According to some, cannabidiol was a part of Queen Cleopatra’s skincare and beauty regime. Whether it is true or not, the therapeutic uses of cannabis can be extended to skin or hair care don’t seem surprising. These days, more and more dermatology companies are coming up with cannabis-based skin, hair care treatments and beauty products. In this post, we limit our discussion to cannabis for skincare and point out how the magic herb can improve the health of your skin.
10 benefits of cannabis for skincare routine
Many dermatologists and beauty experts all over the world believe that cannabis is good for the skin. It is currently a major trend in the global beauty products industry where investment into organic and natural, sustainable skin and hair care products has grown over the last few years. There are now tons of cannabinoid (mostly CBD) infused lotions, salves, balms, creams, and oils for skin which have become extremely popular among customers all over the world and for good reason.
Let’s take a look at the 10 greatest benefits of cannabis for skincare.
- Great moisturizer
According to a 2014 scientific study, there are active compounds in cannabis which promote oil production in our skin. Cannabidiol or CBD has been found to have a positive effect on the sebaceous glands which regulate the oil production of our skin. As many skincare experts now suggest, CBD topicals or oils can be very effective in treating dry, flaky and itchy skin.
- Soothes skin
The anti-inflammatory properties of CBD can be equally helpful for soothing sensitive skin by reducing swelling and redness. As Joshua Zeichner, a New York based dermatologist, says, ‘CBD binds to a special set of receptors in the skin known as TRPV-1 receptors, where it can help feelings of heat, itch or pain. This explains why it has a soothing effect on skin’. The anti-inflammatory and analgesic nature of cannabis also helps alleviate soreness in the skin resulting from bug bites, sunburn or other environmental stressors.
- Packed with vitamins and omega fatty acids good for the skin
According to experts, cannabis contains vitamins A and D which boost the protective shield of our skin by contributing to cell regeneration. The vitamins also protect the skin from the harmful rays of the sun, smoke and other pollutants or toxins. The omega fatty acids present in cannabis are also very useful for an effective skincare regime. Besides their other benefits, the omega fatty acids are particularly good for providing hydration to the skin cells.
- Antioxidant properties good for healthy skin
Cannabis also comes with amazing antioxidant properties. One study claims that CBD is a more effective antioxidant than vitamin C or E. By neutralizing the free radicals causing damage to the cells of our skin, the antioxidant properties of cannabis protects the health of our skin.
- Slows down skin aging
It is the antioxidant properties of cannabis that make it very useful in fighting the aging process of our skin. Both THC and CBD can be very effective in diminishing the fine lines, wrinkles, dullness, ruddy tone and dark spots of your skin which are common signs of the aging of your skin cells. The cannabinoids protect the collagen and elastin in the skin from damage by free radicals and thereby maintain the youthful look and elasticity of your skin. A recent study found that CBD facial serums enhanced the freshness of the skin and reduced wrinkles in 85% of the participants.
- Has anti-psoriasis properties
According to a study, by inhibiting the buildup of dead skin cells cannabis can alleviate psoriasis. Also, it has great anti-inflammatory properties which can be helpful in treating the painful red patches of the skin which is a common symptom of the skin disease. Although more clinical researches are needed in this respect, so far the anecdotal evidence presents a highly promising case.
- A remedy for eczema
Many years ago, Dr. Granger Piffard, one of the founders of American dermatology and the author of the first textbook on dermatological therapy, wrote that ‘a pill of cannabis indica at bedtime on my hands, sometimes afforded relief to the intolerable itching of eczema’. Now, the National Eczema Association of USA also recognizes that the anti-itching properties of cannabis can be highly beneficial for eczema patients. Following a human trial, the Association has reported that ‘there are receptors in the skin that interact with cannabinoids that could reduce the symptoms and appearance of atopic dermatitis’.
- Treats acne
CBD can be a perfect all-round treatment for acne. On one hand, its anti-inflammatory properties take care of the painful condition resulting from acne and soothe the skin. On the other hand, as an effective sebostatic agent regulating the lipid production in our skin, CBD reduces acne breakouts by decreasing the production of excess oil.
- Clears up rosacea
Like psoriasis, eczema or acne, rosacea is a pretty common skin condition. Around 14 million Americans suffer from this condition which can be painful enough. It causes redness and visible blood vessels in your face and sometimes produces small, red bumps. Like other chronic inflammatory conditions of the skin, symptoms of rosacea can also be alleviated by the cannabinoids which have amazing anti-inflammation potentials.
- Fights bacterial skin infection
Many studies have found out both THC and CBD have great anti-microbial and anti-bacterial qualities which can help fight skin infections. They are found to be very effective in treating common bacterial infections including boils, folliculitis, cellulitis and impetigo. Cannabis can also combat MRSA, a nasty antibiotic-resistant bacterium that causes infections in various parts of our body.
You can now understand why people are obsessing about the use of cannabis for skincare. The potential is truly amazing. No other ingredient in nature has such a positive, all-rounder effect on skin health or can combat so many different skin ailments. If applied effectively, cannabis topicals containing CBD and other cannabinoids, vitamins and omega fatty acids can do absolute wonders to your skin. The future is not far when cannabis becomes part of the mainstream skincare routines and beauty regimens all over the world.