How CBD Is Taking Over The Skincare Industry & Its Unexpected Benefits For The Skin
Products are popping up everywhere with CBD or hemp extract featured in the ingredient lineup. Many relate CBD with its groovy counterpart, THC, but little know the many benefits that CBD could be having for your skin.
CBD: What is it?
We have all heard of or seen CBD or hemp infused products like oils & lotions or chocolates & supplements. CBD, or Cannabidiol, is a chemical derived directly from the hemp plant and unlike its other active ingredient, THC, CBD does not have psychoactive effects. It is often used for chronic pain relief, anxiety, and even treating seizures– so what exactly is it doing in skincare?
CBD has been found to have a variety of skin benefits, but the three main perks are:
Anti-Inflammatory The anti-inflammatory properties may have a positive effect on sebocytes, the sebum producing cells that often rupture the skin. Because of this, CBD has shown to be very effective for treating acne.
Regulates Oil Production CBD can help regulate the hormones involved in your skin’s oil production, minimizing excess sebum and the frequency of breakouts.
Soothing CBD is often used to reduce inflammation in the body and can work similarly when used topically on the face. CBD may reduce swelling and redness in your existing breakouts.
What to Look For In Products
Try to find products that mention cannabidiol, broad-spectrum CBD, or hemp extract as they have the full range of benefits from cannabis phytochemicals and ensure you will not experience psychoactive effects.
Always check the ingredients! CBD skincare has been known to add questionable ingredients like mineral oils, fragrances, PEGs, and more. If you aren’t sure what ingredients are clean, consult with EWG’s HealthyLiving app or food & cosmetic scanner app, Yuka.