How Does CBD Work For Acne?
At this point, there’s no question about it: CBD has risen to whole new heights in popularity, going from illegal in 2017 to potentially generating as much as $22 billion by 2022. The reason for this sudden success: Legal changes in the United States (and many other countries throughout the world) and some scientific evidence which shows that CBD may address a variety of physical and emotional challenges.
One area which may show the most promise when it comes to CBD is skin care, and specifically, at reducing acne.
How Does CBD Work?
CBD works by interacting with your body’s endocannabinoid system. Specifically, your body’s endocannabinoid system is involved with the regulation in a variety of systems, including pain, temperature, mood, appetite and more. Your body naturally produces cannabinoids, and these cannabinoids bond to receptors that are in your body. Initial research has identified two cannabinoid receptors:
- CB1 receptors, which deal with movement, pain, mood, emotional control, appetite and more.
- CB2 receptors, which are common to the immune system and specifically help regulate inflammation and pain.
How Does This Impact Acne?
Available evidence does suggest that CBD can help to reduce acne. One of CBD’s most studied benefits is its ability to reduce inflammation on the skin, as numerous studies of mice and humans has demonstrated.
At least one study has suggested that CBD works to reduce acne by keeping skin clean. One of the leading causes of acne is excess skin oil. A 2014 study found that CBD helped to inhibit the production of oil and could also be effective at reducing inflammation in oil-producing glands. Since facial and body acne work the same way, the available research suggests that CBD can help with both kinds of acne.
Additional studies have found that CBD may help to reduce acne scars. In the study, published in La Clinica Terapeutica, found that CBD reduced inflammation and the appearance of scars while improving skin hydration and elasticity.
Furthermore, a 2016 study found that CBD has antibacterial and antifungal effects on the skin. This can help address a variety of skin problems, including acne.
Again, more study is needed, and as of now, there is no prescription strength CBD for skin care. There are also no clinical guidelines available from major medical institutions on CBD and skin care, nor is there any recommended therapeutic dosage or recommendations on types of CBD which may be more effective than others. As such, consult with a medical professional before starting CBD.
However, it does seem clear that CBD may have potential to help address acne problems. Further research, including formal human trials, should help to make this determination.