CBD for Skin: What Can It Really Do?

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Zara Kenyon

It’s rare that a single ingredient shakes the beauty world like CBD has. But now more and more beauty lovers are wondering what CBD can do for their skin, and the market is responding in kind with serums, creams, cleansers and masks, all packed with the compound.

But does CBD really impact such conditions as eczema or acne? Here, we uncover its unique relationship with your complexion.

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How Does CBD Interact with Skin?

Research into CBD’s effect on skin is still in the early stages. However, some experts believe it interacts with localised cannabinoid receptors, which sit close to the surface of the skin. These receptors regulate function, balancing the skin’s built-in immune system, sebaceous glands, sensory nerves, and the protective outer layer called the epidermis.

The theory is, when CBD is applied to the skin, it activates these receptors, which helps bring needed balance to the various skin functions. If proved right, CBD could be effective in treating all manners of complexion woes. However, the way you apply it to your skin is a key factor here.

Massaging a CBD oil into pores won’t have the desired effect. An oil is designed to be taken sublingually, which means it should be squeezed under the tongue so it can enter the bloodstream. Instead, what you need is a specialised lotion, like the CBD Skin Cream, which teams CBD with shea butter and eucalyptus to nourish and soothe.

The Benefits of CBD for Skin

1. For Acne

Inflammation is common in acne, and CBD is believed to have anti-inflammatory properties, albeit not proven. It makes sense, then, that CBD has popped up in a number of spot-fighting treatments. Said to alleviate the redness, swelling and pain of an angry breakout, it’s also tipped for its sebum-busting benefits, meaning it may reduce clogged pores.

2. For Oily Skin

Speaking of sebum, did you know that CBD is believed to temper oily skin? This is said to be due to the presence of cannabinoid receptors in the sebaceous glands. One 2014 study indicates that the compound may halt the overproduction of sebum, resulting in a more balanced complexion – no more midday shine.

3. For Rosacea

Because inflammation is a feature of rosacea, it’s no wonder that CBD has also been linked to the common skin condition. Some believe it may soothe the visible redness. Interestingly, experts say it may have a calming effect on anxiety, too, which is thought to be one of the key triggers of rosacea. To try it, take the CBD Oil Drops sublingually.

4. For Eczema

If you have eczema (also known as dermatitis), you’ll know how frustrating the itching can be. Cannaray’s Chief Science Officer, Gregor Zorn, says CBD may be able to help here, too. “As an analgesic, CBD may help to prevent the pain,” he explains. “But it is also antipyretic, which means that it may help against the itchiness of many types of skin conditions.

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What to Look for in CBD Skincare

1. A CBD Specialist Brand

By turning to a brand that specialises in CBD, you know that they treat the quality of the plant and the potency of their blends with the utmost importance. This is true for Cannaray; we extract the compound using a gentle, chemical-free process, which ensures our CBD Skin Cream is both ultra-effective and free of toxins.

2. Other Skin-Soothing Ingredients

Alongside CBD, look for ingredients you know your skin responds well to. We added calming shea butter, cooling aloe and healing arnica to our kind-to-skin lotion. Designed for all complexion types, the CBD Skin Cream is neither greasy nor drying, leaving your skin feeling perfectly balanced.

Want to know more about the many properties of CBD? Read our guide to terpenes, and discover how these aromatic compounds can supercharge the effects of cannabidiol.

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