Cannabidiol for Acne Relief
Can CBD help Acne?
One of the many problems all teenagers and adults go through together is dealing with skin problems, acne, and skin care related issues. Everyone knows it isn’t pleasant to look at, feel, or have.
Evidence from a 2014 article in the Journal of Clinical Investigations suggests that CBD can halt the overproduction of oil secreted by the skin. This is one of the causes of acne, the most common human skin disease. Despite basic and applied research into the subject, an indisputable cure for acne does not yet exist.
CBD does however hinder the creation of fats and oils in the skin, which are the cause of acne. CBDs have undergone multiple evaluations by the food and drug administration and other organizations for the effectiveness of CBD oil for acne and irritated skin
What is Acne?
Scientifically known as Acne Vulgaris, acne is caused by the inflammation of skin pores, excess oil production from the sebaceous glands in the skin, dead skin-cell buildup, and propionibacteria (a fat/lipid producing bacteria).
The sebaceous glands are the glands in the skin that cause sebum production in your skin. When these things come together, acne is produced. This phenomena has plagued humanity for millennia.
Hyperproliferation of skin cells, or the abnormal excess creation of skin cells, is another cause for acne to be produced on the skin. The arguably most effective cure on the market for Acne Vulgaris is “Isotretinoin” (Brand name: Absorica, Zenatane, Myorisan) but Isotretinoin (FDA approved in 1982 for manufacturing by Hoffmann La Roche) is solely prescription based.
It also comes with a slew of unpleasant to downright horrible side effects, such as itching, changes in nail and skin texture, hair thinning and breakage on the head and face, dry mouth, nose, ears, throat, anus, high triglycerides, nausea, weight loss, and birth defects in pregnant women.
CBD offers a Natural alternative to such a horrible remedy, and why wouldn’t someone want an alternative when the FDA approved option is so bad?
How Does CBD Help Relieve Acne?
Today we have expensive facial scrubs, and fancy oil regulators, however, the non-psychotropic phytocannabinoid extracted from the cannabis plant known as CBD exhibits a trinity of anti-acne actions. CBD may well be one of the best treatments for acne and possibly other skin conditions like irritated skin.
The Journal of Clinical Investigation reports in its investigation for CBD as an acne treatment, that the endocannabinoid system (ECS) regulates multiple physiological processes. These include cutaneous cell growth and differentiation.
CBD exerts universal antiinflammatory actions, decreases proliferation of sebocytes, and normalizes “pro-acne agents”.
What does this mean in plain English?
“Anti-inflammatory actions” are not steps you take to stop a bar fight. They are quite simply things that stop inflammation, like Tylenol or Advil.
CBD has universal anti-inflammatory properties used in experimental models for treatment of Diabetes and Rheumatoid arthritis…and now acne.
Sebocytes are the oil build-ups around hair follicles produced by the skin. If left to build up, they will cause acne.
CBD exerts a sebostatic effect or a pausing of oil production in the skin.
Lipogenesis is the process by which the body produces lipids (body fats).
CBD normalizes oil production in cases where the lipogenesis is occurring excessively.
Such is the “cellular anti-acne trinity” of CBD.
Additional Benefits of CBD use to Relieve Acne
In addition to these effects, industrial hemp-derived CBD and Cannabis Sativa have a reported antibacterial effect on skin, despite no research having been done into the effectiveness of CBDs on “acnegenic” Propionibacterium acnes strains. “Pro-acne agents” like oily skin are also countered by the effectiveness of CBD.
Keep in mind that there are additional factors that can lead to the formation and proliferation of blackheads. It is very important to note that, based on the literature, administration of CBD holds out the promise to target these factors as well. Indeed, CBD was shown to inhibit proliferation of hyperproliferative keratinocytes (A skin cell that produces keratin).