CBD beauty products: how do they work?
August 22, 2019
There is a growing body of scientific evidence to suggest that cannabinoids are beneficial for a range of clinical conditions; including pain, inflammation, epilepsy, sleep disorders, the symptoms of multiple sclerosis, anorexia, schizophrenia and other conditions. Of course many have read about the fascinating abilities of cannabinoid medicine - but what about all the Beauty products on the market? Why are they utilized? And what's so special about CBD? These are the main questions being asked when it comes to the explosion of creams, tonics, and more that are rapidly being introduced to the market. We've seen various CBD potions and mixtures for all types of conditions, but when it comes to the skin it appears the science behind it all is beyond minimal. According to a 2014 peer reviewed study done by the Department of Physiology at the University of Debrecen Hungary entitled, “Cannabidiol exerts sebostatic and anti-inflammatory effects on human sebocytes”, found that CBD is a potent universal anti-acne agent possessing a unique “triple anti-acne” profile. But there's much more than acne that's being targeted with many beauty products we see for sale in the world of CBD.
CBD has been known for quite some time to have anti-aging compounds. When we compare CBD to skin care ingredients such as retinols and vitamin C, the research and science behind the efficacy of the cannabinoid (beyond the realms of a temporary pain relief topical), is by far still in its infancy. "There's limited data to suggest that CBD may decrease oil production when applied topically", states Joshua Zeichner, director of cosmetic and clinical research at Mt. Sinai Hospital. He explains that, unlike THC oils, CBD hemp oil is a common source of anti-inflammatory cannabinoids which is why he believes it's used in Beauty products. "CBD Hemp oil also acts as an emollient to smooth rough cells on the skin’s surface - and that offers a moisturizing benefit unlike other compounds", he stated. When we look at what Cannabidiol and hemp oils have to offer there are good reasons behind this researcher’s statements.
One of the most fascinating things about CBD is the sheer number of vitamins that are within it. So when it's applied to the skin, the benefits of these are absorbed into the epidermis and beyond. When you apply CBD to your skin, your body will experience the benefits of these vitamins, such as A and D. But what do they do? Both of these vitamins are responsible for repairing skin. Vitamin A is important for skin cell growth, oil inhibition, and more. If you lack proper sun exposure it's highly likely your skin is missing out on these necessary vitamins. If you're suffering from dry or flaky skin it's highly likely that CBD will become your best friend. Vitamins C and E are also present and they function as antioxidants - lessening the wear and tear we put on our body's surface - our skin. As well, these two vitamins protect the skin against the environment in general; including smoke, wind, sun, and more. Moreover, cannabidiol is known to tighten skin which lessens wrinkles and laugh lines. It's the Omegas that are in Cannabis oils; namely, hemp oils with CBD that give us this type of therapy for our skin. The fatty acids regenerate the protective layer of our skin and make it smoother - which leads to a more youthful appearance. This is why many women, and even men, are using beauty or skin care products with this cannabinoid at night before bed. An individual's body that lacks access to omega fatty acids found in these products is much more likely to have acne or dry skin conditions.
In addition, experts have been touting the ability to treat Eczema with CBD oils or creams applied topically. There's no known exact reason for developing this skin disorder, but many health professionals believe it's an allergic reaction of an inflammatory nature residing under the skin. The scientific research into CBD as an anti-inflammatory is cumbersome to say the least – meaning there's a ton of it. While CBD may not get rid of this condition, it's known to keep it in check. Other skin allergies also respond the same to cannabidiol applied topically. So there's much more to looking beautiful that can be gained from the use of many of these products. Keep in mind that the anti-inflammatory and cell rejuvenation/regeneration of cannabidiol in treating skin cancers led to the creation of these beauty products that contain them. The same type of actions that allow skin to grow back are involved in many of those skin cancer treatments that utilize both THC and CBD oils.
Dr. Jame Heskett, founder of the Wellpath Clinic in New York City stated, "CBD oil is highly anti-inflammatory, making it a promising treatment for acne, eczema and other skin conditions." She went on to state…"it's sebotastic (which means that it inhibits the growth of cells that produce sebum)”, yet another attribute that makes it great for acne and oily skin. Plus, you know how antioxidants are key to protecting your complexion from the elements? CBD happens to be a "potent antioxidant" which means it may "play a role in the prevention of age-related changes in the skin." While there may not be a plethora of science to share on these subjects - it's out there for those that want to research it. While many question the validity of CBD skin care products working as a 'beauty enhancer', it's obvious that there's underlying research that proves this in many other ways by utilizing the hemp compound to treat multiple underlying skin disorders that do, indeed, affect how we look.
I have my own personal experience with CBD Beauty products. In 2014, a company provided me with skin care products to use on multiple scars on my forehead that came from a high speed auto racing wreck. It was amazing using them and seeing those scars slowly blend into the laugh lines on my forehead. Within weeks, multiple people that spoke to me face to face made comments on how I 'looked better'. I hadn't lost any weight or changed my appearance in any other way so examining myself in the mirror was imperative. What I found was so intense and it still is with me today. I haven't used a CBD beauty product in 5 years but the anti-aging ability of the cannabinoid has allowed me to have an appearance that is far different than prior to use. Many will make comments when seeing side by side comparison photos of before and after use - as it's hard to believe the pre-CBD facial product face is the old photo and the current one is new. It literally appears like I have a photo of myself from a decade in the future, when in fact, it's a half decade old! Personal testimony of women and men alike who've used these products are driving the market for more. We can all wait for the science to prove how cannabinoid medicine works in various ways, but that's going to take years if not decades to gain clinical trials that truly let us know through double-blind placebo study. In the meantime, there are many people that would like to clear up a skin condition and look younger at the same time. These CBD beauty products have shown great promise in my own life and I hope they do so in yours as well. Shop wisely and get the best deal you can - but make sure you're using a reputable company. Many will get input from friends and others that use a product instead of paying attention to advertising campaigns. It's always great to have some input from someone who has already tried something you're about to use.
Mike Robinson: Founder, Global Cannabinoid Research Center