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Cannabis and CBD for Acne

Whether a life-long chronic condition or brought on by puberty, the unsightly inflammatory skin disease does not discriminate based on age. However, the condition can be treated in many ways, which may include the use of CBD-infused topical analgesics and medicinal alternatives. 

What is Acne?

Acne, a condition where dirt and dead skin block pores, is spreading among adults rapidly, according to the American Academy of Dermatology, reporting up to 50 million Americans struggle with the condition annually. At the same time, up to 85 percent of Americans will suffer minor acne between the ages of 12-24. There are different acne types, which are most commonly found in women, though men also suffer from the condition. 

Many environmental and biological factors affect acne. Along with smog and pollution, hormonal imbalances, genetics, stress and anxiety, diet and some medications exacerbate the condition. The most significant difference between genders is men are more likely to have permanent scarring from acne. Treating acne as soon as possible is ideal, with many remedies available including taking medicine, applying a topical solution, undergoing dermatologist prescribed chemical peels, or having laser and light therapy treatments. 

Can Cannabinoids Treat Acne?

Along with dirt and oil, skin becomes clogged by sebum, which carries dead skin cells to the skin surface. CBD is proven to alter elevated levels of sebum that interact with dead skin cells, oils, and other toxins, which further clog pores. CBD’s anti-inflammatory agents help relieve this clogged skin inflammation. 

The Journal of Clinical Investigation reported in 2014 that a study revealed CBD reduces the number of sebocytes, the cells that make sebum. Researchers found that not only did CBD prevent excess oily sebum, but also discovered CBD oil caused a cell-based anti-inflammatory reaction to cytokines, which can exacerbate an acne condition. 

The journal Frontiers in Plant Science published a 2016 study proving CBD’s antibacterial and antifungal benefits that reportedly reduce skin infections caused by dust and other contaminants. While the initial results of those studies are positive, there is still an absence of human trials. 

While CBD trials to fight acne continue, there is no denying that it has made a noted difference thus far. Studies show CBD holds antibacterial properties which can potentially help prevent any breakouts, heal sensitive skin, assist in the aging process, and prevent sunburn.  


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