CBD oil is well-known for its pain-alleviating properties and its useful benefits of helping relieve anxiety, but many people aren’t aware of the beauty benefits associated with it. CBD oils have the ability to alleviate skin conditions like acne, dry skin, and eczema.

In 2009, Trends in Pharmacological Sciences published an article about the endogenous cannabinoid system (often referred to as ECS or endocannabinoids), named for the plant that led to its discovery. Endocannabinoids and their receptors are found throughout the body. They serve several functions, but scientists have also discovered that they play a role in skin health. Endocannabinoids control how rapidly your skin cells reproduce, which cells survive and how your immune system interacts with your skin cells.

Problems with acne have long plagued many people, but even with the multitude of acne products on the market, there still doesn’t seem to be a definitive cure for it. CBD oil has been found to be a viable treatment for acne due to its anti-inflammatory effects and how it regulates sebum production. Sebum is a waxy, oily substance that is secreted by the sebaceous gland. Its purpose is to keep the skin and hair moisturized, but for some people those glands enlarge and produce more sebum than necessary, causing acne. Sebum production is affected by hormones, pituitary, and adrenal gland disorders, medications and many other factors. The Journal of Clinical Investigation performed a study to see if CBD oil would normalize the “pro-acne agent”. Positive effects were found to help control acne.

To use CBD oil on the skin, it is best to mix it with a carrier oil such as argan oil or shea butter. After mixing equal parts, apply directly to the skin.

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