Why is CBD good for your skin?

Although  most dermatological disorders are usually not  life threatening, their symptoms can dramatically impair quality of life for  millions of people.  Currently, CBD seems to be showing up everywhere as skincare salvation.  You may be asking yourself, “CBD facemasks, serums, body oils, sunscreens, and lip balms.  What does CBD actually do for your skin?”  The answer is, CBD shows incredible promise in skincare and, based on research, it’s not just another gimmick.  There is  good reason for CBD’s proliferation in skincare products, but it’s important to understand what CBD is, how it works, how it works for the skin, and what products might be right for you.

What is CBD?

First, it’s important to understand what CBD is in broad terms.  If you’ve read some of our previous articles, this paragraph may seem like old hat, but a refresher never hurts.  CBD or Cannabidiol is one of at least 100 chemical compounds unique to the cannabis sativa or hemp plant.  These compounds are referred to as cannabinoids.  You likely have heard of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), the cannabinoid most associated with marijuana.  However, unlike THC, CBD is non psychoactive. CBD has been shown to offer several benefits without the “high” effect of THC.  Research and experiential evidence show that CBD may be helpful in promoting calm, addressing soreness, and supporting the immune system, among other useful applications like skincare.

How does CBD work?

Cannabinoids are naturally effective in our bodies, because throughout our evolutionary development, we have been hardwired to gain the benefits of the cannabis sativa plant through the endocannabinoid system (ECS). The ECS is a complex signaling network within the mammalian body that functions as a lock and key mechanism when cannabinoids are introduced into the bloodstream.  These receptors, typically identified as CB1 and CB2 receptors, are present throughout the body, and are the reason why cannabinoids can have such diverse and profound effects.  CBD and related plant cannabinoids are the only compounds found in the natural world that work with cannabinoid receptors.

With the recent research, development, and experience surrounding the cannabis sativa plant and its benefits, CBD has made a name for itself as a natural means of supporting the immune, musculoskeletal, digestive, nervous systems.

How does CBD work on the skin?

With the broad strokes covered, let’s dive deeper into why CBD may be good for your skin and what conditions it may be helpful with.  According to a recent study published in the US National Library of Medicine that looked at the effect of CBD on the skin, researchers discovered that, “The skin and its appendages are rich in CB1 and CB2 receptors, both identified in keratinocytes, hair follicles, sebaceous glands, melanocytes, fibroblasts, nerve fibers, and adipocytes.  The abundance of cutaneous structures yielding cannabinoid receptors hints to the multiple signaling and regulating functions played by these substances.”  The added benefit of CBD for skincare is that CBD can be applied topically for a long-lasting absorption directly to the affected area.  Topical absorption can even be amplified with the use of essential oils as a natural means of penetrating the dermal barrier.  With this information it is no wonder that CBD is such a desirable and natural addition to skincare.  Research has shown CBD to be potentially effective on the following skin conditions.

CBD for Irritated Skin

Irritated skin is something that nearly every person will deal with at some point, whether due to sunburn, razor burn, dry skin, eczema, dermatitis, or psoriasis.  All these conditions manifest in inflammation, redness, and discomfort.  The anti-inflammatory properties of CBD may be particularly useful for reducing these symptoms.  CBD can also help hydrate the skin and reduce the appearance of redness and irritation. 

CBD for Acne

Acne is a skin disease with complex pathogeny, with inflammation at its center, triggered by various processes such as seborrhea, hormonal imbalances, immune reactions, and infectious and environmental factors.  On top of that, acne is often in a visible location and causes emotional stress and embarrassment.  In a diverse range of benefits, CBD may help fight acne.  A 2014 study explored the effects of CBD on human sebocytes. These are the cells that create sebum, which is a waxy, oily substance the skin produces.  While sebum helps protect our skin, excessive sebum can also result in acne.  The study indicates that CBD can prevent sebocytes from creating too much sebum.  Studies also show that CBD potentially has antibacterial and antifungal properties that can fight the cause of certain types of acne.

CBD for Aging and Wrinkles

As we get older, our skin becomes rougher, looser, and more fragile.  We also see the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.  Much of this effect is due to oxidative stress on the skin.  Oxidative stress is where healthy oxygen molecules in the skin become unstable, leading to cell damage.  This study suggests that CBD may be more effective than vitamin C and E as a neuroprotective antioxidant.

What is the right CBD skincare product for me?

 So, we’ve established that CBD is likely a great addition to your skincare routine.  But can you just use the same tincture you’ve been taking before bed and apply it to your face?  You probably don’t want to do that.  The skin is a sensitive organ, especially the face.  Most tinctures include some form of carrier oil, such as olive oil or MCT.  While these oils may be great for oral supplementation, they are  comedogenic, and may clog pores.  So, you should look for a product that is specifically designed for skincare.  Also, there is much debate in the world of CBD as to whether full spectrum or isolate-based products are better.  The Trove Blog features an informative article, entitled Full Spectrum vs. Isolate.  When it comes to skincare, the answer is clear.  Isolate-based CBD product are preferable for skincare.  Full spectrum products contain the full plant profile, including fatty acids, chlorophyll, terpenes, and other minor cannabinoids.  While potentially helpful in oral supplementation, these compounds may  lead to clogged pores and less desirable results.  Some other minor cannabinoids like CBDV, CBC, and THCV show promise in skincare, but as of now, CBD is the star of the skincare show.

Trove CBD Skincare Products

Trove CBD skincare products are THC free and formulated with organically-grown USA hemp.  Trove skincare products offer targeted and effective relief of inflammation, skin irritation, pain and tenderness associated with razor burn while hydrating, toning, and nurturing the skin.  Consider Trove Renewal Mask to exfoliate and hydrate, add Trove Hydrate Body Oil to boost hydration and condition the skin, and treat yourself to the healing effects of Trove Post Shave Balm for the most comfortable after-shave experience.  We recommend that you consult your healthcare professional or dermatologist prior to use of any CBD skincare product, and test for skin sensitivity prior to routine use.

Trove Renewal Mask is an enchanting botanical blend, pairing bamboo and natural cranberry fibers to enhance hydration and gently exfoliate, while providing antibacterial properties, antioxidants, and serious nourishment to the skin.  Periwinkle, green tea, and other natural botanicals protect against the signs of aging and stimulate collagen production.

  • Infused with THC-free hemp and other natural hydrating and therapeutic ingredients
  • 200 mg CBD per 1.7 oz jar

Trove Hydrate Body Oil is a hydrating blend of apricot kernel, jojoba, and arnica oils, infused with essential oils of pink grapefruit and clary sage for additional soothing, brightening, and anti-inflammatory properties for all skin types.  Additionally, clary sage is known to address symptoms of menopause and painful menstruation, making this oil especially attentive to women's health and wellness concerns.

  • Infused with THC-free hemp and other natural hydrating and therapeutic ingredients
  • 300 mg CBD per 4 oz pump bottle

Trove Post Shave Balm contains a clean and fresh blend of soothing argan oil and botanical ingredients to protect and condition freshly shaven skin.  With eucalyptus essential oil to help cleanse, purify, and moisturize for smoother skin and a more comfortable after-shave experience.

  • Infused with THC-free hemp and other natural hydrating and therapeutic ingredients
  • 200 mg CBD per 2 oz pump bottle

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