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Top 5 Benefits of CBD for Skin Health

By MaryAnn Stanger ND  •  0 comments  •   6 minute read

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Having good skin goes beyond simply valuing your appearance. It also has a significant impact on our self-confidence and overall well-being. Being the largest organ, the skin plays a key role in maintaining good health. In short, if you put in the effort of taking care of your skin, its ability to take care of you increases.

We’ve discussed the body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS) and how it’s crucial in maintaining homeostasis. Every organ in the body has its respective ECS, including our skin.

Because of this, CBD is now being hailed as one of the many hero ingredients in skincare products since it’s believed that cannabidiol has the potential to stimulate our body’s cannabinoid receptors and deliver skin-beneficial effects.

You’ve seen brands overhype their products as the cure-all for all skin issues. But do they really live up to their claims? The same question can be asked about using CBD for skin: Is it really what it's hyped up to be?

In this article, we explore this question further by presenting insights from reputable sources so that you may be able to make the decision for yourself with guidance from your dermatologist.


1. Does CBD Kill Bacteria?

Much has been said about CBD’s antibacterial properties and its potential use for skin concerns. Nevertheless, is any of this information accurate? Based on our research, the key lies in achieving a sense of balance.

While it may not be enough to replace antibiotics, CBD — when working in tandem with other antimicrobial ingredients — may assist with bacterial overgrowth, which leads to some skin issues.

bacteria on skin being killed by CBD

In one research, scientists have experimented on numerous CBD delivery systems to learn which is more effective. They found that, with continuous topical application, CBD-infused oils have shown much promise as versatile antimicrobial agents without developing any resistance.

It’s worth noting that this study 1) hasn’t been officially peer-reviewed, 2) hasn’t been published in any scientific journal, and 3) hasn’t done any human studies as of yet.

But don’t be disheartened just yet! This does open the doors for more research into and development of more topical CBD-based products that target bacteria-related skin issues in the future.


2. Can CBD Oil Soothe Dry, Itchy Skin?

Many things have been said about the ECS and how CBD is able to positively stimulate its process. A lot has also been said about much-needed omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids — both of which play a key role in optimal skin function but are not naturally produced by our bodies.

Hemp, like fatty fish, is high in essential fatty acids. In general, whether through topical or oral means, omega acid-rich oils and other products help reduce inflammation and other skin issues, as well as boost normal skin barrier function, appearance, and structural integrity.

How much can be credited to its effects on the ECS, and how much can be credited to its high omega acid content? CBD for skin shows much promise for users who are looking for exciting and innovative options,” says Dr. Tina Alster, M.D. from Georgetown University Medical Center in Washington, D.C.

Consumers who have used CBD-based topicals have reported their highly moisturizing and soothing properties. However, more studies need to be done to prove if these results are because of CBD’s effects on the ECS or if they are simply the consequences of an omega acid-rich formulation.

To note, some CBD-based skincare contains itch-triggering terpenes. Be sure to check the label and spot-test all topical products first before applying them liberally.


3. Can CBD Help Slow Down The Skin’s Aging Process?

Free radicals are a natural part of life.

However, when the body overproduces free radicals and underproduces antioxidants, oxidative stress happens and inevitably leads to premature aging of the skin.

CBD for face care for aging skin

While researchers conduct more studies, CBD indeed exhibits anti-aging effects. Anecdotal reports build on its potential as a therapeutic agent in slowing down the aging process through possible antioxidative and anti-inflammatory effects.

Again, this brings us back to the issue surrounding the effects of CBD’s role in influencing the ECS to stimulate skin homeostasis since a lot remains unknown on the intricacies of cannabinoids’ interaction with other human bodily systems.


4. Does CBD Help In Regulating Oily Skin?

There’s a myth permeating the skin’s ability to produce sebum.

For decades, skin care practices have built on stripping the skin of oils to keep it from trapping acne-causing bacteria. However, recent research has found that this does more harm than good.

It works on a negative feedback process where sebum is produced when dry skin is present, and it strips the natural oils from the skin. And when it’s adequately hydrated, the skin then minimizes its sebum production.

Anecdotal evidence shows that using CBD on your skin may assist with excess sebum production and oil-balancing potential. The ECS, as well as the quality of other ingredients it's formulated with, make this result achievable.

But, much like most findings surrounding cannabidiol as a skincare hero ingredient, more conclusive studies are required to prove these initial claims.


5. Is CBD Good For Sensitive Skin?

Because of daily exposure to the elements and pollution, more and more people are experiencing skin sensitivity and reactivity.

To work around this, many brands have claimed that CBD-based skincare contains substantial skin-calming and skin-normalizing properties that may assist with these issues.

But — at the risk of sounding like a broken record — we ask again: How much can be attributed to CBD’s effects on the ECS versus the high omega acid content and moisturizing properties of its delivery systems (ex., oils, thick balms, etc.)?

women moisturizing with CBD

Managing sensitive skin, it’s always a good practice to check for quality ingredients. For example, at Zatural, we only use top-quality, organic ingredients and do away with skin-sensitizing substances.

Together with our highly bioavailable CBD, each of our products is formulated with other skin-balancing ingredients to bring more hydration and help strengthen the skin barrier to mitigate skin issues.

As a responsible consumer, pay attention to how your skin reacts to any product you apply to your skin. As a good practice, we encourage doing spot tests to know if there are any elements that your skin may react to negatively.


Sum It Up!

We hope that this article helps you in making informed decisions in addressing all your skincare needs with CBD. However, it's important to remember that with any substance, side effects like allergies may occur.

Bear in mind: Each individual's skin exhibits uniqueness. The most suitable products for you are those that your skin genuinely favors. Along with CBD, you might also be interested in another bi-product of the cannabis plant, like hemp seed oil.

When choosing the right amount of CBD-based skin care product, exercise caution and carefully read the ingredients list to check for potency, soothing ingredients, irritants, health claims, quality control, legality, and hemp source.

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