The health of the skin can say a lot about your overall health, not to mention how you feel about yourself. As your body’s largest organ, your skin’s balance is in constant fluctuation – responding to changes in levels of hormones, oil production and external irritants – yet in a constant search for balance known as homeostasis. When your skin is sensitive, that balance can be much harder to achieve and maintain.
In the last few years, cannabidiol aka CBD, a natural cannabinoid compound derived from hemp, has entered the chat when it comes to its skin-soothing properties. Read on to learn more about how CBD-infused skincare may help restore balance to the body when things get out of sync.
The CBD and Skin Connection
It may surprise you to learn that cannabinoids are naturally produced by the human body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS) to help regulate inflammation and other imbalances. From time to time the body is not able to produce the necessary levels of natural cannabinoids that it needs to maintain homeostasis. When this occurs, CBD may work as a supplement to bring balance back to the body and the skin.
The ECS receptors found in the skin bond with cannabinoids (either natural or via CBD) to help manage biological processes like hormone production, hair follicles, and sebaceous gland oil production. The ECS in skin cells also provide feedback about sensations such as itching, pain and inflammation.
How CBD Helps Calm and Balance Sensitive Skin
Someone with sensitive skin can be experiencing a whole range of uncomfortable or unappealing issues including rosacea, eczema, dermatitis, acne, or dryness. While these skin conditions are all possibly caused by different factors, research has shown that CBD-infused skincare may aid in treating them all.
When applied topically, CBD loosely bonds with the skin’s ECS receptors to calm, and sooth irritated skin. CBD has also been shown to alleviate inflammation, and regulate sebum levels, which may aid in treating both acne and dryness. Lastly, CBD has antioxidant properties that help fight free radicals and keep the skin protected from external stressors. Whether you experience redness, irritation, dullness, dryness, acne, or simply are looking to keep your skin its most balanced, if you have sensitive skin, consider including CBD in your skincare routine for calming and soothing results.
Sources: https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/cbd-oil-for-skin https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7736837/ https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8778347/