CBD is the skincare world’s Cady Heron at the moment—buzzy, fascinating, and packed with intrigue (but not as much as Gretchen Weiners’ hair). CBD has gone from being a wellness supplement to a beauty buzzword, but it isn’t as simple as looking for “CBD” on your ingredients label and calling it a day. CBD face cream, on the other hand, is a thing.
There are a lot of shady marketing tactics and a few false claims out there. For example, we’ve seen several well-known firms adopt the CBD bandwagon and advertise it across their marketing channels, despite the fact that their goods don’t contain any real CBD.
We’ve enlisted Dendy Engelman, MD, board-certified dermatologist; Ava Shamban, MD, board-certified dermatologist and founder of Skin Five in LA and co-host of The GIST; Charlotte Palermino, co-founder of cannabis education website Nice Paper, and Ashley Lewis and Meredith Schroeder, co-founders of new online CBD retailer Fleur Marché.
CBD is beneficial for the skin—just make sure you’re buying a product that has it.
Quick Facts About CBD Face Creams
TYPE OF INGREDIENT: Antioxidant.
MAIN BENEFITS: This mixture of healing herbs is especially beneficial for reducing inflammation and regulating oil production, as well as neutralizing free radical damage.
WHO SHOULD USE IT: It is good for irritated, damaged skin, as well as sensitive and dry skin. It may also help those with wrinkled or aging skin.
HOW OFTEN CAN YOU USE IT: CBD skincare products can be used on a regular basis.
WORKS WELL WITH: Cellular hydration can also be boosted by using actives that enhance the skin’s moisture barrier, such as ceramides, hyaluronic acid, peptides, and niacinamides.
DON’T USE WITH: CBD skin care must be treated with caution. Because it is a loosely regulated sector, the activities it deactivates are unknown. CBD skin products containing alcohol should not be used because they may cancel out the beneficial effects and promote inflammatory skin conditions.
What is CBD?
So, exactly what is CBD? Shamban explains that it’s a naturally occurring chemical component found in cannabis plants. It’s one of the two primary active chemicals in cannabis, the other being THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), which is a psychotropic.
“It’s an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory that has been proved in several studies to decrease sebum production from the Sebaceous Glands (overproduction of this sebum may be one component of what causes acne),” according to Lewis and Schroeder, who discovered the ingredient while working on Goop’s product line. CBD, according to one such research, may prevent acne in a variety of ways.
How does CBD work?
CBD interacts with our cannabinoid receptors, according to Engelman. “We have receptors in every layer of our skin that react to discomfort, itching, and so on,” she adds. “Topical CBD is designed to help those with pruritic skin conditions like eczema or painful conditions like post-herpetic neuralgia when our body’s signals are going haywire. For example, it is not necessarily targeting eczema, but the hormones that are causing the eczema flare-up.”
CBD oil is most often utilized in skincare products. CBD serums, creams, masks, and body and face oils are all examples of CBD products. However, hemp seed oil, which has been used in skincare products for a long time, is not the same as CBD.Hemp seed oil is quite safe, but it’s not an active component (though it may aid in inflammation reduction, hydration, and oil control).
Benefits of CBD for Skin
- Treat Inflammatory Acne: Cannabinoids in particular, such as CBD, may assist with inflammation-induced acne redness, pain and swelling.
- Regulate Oil Production: CBD, as previously said, helps to regulate hormones that affect oil production, reducing sebum excretion.
- Reduce Breakouts: CBE oil may help reduce inflammation and, owing to its control of oil production, breakouts in general.
- Calm Rosacea: CBD has anti-inflammatory effects that may help to alleviate rosacea symptoms.
- Neutralize Free Radical Damage: Cannabidiol (CBD) has antioxidant properties that may help to prevent the loss of skin suppleness.
- Soothe Eczema: According to Shamban, CBD alleviates irritation and inflammation caused by eczema, as well as chronic skin diseases such as psoriasis and dermatitis.
- Decrease Hormonal Conditions: CBD is considered an adaptogen, which means that it has the potential to decrease the impact of hormones and other chemicals released into the body when under stress.
- Hydration: CBD has hydrating capabilities that may help with dehydration and dryness.
Side Effects of CBD
Dr. Engelman notes that additional research is needed to validate CBD oil’s effects for the skin. As a result, topical CBD has no known negative side effects.
How to Use CBD Face Cream
The way you use CBD face cream is determined by the product you’re using. “The majority of CBD products are serums or lotions,” Engelman explains. “Apply serums before applying creams as usual.”
However, you should never self-diagnose your skin issues. “Always read the label and ingredients before using any new supplement or topical treatment, and consult a board-certified dermatologist, primary care physician, or other medical practitioner,” adds Shamban.