Acne, Inflammation and CBD

July 19, 2019

Acne, Inflammation and CBD

Let's face it. We'd all love a magic pill that would magically make our acne disappear. Trust us, it's stressful to manage. Having acne, on top of being stressed about our blemishes, feels like it only creates more blemishes appearing on the skin. Introducing CBD into your skin care routine could be just what the doctor ordered.

Have you ever heard the phrase "You are what you eat"? Well, it's true. Sort of. Starting in the kitchen can manifest what appears outwardly on your body. Did you know CBD isn't just an ingredient in skin care, it's also consumed orally. Introducing CBD into your diet could be as simple as eating a gummy, swallowing a drop from a tincture or consuming chocolate. Eating cleaner by cutting out sugar and any unnecessary artificial flavorings can reduce the amount of sebum being produced onto the skin.

Sebum Production

Sebum is the main factor of acne, as too much of it produces the oily substance on your skin, thus inducing the invitation for acne. An overproduction of sebum causes bacteria to form, which causes an inflammation reaction. Inflammation is a high factor in producing redness and acne throughout the face.This can be balanced with the use of CBD topically applied, whether that be a cleanser, moisturizer, serum or all three.

Scientific Research

Science supports its efficacy in this capacity: research shows that CBD may treat all kinds of skin problems, including chronic conditions. A study finding that CBD slows overproduction of skin cells signals promise for psoriasis; According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information, chronic inflammation is a consistent problem in the United States, contributing to numerous non-infectious diseases like heart disease and autoimmune disease. Although diet and lifestyle play a significant role in chronic inflammation, CBD oil can encourage improvement.

Endocannabinoid System

Adding the properties of CBD into this equation can make us feel the glow radiating off of our skin already. Whether you know it or not, we have an endocannabinoid system. CBD promotes the existing endocannabinoid system by reacting with our CB receptors and triggering a response in our body. “The skin’s cannabinoid receptors, which CBD interacts with, help regulate pain and itching,” says NYC dermatologist Dendy Engelman. That’s a big deal, since many skin issues, from breakouts to signs of aging, are fueled by inflammation in the first place.

Ultimately, the main issue with higher levels of inflammation that manifests is due to the fact that when inflammation has been turned on, it increases the production of damaging free radicals, which we call oxidative stress. When oxidative stress is uncontrolled, damage occurs to our proteins, fat, and even our DNA.

CBD in Everyday Use

Allowing CBD to be a key step in your skin care routine will allow the ingredient to flourish on the skin. Once the skin absorbs the CBD, it will treat the infected area, thus creating a chain reaction. When sebum is controlled, acne and inflammation will decrease.

It’s an ingredient that’s become almost as present as eye-shadow pallets in beauty aisles, but there is still a lot of confusion regarding CBD oil’s benefits for skin. And actually, that shouldn’t come as a surprise. Although the research may be new, it’s nonetheless impressive.





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