Many people will be aware of the health benefits of CBD for our bodies. By consuming CBD, we can give our general health and well being a boost, as it enters the bloodstream and then works with the endocannabinoid system to keep everything at optimal levels.
Another benefit to CBD which is less talked about it its effect on our skin when it is used as a topical. CBD can be found in an array of balms, gels and creams which can be rubbed onto the skin to help with a number of skin issues.
CBD or cannabidiol is one of the natural compounds or cannabinoids which are present in the cannabis plant. There are over 100 major compounds in the plant, and we are seeing increasing amounts of research showing the benefits of these compounds to human health.
When CBD is in the bloodstream, it can give us a number of health benefits, all round the body, but when it is rubbed into the skin, it can give us plenty of others, focused on a more specific area.
CBD is only one of the compounds in the cannabis plant, and also happens to be one that doesn’t make you high when you take it – it is the compound known as THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) which makes you high. CBD is safe to take, non-addictive and won’t give you any long term, bad side effects.
We are seeing a boom in the number of CBD topical products for skincare that are available, and here are four reasons why it is becoming to popular.
It can reduce inflammation and acne
Acne is the most common skin complaint for people. Unfortunately, the reasons why people get it can vary, and this makes it difficult to treat the root cause. However, it is possible to try to deal with the symptoms of acne.
CBD is anti-inflammatory in its nature. One of its major benefits when it is taken into the bloodstream is that it can reduce inflammation within the body, and when it is rubbed into the skin, this benefit is even more obvious.
CBD can be used to help to treat some skin inflammation problems like acne. Research shows that CBD can help to calm the skin, reduce redness and suppress breakouts. There is also research that shows that CBD can keep sebum levels balanced in the skin. Sebum is the oil which is in the skin and it is the over-production of sebum can be instrumental is causing acne.
(Another note about acne – although stress isn’t a primary cause of acne, it can affect flare-ups and make them worse. Taking CBD can help people who suffer from anxiety and stress, having a calming effect, which means that it can help to reduce acne both directly and indirectly)
2. It can help with dry skin
Almost everyone suffers from dry skin at some point in their lives. There can be a number of reasons why we get dry skin, including the changes in the climate or atmosphere, age, frequent washing and drying, skin conditions and even your occupation.
CBD can help to balance the amount of oil that the skin produces, helping it to bring back moisture levels to ‘normal’ and therefore helping to reduce dryness of the skin.
3. It has anti-aging properties
The visual signs of aging such as wrinkles occur usually as a result of the loss of elasticity in the skin, damage from free radicals, as well as the fact that the body is increasingly unable to fight off inflammation. There are also some other factors which can affect how quickly your skin ages – such as exposure to sunlight, smoking and a genetic disposition.
The anti-oxidant properties which CBD has can be useful in reducing some the signs of aging. The anti-oxidants can reduce the damage done by free radicals in the skin. It is these free radicals which can cause signs of aging by damaging the skin cells, so by reducing this damage, CBD can help to fight off visible signs such as wrinkles and dull skin.
CBD’s anti-inflammatory properties can help to boost the body’s efforts in dealing with inflammation, and therefore help to reduce the visible signs of aging in the skin.
4. It can help to calm eczema and psoriasis
Eczema and psoriasis are both very common skin problems which can be uncomfortable and annoying at best and massively life impacting at worst. We are still not sure exactly what causes these skin problems, but CBD can be useful.
Some of the qualities which CBD has that can help with eczema and psoriasis, include that old favourite, its anti-inflammatory qualities as well as its anti-microbial and anti-itch qualities.
It is thought that CBD’s anti-itch qualities are due to the fact that it can reduce dry skin.
There are also other benefits to using CBD topicals. If you have a tension headache you can massage in some CBD cream to your temples for pain relief. Likewise, if you are suffering from muscle or joint pain, you can also use CBD creams and gels to help to reduce pain here.
How to use CBD for Skin Problems
Using CBD topical products to help with your skin problems is easy.
- Start by washing the area where you are going to apply the cream properly and wash your hands thoroughly.
- Make sure that you dry them properly.
- Rub your CBD topical into the skin. Rub it in thoroughly and then add more of it if you need it. Many people add a few layers, so even though you don’t want to use too much, be generous with the amount of the topical that you use.
- Wash your hands thoroughly afterwards. Depending on the topical that you have, it will include other ingredients which might not be nice if it gets in your eyes or mouth.
Due to the fact that CBD topicals enter the body through the skin and does not enter the bloodstream, there is no upper limit on how much you can use. You will not be able to overdose and these topicals can be used as and when you wish.
There are always new products coming out which claim to help people with their skincare – whether it is problematic or not. CBD products use a natural plant extract to nourish and fight against skin problems whether it is for your face, body or a more specific area.
CBD topicals are easy to apply, effective and very safe to use. There are a wide range available, so all that is left is for you to look around and try some out to see which you like best.