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All About CBD Skincare

All About CBD Skincare

CBD products join the skin care market

CBD-infused products have seemingly dominated the skin care industry, especially over the last few years. If you frequent the skin care aisle of your favorite store at all, you almost-definitely have noticed the surge of CBD skin care products for sale. While some may view it as hype or the “latest craze” and dismiss it completely, CBD actually has the potential to bring some amazing benefits to the skin care game that almost no other compound can bring.

CBD skin care’s takeover + industry projections

Many brands have released products like CBD moisturizers for the face and body, CBD face masks, CBD-infused makeup, CBD facial cleanser, and CBD toner; promoting CBD’s ability to reduce inflammation, promote a more-even skin tone, repair dry skin, and more through a topical application. Even bath products like CBD bath bombs and bath scrubs have joined the other CBD products on the shelves. CBD is really unique in the sense that it can target both the traditional skin care market, as well as consumers who prefer a more organic or natural skin care product.

The global CBD skin care market has exploded, generating $120.87 million in 2018. The shiny and new industry is expected to continue on an upwards trend and hit $390 million by the end of 2024, with some reports estimating it to $959 million dollars by then. Grand View Research predicts the CBD skin care industry to reach $1.7 billion by 2025. Unlike other trends we have seen come and go, it looks like this is just the beginning for CBD skin care.

What does science say?

Before we jump into the science, remember that these statements about CBD are not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure. You should always talk to your doctor before introducing products to your routine.

With that being said, this study in particular shows CBD to have potential therapeutic effects on psoriasis, a common skin condition that can cause dry skin and redness, as well as other symptoms. Another study explored the use of CBD to provide healing effects to people with inflammatory skin conditions, psoriasis and atopic dermatitis specifically, as well as the scars that resulted from these conditions. The participants administered a CBD-rich topical ointment to their affected areas twice a day for three months. The results found that the topical treatment with CBD significantly improved the skin parameters and markers that the researchers were studying; these parameters included skin elasticity, hydration, and TEWL (or transepidermal water loss). Best of all, the report notes that “No irritant or allergic reactions were documented during the period treatment.”

So, how does it work?

The reason CBD works is because of the endocannabinoid system. The endocannabinoid system is a system that is made up of various receptors. These receptors are perfectly designed to receive cannabinoids such as CBD. Cannabinoids are found both in our bodies and in plants, primarily the cannabis plant. One of the biggest cannabinoids that people seek to use? CBD. For your reference, THC is also a cannabinoid, however, CBD oil derived from hemp contains no THC and won’t create a psychoactive effect. Hemp is also legal under federal law.

CBD can target and work closely with these receptors to promote our bodies with a sense of wellbeing and balance. These receptors, known as CB1 and CB2 receptors, are located throughout the body, including every layer and every area of our skin. The endocannabinoid system has been studied since the 1990s and has since been the subject of various studies and research projects.

A study exploring the endocannabinoid system as a potential approach for skin care conditions reads, “Numerous studies have reported that phytocannabinoids and their biological analogues modulate a complex network pharmacology involved in the modulation of ECS, focusing on classical cannabinoid receptors, transient receptor potential channels (TRPs), and peroxisome proliferator-activated receptors (PPARs). The combined targeting of several end-points seems critical to provide better chances of therapeutically success, in sharp contrast to the one-disease-one-target dogma that permeates current drug discovery campaigns.”

Hemp seed oil vs. CBD

Some skin care products have started to include hemp seed oil in their ingredients. It is important to understand that there is a difference between hemp seed oil and CBD oil. Hemp seed oil is exactly what the name suggests, oil that has been cold-pressed and extracted from hemp seeds. It can also be called hemp oil. While it provides great benefits like moisturization and hydration to the skin, it doesn’t extend past cosmetic purposes, whereas CBD can provide more of a therapeutic and repairing effect to the skin.

CBD is extracted from all parts of the hemp plant, including the flower, stem, stalks, and leaves. CBD-infused skin care products will be labeled as CBD or full-spectrum hemp oil.

Other natural ingredients that may help the health of your skin

Colloidal oatmeal has long been recognized as a skin soother. In fact, the Food and Drug Administration classified colloidal oatmeal as a skin protectant in 2003. The first colloidal oatmeal product became available on the market for skin care in 1945! This study says colloidal oatmeals’ “many functional properties make colloidal oatmeal a cleanser, moisturizer, buffer, as well as a soothing and protective anti-inflammatory agent.”

Natural ingredients are becoming more mainstream as people start to uncover some of the potential dangers of traditional skin care ingredients, with some containing things like hormone disruptors.

In conclusion

CBD skin care needs more research before it can be used as a treatment. With that being said, so many have experienced rewarding results from using it. There’s no harm in trying it and seeing how it works for you.
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