Use CBD for dry skin this up coming winter

CBD’s Coming to Rescue Your Dry Skin This Winter

Say goodbye to dry skin this winter! CBD is coming to the rescue. CBD is already used for a variety of medical purposes, such as treating anxiety and depression, providing pain relief, and treating symptoms from cancer treatment. But this new study, published in Trends in Pharmacological Sciences, specifically looks at how CBD can treat different skin diseases.

CBD helps the skin overall by regulating its endocannabinoid system (or ECS). The ECS is involved with many of the skin’s biological processes, like skin growth and hormone production, and using CBD helps prevent skin diseases, such as cancer, dermatitis, and hair growth disorders, that develop when the ECS isn’t in balance.

The researchers concluded intentional regulation of the ECS using CBD definitely has therapeutic potential

Gabrielle Lewis

In terms of treating excessively dry skin, CBD hydrates the skin with a combination of different vitamins. Mixing products like CBD oil with other products containing antioxidants will also improve skin hydration and lower wrinkle formation. The CBD will also reduce the itching that comes with having dry skin. By preventing dry skin, CBD also lowers the likeliness of diseases associated with dry skin from developing, such as dermatitis and eczema.

In addition to hydrating the skin, researchers wrote that CBD regulates sebum production and suppresses inflammation, which can help combat acne and psoriasis. CBD also helps inhibit skin tumor growth and stop unwanted hair growth. The study includes a list of diseases, possible approaches to treat these issues using CBD on the ECS, and the predicted results.

The researchers concluded intentional regulation of the ECS using CBD definitely has therapeutic potential, but more research needs to be done before this use of CBD becomes a clinical practice.

That study came out in 2009 — and its findings have come up again in other, more recent studies. A 2014 study from The Journal of Clinical Investigation found CBD could be a potential therapeutic agent for treating acne because of its anti-inflammatory properties. And a 2020 study from the journal Molecules also wrote cannabinoids can help treat inflammatory skin diseases.

Right now, the Food and Drug Administration has only approved one CBD product, which is used to treat two rare forms of epilepsy. However, the agency is still looking into CBD and trying to answer questions about its safety, quality, and the science behind how it affects the body. 

Gabrielle Lewis is a journalist at the University of Maryland College Park. She has written and edited for the school's flagship newspaper, The Diamondback, as well as other campus publications. You can find her on Twitter @gabrielleslewis.

Gabrielle Lewis is a journalist at the University of Maryland College Park. She has written and edited for the school's flagship newspaper, The Diamondback, as well as other campus publications. You can find her on Twitter @gabrielleslewis.

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