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How does CBD affect the skin?

How Does CBD Affect the Skin?

As the largest organ of the body, our skin is something we all strive to look after and care for. Whether this is by using moisturising body creams, toners, and cleansers or protecting yourself from harmful UV rays with suntan lotion, there are many ways to look after your skin. However, with the popularity of CBD use constantly rising, are there potential benefits to using CBD skincare products? Let’s take a look.

What is CBD?

When we think of cannabis, our mind tends to conjure up imagery of its psychotropic properties, which are the result of the cannabinoid tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). However, there are around 113 different cannabinoids in cannabis and hemp, all with the potential to produce an effect, whether noticeable or not. After THC, cannabidiol (CBD) is the second most abundant cannabinoid found in the lion’s share of cannabis cultivars.

What exactly does CBD do for the skin?

At present, numerous studies and reviews have sought to determine CBD’s potential to benefit both healthy and damaged skin cells. One study explored CBD’s potential to suppress inflammatory cytokines and chemokines—two proteins that catalyse the inflammatory response. CBD has also been studied for its potential to nurture the skin by promoting proper cell proliferation and differentiation. Its potential antioxidant properties make it an intriguing ingredient for anti-ageing creams.

The Effectiveness of CBD on Skin Conditions

While CBD has shown some promise as a potential way to soothe more or less healthy skin, how does it fare against more prominent skin conditions, such as eczema, psoriasis, and acne? This is a little more of a controversial subject of conversation. CBD has been probed for its potential lipostatic, antiproliferative, and anti-inflammatory properties, all of which lay the groundwork for producing a positive effect on a person’s skin.


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