If it’s one thing that Americans of all ages shop for in mass, it’s skincare products. Even teenagers going through the woes of puberty are being hit by the need to clear up their oily complexion with help from a wide variety of skincare products. Older adults, on the other hand, are looking for the fountain of youth in a bottle, opting to use an anti-aging topical cream after every meal.
With the U.S. and the rest of the world affixed on the conversation surrounding marijuana legalization, many beauty product manufacturers have taken notice and decided to get in on the hype however they can. As research has continued to pour in on the benefits of topical cannabidiol (CBD) for alleviating anxiety, chronic inflammation, pain, insomnia, and some rare forms of childhood epilepsy, beauty products are beginning to integrate CBD into their formulas to create skincare solutions with benefits that are not just skin deep. Let’s look deeper into the pores of this merger of CBD into beauty products to see if you might benefit from slathering these topical creams on your skin.
How Does CBD Affect The Skin?
How big is the global CBD cosmetics market? Well, right now, it’s estimated to be valued at over $580 million, with North America leading the way. Another report shows that it will hit $1.7 billion by 2025. As the world becomes more captivated by the benefits of CBD and the innovations of the beauty industry, the more realistic that $1.7 billion figure becomes.
After beauty product manufacturers found out that CBD extracts can be absorbed through the epidermis layers of the skin to interact with cannabinoid receptors located on skin surface cells, they jumped on the opportunity to integrate it with their topical creams. This is because, as research has proven, what we put on our skin doesn’t only affect the skin itself; it can also have long-lasting effects on our health and general wellbeing.
CBD and Acne
CBD might also be effective in fighting acne as it helps reduce the production of sebum in the skin which causes acne to sprout. The theory is that the anti-inflammatory properties of CBD are what is limiting the sebum production. But this theory only scratches the surface of the proposed benefits of CBD to combat acne since the factors that influence acne also include hormonal imbalances and stress levels (factors which CBD has been proven to help alleviate).
Additionally, studies have indicated that CBD may be effective in treating eczema and psoriasis as well even though its effects are relatively weak compared to topical steroids like hydrocortisone. In the end, since the exact nature of how CBD works to help treat serious skin conditions such as acne, eczema or psoriasis remains unknown, be sure to consult with your dermatologist to see what treatment options they would recommend for you.