CBD & Acne: Why It Could Be a Game Changer

CBD & Acne: Why It Could Be a Game Changer

Published by Shelby Lavery on 16th Nov 2020

Acne is something that most of us struggle with at some point in our life, and sometimes that continues into adulthood - trust us, we know the struggle. A lot of acne treatments out there have harsh chemicals that can have negative, long-term effects on your skin, such as premature aging. Although there isn’t a ton of research on how CBD may be able to help treat acne, there are some early studies that have shown promising results for the cannabinoid.

So if you’re asking yourself questions like “Does CBD oil help with acne?” we’re here to help!

Early Studies

There have been some studies conducted on the effectiveness of CBD, short for cannabidiol, as a treatment for acne. According to Healthline, “acne is a condition that occurs when excess oil, dirt, and dead skin cells clog pores.” The bacteria that causes acne by building up in pores is called Propionibacterium acnes, which manifest as the red blemishes we are all very familiar with. Currently, most of the research on CBD and acne is focused on the cannabinoid’s power to stop the processes that cause acne in the first place, such as excess buildup of oil. According to a study published in The Journal of Clinical Investigation, researchers found that “CBD inhibited oil production and also had anti-inflammatory effects on oil-producing glands.” The researchers came to this conclusion by studying and measuring the effects of CBD on human skin samples and subsequent oil producing glands. This study suggests a promising future for the cannabinoid as a therapeutic agent in the treatment of acne. According to the same Healthline article, CBD could potentially have a future in treating body acne as well because it “occurs by the same mechanisms that facial acne does…” Therefore, CBD’s supposed antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties could potentially be helpful in treating body acne.

With acne sometimes comes acne scars, so you might be wondering how CBD may be a helpful treatment for acne scars. According to Healthline, acne scars are caused by “underlying disruptions in the skin caused by enlarged pimples and skin picking.” According to a study published in the journal La Clinica Terapeutica, researchers studied 20 participants who had facial scars related to psoriasis and atopic dermatitis, but not acne-specific scars. These 20 participants “applied CBD-enriched ointment to scarred areas of skin twice daily for three months.” After three months, researchers found that the participants’ skin had increased in elasticity and hydration as a result of the CBD-enriched ointment. Although this particular study had a small sample size and didn’t study acne-specific scars, it does show promising results that CBD skincare products could potentially help the appearance of acne scars, but more research is needed.

What About CBD for Other Skin Conditions?

CBD can potentially help combat other skin conditions other than acne, such as psoriasis. According to a study published in PeerJ Life & Environment, researchers found that cannabinoid receptors in the skin, such as CB1 and CB2, “have the power to reduce excess skin cell growth” which is a common problem for people with psoriasis. The researchers for this study also “theorized that cannabinoids could have the potential to “shut off” the receptors that caused excess skin cell buildup in people with psoriasis.” The only issue with this study is the fact that the researchers conducted their research on human cadaver skin, not living human skin, which makes their results hard to duplicate in future studies. Although, this study still provides hopeful evidence that CBD could potentially be used as a treatment for psoriasis and other acne-related conditions.

All of us have had itchy skin before, and there’s promising results that CBD may be able to treat the condition, according to an article published in Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology. According to a 2005 study published in the journal, 81% of hemodialysis patients with itchy skin who used a CBD cream had experienced complete resolution of their symptoms. According to the authors of the article, they theorized that “cannabinoids have the power to turn off signals that transmit to the brain from nerve endings in the skin that indicate skin itching.”

What’s Next?

Although the research on CBD and its potential for treating acne and other inflammatory skin ailments is still in its infancy, there have been promising study results. The only side effects people have experienced while taking CBD products for treating acne are: skin swelling, itchy skin, or skin peeling, but these are not common. We are very hopeful that there will be more studies focused on CBD skincare in the future, but in the meantime, glow on!

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