Cannabis Could Be the New Super Ingredient in Skin Care!

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Skin care is in, and the beauty industry is on the lookout for the next natural, plant-derived super serum.

Cannabinoids, or CBD, are a chemical compound found in cannabis, and they might be the ideal ingredient.

Several studies have found skin care benefits of topical CBD, which doesn’t have psychoactive properties like the compound tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). There’s potential for topical CBD to ease symptoms associated with acne, itch, eczema, and psoriasis, according to a recent analysis of existing research.

The authors of the analysis pointed to a small study on 3 percent cannabis cream for acne.

The study found that people with acne and redness who applied CBD cream on one side of their face two times a day saw significant decrease in sebum (the oil that can cause acne) and redness.

The anti-inflammatory properties of CBD were found to be an effective topical treatment for skin conditions like psoriasis and eczema.

Dr. Jeanette Jacknin, a California-based dermatologist, spoke at the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) recently about the potential of using topical CBD for skin care and said that cannabis may also be the next big thing in antiaging skin care routines.

“There are two recent studies that show the importance of CB1 receptors [cannabinoid receptor] in the skin for healthy basal cell regeneration,” she said. “Basal cells have to regenerate and grow. If they don’t, you look much older.”

That doesn’t mean cannabinoids will be a fountain of youth. “Using CBD oil for antiaging won’t be like retinol,” she explained. “CBD is just an extra thing to add to the mix as part of a skin care regimen. Unsaturated fatty acids help with moisturizing and CBD helps with inflammation.”

What to Know Before You Buy

“I think there’s tremendous potential for CBD to help people with a lot of illnesses, not just skin,” Jacknin stated. But she warned that topical cannabis is a new industry, and CBD products are not approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). “What’s on the label is not necessarily what’s in the product,” Jacknin said. The quality of the ingredients, the amount of CBD in the product, and the efficacy depend on the brand, she pointed out.

“It’s important to do your research on reputable brands and to be cautious,” she advised. One pointer she shared: “Read the back label. If CBD or cannabinol is the very last ingredient listed, there’s barely going to be any in the product.”

She also recommended that someone wanting to try a topical CBD use Natural Partners and Green Flower Media as reputable resources for information and reviews.

There’s also a need for additional, larger studies on topical CBD. “Our government hasn’t allowed us to do the really good scientific research on cannabis. The research comes from all over the world,” she pointed out.

The skin care of the future won’t just be limited to CBD creams. “Other plants with similar skin-healing properties are just beginning to be discovered,” Jacknin said. One potential ingredient you may start seeing in your skin care products is hops, the plant used in beer.

“We’re on the cutting edge of a whole industry and field of study,” Jacknin said.

Is CBD Legal? Marijuana-derived CBD products are illegal on the federal level, but are legal under some state laws. Hemp-derived CBD products (with less than 0.3 percent THC) are legal on the federal level, but are still illegal under some state laws. Check your state’s laws and those of anywhere you travel. Keep in mind that nonprescription CBD products are not FDA-approved, and may be inaccurately labeled.