testimonials. What can we anticipate?
What has happened so far
- CBD appears to be a reliable antioxidant . CBD can eliminate free radicals and protect cells. Free radicals? These are intermediate products of our body that are deposited in our cells. They put our tissues under stress and antioxidants like CBD keep the cells calm.
- CBD shows anti-inflammatory properties. A variety of skin conditions are caused by inflammation and CBD seems to play a calming role here.
- When applied topically (externally), CBD inhibits sebum production. It alsomoisturises and smoothes rough spots.
Not a bad record. Especially with acne, CBD shows good results. Inhibited sebaceous gland production in combination with anti-inflammatory components can sustainably improve the skin's appearance. CBD can also help with dry skin, which is more common in the menopause .
CBD oil can be applied pure to the affected areas and taken orally. Regular use and a restrained dosage are important. CBD needs time and patience. If you would like more precise information on careful dosing, we can recommend our article on "CBD dosing".
Diagnosis aka short version
CBD for skin care seems to be a little more reality than appearance. CBD is worth a try for dry skin, isolated redness or acne. Depending on the symptoms, CBD oil can be applied externally or internally. Patience and discipline are required. Those who suffer from severe skin problems or increased allergies should definitely talk to a dermatologist before using it. We will stay tuned and continue to read the latest studies to keep you up to date.
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Oláh, Attilah. Cannabidiol exerts sebostatic and anti-inflammatory effects on human sebocytes. The Journal of Clinical Investigation. 2014.