CBD is the main phytocannabinoid, and its share in plant extract can reach 40%.
Hemp-based cosmetics, CBD in skin care products – the hemp hype for skin care may be overlooked. Apparently, this is not entirely true, because the situation with the study increasingly points to positive effects.
Although cannabinoids enter the body through the skin only slowly when it comes to local parts of the body or directly to the skin organ, topical application can also be beneficial because:
- CBD helps the skin to repair itself.
- CBD promotes a healthy complexion.
- CBD soothes itching and can reduce inflammation.
Hemp and CBD in Ointments and Creams.
The hemp found in skin care products and ointments is industrial hemp. It contains the CBD precursor, CBDa, whereby the latter can be converted to the former by decarboxylation. Hemp-based skin care products have an optimal pH and are therefore often the best alternative to conventional skin care products. People with allergies, neurodermatitis, or irritated skin often rely on natural hemp products for their skin tolerance. However, it is important that the positive properties are not negatively affected by additives, alcohol or perfume. When it comes to daily skin care, these additives are often the main cause of skin reactions and irritations. Therefore, they should be avoided whenever possible.
Not all substances are additives, and not all additives are bad. Natural origin is the decisive factor.
Typically, skin care products that contain CBD contain other ingredients that have proven themselves in natural cosmetics. Shea butter, hemp seed oil, and evening primrose oil are believed to moisturize, lavender soothes the skin, and rosemary promotes blood circulation. Tea tree oil has proven itself among the ingredients. In addition, of course, there are countless other examples. As mentioned, the ingredients in addition to CBD should be, as far as possible, natural or plant-based. And depending on the application, it is also worth taking a closer look at the other ingredients and their mechanisms of action.
How does CBD work through the skin?
CBD is absorbed into the body through the endocannbinoid system. This system includes CB1 and CB2 receptors that are distributed throughout the body. CB1 receptors are mainly located in the brain, but they are also present in the peripheral nervous system and associated organs, such as the intestines. By the way, they weren’t discovered until 1990. On the other hand, CB2 receptors are mainly found in the immune system and in cells responsible for building and breaking bones.
The skin is often not considered an organ in everyday language, but in fact it is the largest and heaviest organ in humans. Endocannbinoid receptors can also be found in the skin through which CBD can be absorbed and used by the body.
Why is CBD good for skin care?
CBD can make a decisive contribution to skin improvement. However, it should be mentioned here that if you suspect a skin disease, in the case of irreversible inflammation or a diagnosis already made, it is necessary to consult a doctor or follow it. CBD is neither a miracle cure nor a drug substitute for serious illnesses. However, CBD can help improve long-term problems significantly. We will describe some of the use cases in more detail below.
CBD for acne.
For most people, acne is a temporary problem during puberty, but disappears with the transition into adulthood. However, this does not apply to everyone. Many people still struggle with acne at an advanced age. The problem is often very serious because spoiled facial skin has a big impact on self-esteem. Severe acne in adulthood can seriously affect mental health. In this case, any improvement in skin condition is often welcome, and face creams containing CBD.
To understand how CBD can help with acne, it makes sense to take a look at what acne actually is and how it develops. Acne occurs when sebum from the skin cannot be sufficiently removed to the surface through the glands. Instead, it stays inside and causes inflammation, which in turn manifests itself on the surface of the skin in the form of acne or redness. Acne creams and ointments often contain zinc. Thanks to the anti-inflammatory properties of the cannabinoid, CBD can also make a decisive contribution to improving or reducing acne.
CBD for atopic dermatitis.
Neurodermatitis is also an inflammatory skin disease. CBD can help improve this. However, since neurodermatitis occurs with dryness, it is important that the ointment or cream also contains moisturizing ingredients such as shea butter. Lavender also soothes the skin. Special creams for atopic dermatitis also reduce itching. Itching or the resulting and often invisible scratching of the affected area is a common problem that prevents healing.
I must say that atopic dermatitis is a complex disease, which can also be caused by psychological factors such as stress or poor nutrition. It is important to investigate the reasons here. If the problem is irreversible, we definitely recommend contacting a dermatologist to eliminate not only the symptom, but also the cause, which may lie outside the skin.
CBD for psoriasis.
In psoriasis, there is an overproduction of skin cells. The result is dandruff on the skin, itching or redness of the affected areas. The anti-inflammatory properties of CBD also play a role here. In addition, CBD supports the immune system, the lack of strength of which can cause psoriasis. It works through the aforementioned CB2 receptors of the endocannabioid system, which are located in particular on the cells of the immune system.
CBD for skin irritation and contamination.
The use of CBD-based skin care products and cosmetics is not limited to disease and inflammation. A healthy complexion is a serious problem for most people, and minor temporary irritations and irritations are also a daily problem. A skin cream containing CBD can also have a preventive effect or promote skin health and natural complexion as part of your daily routine. However, as mentioned at the beginning, it is important that the other ingredients and carriers also meet the criteria for a natural product.