We have all been there. We have strolled up and down the aisles of our drugstore, skimmed through overpriced magazines to get to their health and beauty section, begged our genetically-gifted friends for skincare advice. Yet we still experience it all: acne, sunburn, redness, wrinkles, and a whole lot more.
It can sometimes feel as though we are in a lifelong battle with our skin, attempting to force it to conform to the airbrushed photos we see around us every day. Some of us may have the added frustration of spending way too much money on trendy, overpriced products that do nothing for our skin in the long run (or worse, end up damaging or drying out our skin).
But have you truly tried everything? You might be surprised about the new trick that companies and individuals are slipping into their beauty and skincare products: cannabidiol (CBD).
Are CBD skincare products (as well as hemp oil) effective and, if so, what skin conditions can it be used to treat? Can it be used as an ingredient in cream or balm to help combat dry skin or as an eye cream? What about a face serum for acne-prone skin or as an anti-aging serum? Can it be used as a lotion to help treat eczema or irritated skin? Although we are not going to pretend to be dermatologists, we can tell you about some of the promising new evidence that CBD can help with some of our most common skin care problems.
CBD skincare products for acne and oily skin
One of the most common skin care woes is acne-ridden, oily skin. Our glands naturally produce oil which keeps our skin lubricated, but when we build up too much of it, our pores get clogged and we end up breaking out.
Since middle school, many of us have tried endless tips and tricks, from painful pore strips to pricey mail-order products sold to us by our favorite movie stars and musicians. But recently the beauty industry has pivoted, and begun to focus on using all-natural ingredients, including CBD skincare products.
This is because research has suggested that, among its many uses, CBD can regulate our sebum glands and reduce irritation, which means that both the symptoms and underlying causes of acne will be addressed.
Using hemp products for aging
CBD is starting to make a splash in products addressing acne, but it also being heralded as an age-defying tool as well.
Unlike acne and inflammation, there has been less research into how CBD affects the visible signs of aging, like wrinkles and sunspots. However, we do know one core reason why our skin changes in undesirable ways as we age: inflammation.
Although more research will certainly be conducting in the coming years, connections are already being made between CBD and anti-inflammatory properties. As studies are already showing that CBD skincare products can reduce inflammation related to acne, it is easy to infer that the same effects could be noted when it comes to visible signs of aging.
Either way, if you are on the prowl for new anti-aging treatments, you will be sure to notice that many of your options, including the most popular and reputable brands in the business, are adding CBD.
CBD and stress management
Acne and aging are not just about your genetics. Environmental factors and lifestyle choices can also come into play. Some changes are completely in control, like cutting down on greasy foods and ensuring your pillowcases are washed frequently. Other things, like stress and anxiety, are a lot harder to control.
Over 40 million Americans struggle with anxiety, and our lives are only getting busier and more stressful. You might notice that a busy work week or a hectic mid-term season will leave your skin looking worse, but you cannot simply quit your job or drop out of school in the name of glowing skin.
Fortunately, one of the most common uses of CBD is to manage stress and anxiety. If you believe you are struggling in a way that needs medical attention, the first place to visit is your doctor’s office. They can help you access resources that can help and can suggest a treatment routine.
That being said, the evidence does support the notion that CBD can be one of many effective approaches to stress. While this will not directly treat acne, with an improved outlook on life and less stress weighing you down, it is more likely you will be able to maintain clear and healthy skin.
If you think that CBD and hemp might be a good option for your skin, you might be a little overwhelmed with questions. Is it legal? Is it safe? Which products are the best?
Luckily, the first two questions have easy answers. CBD is legal in all fifty states, and many people safely use it to boost their general health—although you should always speak to your doctor to discuss what’s best for your body and health.
The third question is a little fuzzier. Many brands have started to incorporate CBD into their products, but not all CBD skincare products are made equal. For starters, brands might cater to different needs (including cruelty-free products, products for sensitive skin, and products that include sun protection). While some people might benefit best from a CBD-infused moisturizer, others might need a more intensive scrub to exfoliate dead skin and excess oil.
There might be a period of trial and error before you find the perfect product. If you wanted to avoid the seemingly never-ending period of trying out new products (and potentially save money), you could purchase CBD tinctures, and create your own products from scratch. Many tried and true, all-natural skin care ingredients can easily be purchased at drug stores and supermarkets, such as activated charcoal, witch hazel, and tea tree oil.
Additionally, buying a CBD oil can help you ensure that you are buying only the highest quality product.
If your fancy exfoliating brushes and elaborate homemade face masks are no longer doing the trick, a couple of drops of CBD oil mixed in lotion might just be the magic trick you have been waiting for. All you need to do now is try it out.
Have you used CBD in your skin care routine? Please leave a comment below.