For thousands of years, people have used natural treatments to encourage beautiful, healthy skin. Cannabidiol (CBD), a compound derived from the cannabis plant, is an alternative that is growing in popularity.
Products containing CBD are everywhere, from topical pain relievers to skin softeners and potential acne remedies.
Acne is a condition that occurs when pores are blocked by excess oil, dirt and dead skin cells. Propionibacterium acnes bacteria can build up in the pores, causing red, angry blemishes.
It’s human’s most common skin condition. At some point in their lives, most people are dealing with acne, whether occasionally or on a daily basis.
With this in mind, the treatment of acne involves keeping the skin clean, free from bacteria causing acne, and cutting back on excess oil that may obstruct the skin.
Due to its ability to change how the body produces sebum, CBD oil can help to reduce different types of acne. Sebum is a sticky, waxy material formed by the body. There are also anti-inflammatory properties of CBD oil.
Sebum allows the outside world to shield our bodies. It can interact with dead skin cells, soil, or other toxins, however, and get trapped in a pore. This clogged pore then becomes acne.
Many factors affect acne, including the production of excess sebum, hormonal imbalances, and genetics. Some other factors may also increase the severity of a person’s symptoms, such as diet, stress levels, and some medications.
A study conducted in 2014 investigated the effects of CBD on human sebocytes, the cells that create sebum. The researchers found that the CBD prevented too much of the oily sebum from creating these cells.
Researchers also discovered that CBD oil caused a cell-based anti-inflammatory reaction and prevented the activation of inflammatory cytokines. Cytokines can cause acne, which can help prevent further breakouts by increasing them.
A cannabis plant study in 2016 highlighted its antibacterial and antifungal benefits. Such effects can help reduce skin infections caused by dust and other contaminants.
While the initial results of these studies are positive, there is still a lack of human trials. Studies in humans will need to provide direct evidence in order for doctors to recommend CBD oil or cannabis products as part of an anti-acne skincare routine.
There is some evidence to suggest that acne and other skin conditions may benefit from CBD oil. Many people topically add CBD to the breakouts themselves, while others use it for long-term prevention orally.
More direct human research, however, can help to give solid support to these claims. Anyone interested in using CBD oil should speak to a professional in skincare.
Data last updated 12/02/2019