Everything You Need to Know about the CBD Beauty Trend

21st January 2019
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CBD oil is having a moment and its beauty benefits and promising future in the industry are hard to ignore. We have investigated the beauty benefits of CBD oil, to give you everything you need to know before trying the popular CBD beauty trend.

What Is CBD and How Does It Work?

The cannabis plant hosts a wonderful variety of over 100 compounds called cannabinoids that are reported to contain medicinal benefits (1, 2). One of these cannabinoids is cannabidiol or CBD. Cannabinoids are chemical messengers that activate certain cell membrane receptors located throughout the body. Receptors are part of the endocannabinoid system, and they are involved in many physiological processes including appetite, pain-sensation, sleep, mood and memory (3, 4). Cannabinoids can be naturally produced by the body and these are called endogenous or we can consume them through various ways including orally and topically (through the skin) exogenous. The cannabinoids used in our products are considered exogenous, however, when consumed they also interact with our cannabinoid receptors within the body.

There are currently two subtypes of cannabinoid G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) identified in the body being CB1 and CB2. These receptors are expressed all over the body internally and externally. The CB1 receptor is mainly found in the brain, and to a lesser extent in the lungs, liver, and kidneys. The CB2 receptor is expressed mainly in the immune system and in hematopoietic cells (5).
The mechanism of action for cannabinoids is to attach to CB1 and CB2 body receptors. With new research suggesting that CBD doesn’t seem to attach to either receptor directly and may help your body use its own cannabinoids.

The Beauty Benefits of CBD

The beauty benefits of CBD skin balm are growing with dermatologists including a board-certified dermatologist, Dr. Debra Jaliman recommend the use of CBD oil for hair and skin (6). “It’s rich in vitamins A, C, and E,” says Dr. Jaliman. “Vitamin A stimulates the cells responsible for producing the tissue that keeps skin firm and healthy; vitamin C stimulates collagen production, and it helps to reduce signs of aging; [and] vitamin E blocks free radicals from the body [which] helps slow down the aging process,”.
In addition to the benefits report of CBD on the skin studies also show it can aid those suffering from acne. Acne is known to be an inflammatory condition and due to the anti-inflammatory mechanism of CBD, it could soon become a future treatment for acne (7, 8).

CBD beauty products might also help other inflammatory-related conditions such as skin allergies, rosacea, eczema and psoriasis (9, 10).

CBD shows itself to be exceptionally well tolerated in all the studies we explored however caution should be exerted when trying the CBD beauty trend as not all products are created the same and some will have added chemicals that could irritate the skin. Additionally, make sure you know what CBD content is in your product at the market is still largely unregulated. Each CBD oil contains a different concentration of CBD, so it is very important to read the label and understand what it means and you have researched the product. As with any new product for an existing condition please consult your care provider if you are concerned about any potential interactions.

Now, I’m off to slather my ageing face in the stuff!


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