By now, we all know CBD can offer great benefits as a relaxation aid, with multiple studies reporting it assists in pain relief, calming the central nervous system - also known as anxiety relief - as well as helping users get a better nights’ sleep, but did you know it also has shown potential as a beauty supplement?
While it won’t plump out your wrinkles or make you 15 years younger just by taking it orally, it has been reported to deliver benefits in acne reduction, skin issues associated with stress such as eczema and psoriasis, and a general improvement in complexion.
The science behind CBD oil for acne
How does it do this? Essentially, the CBD works to reduce inflammation - that’s the swollen, red, and sore looking part of a pimple, blackhead or ingrown hair - through the activation of the endocannabinoid system. Further studies also found that CBD acts as a highly effective sebostatic agent - which essentially means it inhibits the production of sebum, the oil our skin produces. Currently, there is only one medication on the market that is approved as a sebostatic agent, and that’s Accutane which is a last-resort for those suffering with cystic acne.
The same study also suggests that because CBD activates the endocannabinoid system, which regulates multiple physiological processes, including cutaneous cell growth and differentiation, hair, skin, and nail health could benefit from taking a regular supplement containing CBD.
What to buy
Luckily, we at mommy complex have you covered with all things CBD, including nutraceuticals - and methods to use it topically too - here are our picks for your acne-fighting needs: