The skincare secret no one is talking about

CBD fights against psoriasis, acne, wrinkles, scarring, and more

I’ve devoted a lot of space in this issue to singing the praises of cannabis—and cannabidiol (CBD), in particular. And I’ve covered it at length numerous times over the last couple of years. But with so much ground to cover, I could easily fill another dozen issues on this topic.

For now, though, I want to focus on one application that hasn’t gotten much attention yet. And that’s CBD’s benefits for your skin… whether it’s aging, injured, acne-prone, or inflamed.

A surprising cure for acne

Research on CBD’s dermatological uses is still fairly minimal. But a 2014 study published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation highlights one of its main applications—and that’s as an acne remedy.

Acne occurs due to excessive oil production, dirt, and dead skin cell build-up in pores. But ultimately, it’s bacteria that causes those telltale painful, red blemishes. And it just so happens that CBD may be able to slam the brakes on the entire process.

Researchers examined the effects of CBD on human skin and sebaceous glands in the lab. Ultimately, they found that not only did this cannabinoid block oil production, it also soothed inflammation in oil-producing glands, too.1

And when you consider the fact that CBD is also a natural bacteria-fighter—as effective as some popular antibiotics, as I explained back in the February issue—it’s not hard to see why topical CBD might pave the way to cleaner pores and clearer skin.2

And that’s not all …

CBD takes on psoriasis, dermatitis, itching, and aging

Researchers observed the effects of CBD ointment on 20 patients with severe skin diseases—five with psoriasis, five with atopic dermatitis, and ten with scarring due to either disease.

Subjects applied the cream twice daily for three months. And in the end, the CBD ointment improved critical skin health parameters like hydration and elasticity, along with Psoriasis Area and Severity Index (PASI) scores, significantly.3

Researchers concluded that topical CBD could be a safe and effective option for boosting the quality of life of patients with inflammatory skin disorders. And that’s not the first time science has suggested as much, either.

In fact, a different study from back in 2005 found that CBD cream was able to completely stop itchy skin in more than 80 percent of dialysis patients. Presumably because the cannabinoids are able to turn off problematic signals to nerve endings—safely and naturally.4

And it’s really no surprise. Among its many critical roles, the endocannabinoid system also claims responsibility for skin homeostasis—namely, by fighting free radicals, reducing inflammation, increasing moisture, and boosting collagen levels.

This makes the phytocannabinoids in CBD a powerful potential foil—not just for wounds, burns, and inflammatory skin conditions, but for both scarring and wrinkles, too.

So whether you’re keeping CBD ointment in your first aid kit or on your bedside table, or if you’ve simply been debating whether or not to give it a try, it looks like you really can’t go wrong.

As always, look for a topical balm, cream or ointment made from full spectrum hemp extract… and let me know how it works for you!

References:

1. Attila O, et al. Cannabidiol exerts sebostatic and antiinflammatory effects on human sebocytes.” J Clin Invest. 2014 Sep 2; 124(9): 3713–3724.

2. American Society for Microbiology. “Cannabidiol is a powerful new antibiotic.” Science Daily, 06/23/2019. (sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/06/190623143055.htm)

3. Palmieri B, et al. “A Therapeutic Effect of Cbd-Enriched Ointment in Inflammatory Skin Diseases and Cutaneous Scars.” Clin Ter. Mar-Apr 2019;170(2):e93-e99.

4. Mounessa J, et al. “The Role of Cannabinoids in Dermatology.” J Am Acad Dermatol. 2017 Jul;77(1):188-190.


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