CBD AND ACNE
CBD continues to surprise us all with the different applications it has in our daily lives, especially in those areas related to health. In this article we are going to analyze one of these applications of Cannabidiol. Specifically, we are going to delve into the effectiveness of CBD as an acne treatment.
As we know, acne is the most common skin disease in the world. Today, millions of both adolescent and adult patients suffer from acne. And while there are already approved medical treatments to counteract the symptoms of this condition, the reality is that many of these treatments are really expensive and, in addition, they can generate even more serious side effects than the acne itself.
The anti-inflammatory, analgesic and antioxidant potential of CBD , although still under study, makes it an excellent alternative to combat acne. We can already find a good number of creams and ointments for acne, whose main component is Cannabidiol. But, is there any scientific evidence to show the efficacy of CBD as a treatment for this and other skin ailments?
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What is acne and what are its causes?
Acne is a skin disease that affects the pores of the skin and occurs mainly in children and adolescents when they begin to enter their development stage. However, it is important to note that this pathology is not limited exclusively to these early ages, since it can also occur in men and women during their adulthood.
It normally appears on areas of the face such as the forehead or cheeks , although it can also appear on the shoulders and back. Sometimes it can produce severe ulcers and scars in large areas of the face, which can pose a serious social stigma. In the case of adolescents, it can have serious psychological consequences such as low self-esteem, anxiety or depression.
The causes of acne are diverse. Although the appearance of pimples is due to the accumulation of toxins and fats in the sebaceous glands, the truth is that this accumulation can be due to a large number of factors. For some specialists it would have to do mainly with the overproduction of hormones, which is why acne generally appears at puberty in men and as part of premenstrual symptoms in women.
However, its appearance in adulthood can be related to stress, lack of skin care, candidiasis, genetic traits, allergic reactions, an inadequate diet and many other factors.
Different types of acne
The first thing we have to take into consideration is that acne is the generalized name that we give to a set of different skin pathologies. In this sense, there are four different types of acne; namely: blackheads, whiteheads, pimples and cysts .
Although all of them are associated with some type of obstruction of the sebaceous glands , their ways of expressing it are usually different. In the case of blackheads and cysts, the obstruction is generated “inwards”. Presenting in the case of the latter the inflammatory presence and the impossibility of manually “removing” the excess fat.
For its part, whiteheads, popularly known as pimples and pimples with pus, are an obstruction of the glands that is expressed “outwardly.” Therefore, they are clearly visible and in chronic cases can generate severe discomfort for the normal development of patients in their daily life.
What is Cannabidiol (CBD)?
As we have mentioned in other research available on our website, Cannabidiol or CBD is one of the hundreds of cannabinoids present in the cannabis plant. Unlike other cannabinoids, CBD does not generate any psychoactive effects . This has meant that the medical and scientific community around the planet can safely experiment with it in the treatment of different pathologies.
Currently, numerous scientific studies are being carried out to determine how CBD works in our body and why it is so effective in alleviating the symptoms of diseases as different as arthritis, fibromyalgia, chronic pain, psoriasis or Crohn’s disease among many others. CBD has already been scientifically proven to be an effective compound for treating serious neurodegenerative diseases , such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and some types of refractory epilepsies resistant to traditional anticonvulsant drugs.
CBD is already used by thousands of people around the world who turn to it for its anti-inflammatory, relaxing and anxiolytic properties . What has meant that in recent times the use of CBD is increasingly widespread among professional athletes.
One of the most common applications is topically . CBD creams are increasingly used to treat skin problems such as psoriasis or acne . Its natural ingredients such as hemp seed oil, CBD, colloidal silver, cocoa butter have been proven effective in reducing wrinkles and premature aging of the skin.
CBD as an acne treatment
All human beings can develop acne at some point in our lives. It is normal if we take into consideration the great multiplicity of causes that generate it. Treating acne problems can be tricky if not done with the right products. In some mild cases, black or whiteheads can be removed manually or simply removed using special soaps and other traditional non-abrasive cosmetic products.
However, in chronic cases of acne, these types of “simple” solutions can end up aggravating the symptoms. Especially in the case of pimples with pus and cysts, which are more painful types of acne . In these cases, doctors often recommend rigorous diets and more aggressive topical or oral treatments, which can lead to serious side effects in patients.
The properties of CBD , still in the study phase, as well as the absence of side effects after its application, make it an excellent component for anti-inflammatory and analgesic creams. At the same time, early research points to more than possible beneficial effects for the skin and a potential ability to alleviate the symptoms of some common skin ailments.
In the case of acne, CBD creams are very moisturizing, which makes them very effective in reducing irritation and redness. Likewise, its active ingredients have a very beneficial antibacterial and antioxidant effect in the most severe cases of acne. All this, without producing adverse effects or allergic reactions, as occurs with some conventional treatments.
CBD creams for acne
Fortunately, we can already find on the market a large number of creams and cosmetics that contain CBD as the main ingredient. It should be remembered that among the main possible properties of CBD is the reduction of inflammation, which is ideal in the case of pimples and cysts. Likewise, by using CBD topically , we are helping the regeneration of the sebaceous glands, thus avoiding the excessive accumulation of toxins and fats in our skin.
CBD acne creams are applied to the affected region and almost immediately relieve the burning or itching sensation , reducing inflation and the discomfort caused by the appearance of pimples, blackheads and cysts.
It must be said that most CBD creams and ointments include natural ingredients that enhance their benefits . Colloidal silver, lavender extract, hemp seed oil are just some of the components in these acne creams. This type of creams with Cannabidiol penetrate deep into the pores, cleaning toxins and accumulated fats under the dermis.