It’s illegal to market CBD if it’s added to foods or sold as a dietary supplement.
While there isn’t in-depth research available to prove benefits for any skin conditions, scientists are looking for answers, and some early studies have shown some promise.
CBD, especially if taken by mouth, can damage your liver. There’s not yet information on whether CBD products can have the same effect when you apply it on your skin. For instance, it’s not clear yet how much CBD gets absorbed through your skin.
You may have heard that CBD is good for acne, certain skin disorders, and fine lines and wrinkles. But does it really work? Is it safe to use? Ongoing studies on CBD’s uses and benefits are in early stages, so experts say there needs to be more large-scale research to know for sure.
La Clinica Terapeutica: “A Therapeutic Effect of CBD-Enriched Ointment in Inflammatory Skin Diseases and Cutaneous Scars.”
Popular Claims on Benefits
There are no laws against using CBD in beauty or skin care products. CBD doesn’t contain any THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) that’s found in high levels in marijuana. So you can’t get high on it. But some skin products may add THC along with CBD. Some experts find this concerning.
Mayo Clinic: “Psoriasis,” “Atopic dermatitis (eczema).”
CBD for acne is well known for its ability to reduce the visibility of breakouts especially acne related redness. By reducing inflammation and redness CBD oil for skin is able to improve the look and feel of acne prone skin.
CBD is well known for its antioxidant properties. An antioxidant can be defined by a substance such as vitamin C or E that removes potentially damaging oxidizing agents in a living organism.
CBD FOR ACNE
By leveraging the endocannabinoid system we can help the human body find balance again, CBD also known as cannabidiol can interact with this system in order to regulate skin pathogenesis.
The emergence of CBD research suggests that CBD oil for skin can provide many health benefits by leveraging the cannabinoid receptors that are accessible beneath the pores of the skin. Overtime products such as CBD lotions and oils have been recommended to many for several different skin ailments.
CBD FOR WRINKLES AND AGING
visibly reducing the look of wrinkles, skin dullness and deterioration overtime related to ageing.
Palermino doesn’t quite understand why anyone would put CBD in something like eyeshadow, and wants to remind consumers that if a makeup product claims to have cannabis, it can often just be hemp seed oil ("which is great for your lashes [and skin], by the way," she adds).
It turns out CBD has the same receptors as our skin, which is why our skin can respond well to the compound, she says. And when CBD is used for medicinal or therapeutic purposes tied to the skin, it’s believed to work by stimulating or impacting our skin’s cannabinoid receptors "to better regulate pain, inflammation, bacteria, lipid production (which can lead to acne), the release of histamine as well as skin cell proliferation (which causes psoriasis)," Bugailiskis explains.
But Palermino believes there’s a bigger conversation to be had about the rising, unregulated costs of CBD products. "A big question I ask myself every day is how do we make products that help people, but are accessible?" says Palermino, who is currently developing a CBD skin care line with her partner at Nice Paper. "Hemp and cannabis have incarcerated millions of people, mostly people of color. To make a plant and its ‘wellness’ products inaccessible to those dealing with the trauma of prohibition (not even speaking to denied economic opportunities) is, quite simply, f*cked up."
"A topical CBD that stays in the skin and does not enter the bloodstream will work locally and therefore not produce any anti-stress or anti-anxiety benefits," Bugailiskis says.
Does adding CBD to makeup products provide any additional benefits?
BlueSky’s consultant agrees that the answer isn’t crystal clear. "CBD in traditional makeup products could certainly have positive therapeutic benefits. [It’s] an area of immense interest and investment for further research and development," he explains.
Meanwhile, Bugailiskis "absolutely" believes that however you ingest CBD can benefit your skin. For patients with chronic skin conditions like eczema or psoriasis, Bugailiskis often recommends a CBD sublingual tincture (which can be taken under the tongue) twice daily.
The federal government mandates all CBD products contain no more than 0.3% trace amounts of THC, and most CBD beauty products contain even less than that.
CBD is always described differently on labels. What is the difference between full spectrum CBD, broad spectrum CBD, and CBD Isolate?
But the answer isn’t as "clear cut" as this, Lewis says. "Some brands add in CBD as a marketing tool specifically so that they can price up their products, while others are using high-quality CBD extract, doing a lot of testing on that extract and their finished products, and including high doses of CBD in their formulations." It’s the reason Lewis and Schroeder created Fleur Marché — to help consumers figure out what products work and what’s worth spending their hard-earned money on.
CBD oil, on the other hand, includes a high content of CBD and is much thicker and more viscous in consistency. "Rather than being made from the seeds of the plant, CBD hemp oil is made from the both the plant’s seeds and stalks," explains Dr. Jenelle Kim, lead formulator and co-founder of JBK Wellness Labs and creator of Cannabis Beauty Defined. "It is extracted using supercritical [carbon dioxide] and, in addition to levels of cannabinoids, CBD hemp oil also contains the same valuable vitamins, minerals, and nutrients as the original hemp plant."