Cannabidiol, more often referred to as CBD, is everywhere these days, in candies, cocktails, chapsticks, cleansers, creams, and much more. Thanks to its powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, it can be useful for many types of skin conditions and as part of a skincare regimen to battle the effects of premature aging.
As you probably know, while CBD is a naturally occurring chemical found in cannabis (marijuana), it’s non-psychoactive, which means it won’t get you “high.” It can deliver many benefits to the skin, however, these five options are just some of the ways to use it.
Improve Acne and Lessen the Appearance of Acne Scars
CBD contains many different compounds with antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, and oil-reducing properties that may improve acne. For example, sebum is a substance produced by the skin which helps to protect it, but if there is too much sebum produced, it can cause acne. This is where CBD can help – studies, including one published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation, have found that it can prevent an excess amount of sebum.
Additionally, a 2019 clinical trial suggested that CBD can be beneficial for reducing the appearance of acne scars. CBD lotions and creams can be used, along with edibles like gummies, to improve the skin’s health, resulting in a clearer complexion.
Help Heal a New Tattoo or Brighten One That’s Fading
A CBD tattoo brightening cream can help a new tattoo heal faster and keep it looking vibrant over the long haul. The ink often fades through photo-degradation combined with ultraviolet rays that break down chemical bonds, a bleaching effect you’ve probably seen in the fabrics on outdoor furniture that have sat in the sun too long. But with a CBD cream, it can help protect the skin and that new tattoo from the elements while reducing inflammation and expediting recovery.
Lessen the Signs of Aging
There has been a significant increase in CBD products designed to lessen the signs of aging. As we age, the skin produces less oil that keeps it looking youthful and the production of collagen decreases every year after the age of 20. But the antioxidant properties in CBD can help slow down the aging process by battling free radicals, which are responsible for speeding the breakdown of collagen. Reducing free radicals and slowing the loss of collagen helps the skin look younger and more supple while aiding in the prevention of fine lines and wrinkles.
Products that contain CBD also have a high concentration of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids that are known to improve the overall appearance of the skin and provide a more youthful glow.
Soothe Itchy, Dry Skin
Thanks to those potent anti-inflammatory properties, CBD creams, lotions, gels, oils, and serums, can help treat common skin problems like itching, dryness, irritation, and redness too.
Treating Conditions Like Dermatitis and Eczema
In addition to anti-inflammatory compounds, the high amount of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids in CBD are known to treat common skin conditions like atopic dermatitis and eczema that lead to irritated, dry skin. Additionally, as CBD contains antimicrobial properties, scientific research has shown that it even eradicates the bacterium that often leads to developing eczema, Staphylococcus aureus.
Note: If you plan to use products containing CBD, it’s always a good idea to talk to your doctor first.
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