So far, I’ve yet to discover an area of health that hasn’t been revolutionized by cannabidiol, more commonly known as CBD. Has there ever been anything more hyped than this stuff? Not as far as I can remember. Is there any truth to it? Maybe. But in all honesty, so far, it’s too early to tell for sure.
There’s been a lot of information in the press these days about how it’s antioxidant compounds can do wondrous things for your skin. It does everything from fighting psoriasis and eczema to getting rid of acne or even providing fresh, young-looking skin. Some articles make it seem like they’ve tapped the fountain of youth and unlocked the secret to anti-aging!
But what is CBD? CBD is a natural compound that’s found in Cannabis sativa plants. It has no psychoactive effects yet is showing promise in several areas that can benefit health. Skincare is one of them.
What makes it exciting for skin conditions are CBD’s antioxidant and anti-inflammatory capabilities. Although more direct evidence is needed, there is promise that it may help treat or reduce eczema and psoriasis breakouts. There is also some belief that these anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects may prevent wrinkles and promote stronger, healthier skin, while reducing wrinkles and age lines. At this point, this is mostly theoretical.
So far, the only benefit that’s been identified between skin care and CBD is acne treatment.
That’s not to say that CBD may not have further skincare and anti-aging benefits for skin: the reality is that it is too soon to tell. At this point, it’s likely not going make skin worse or present dangers, but you can probably get the same benefit from cheaper, more accessible and well-studied products like those featuring vitamin E, or eating a more nutritious, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory diet. Including items with healthy fats, such as avocado or nuts, as well as an assortment of fruits and vegetables can help keep skin healthy and young.