CBD and Hemp Oil in Natural Skin Care
The Birch + Fog Skin Care Collection comes in two unique product lines for different skin types and challenges: CBD Technology, and Hemp Technology. This featured post dives into the differences between the two, along with their varied unique benefits.
CBD Infusion 6%: CBD is extracted and separated from specific varieties of cannabis, often known as hemp. CBD itself is a powerful antioxidant, meaning it protects the skin from free radicals like UV rays, smoke, and environmental pollutants. Cannabinoid receptors are located throughout the skin, the body’s largest organ, making CBD useful for skin disorders with inflammation such as acne, UV damage, wrinkling, eczema, and psoriasis as it supports homeostasis in the endocannabinoid system, nervous system and the whole body. Because it is applied right to trouble areas, the CBD hemp oil works directly where needed most and isn’t absorbed into the bloodstream.
The benefits of CBD for skin
Hemp is highly versatile and sustainable to grow. Although research into its uses and applications in dermatology is still in the early stages, high-quality beauty and skincare products containing CBD oil from hemp are proliferating and users are singing their praises.
CBD oil contains high levels of omega-3 and omega-6, which are essential fatty acids used in the body. Fatty acids are vital to maintain healthy skin — they keep the cell membrane flexible and lock in moisture. Researchers are also looking into the potential of CBD to treat skin disorders.
“The most promising results of the use of cannabinoids in dermatology is for patients who suffer from pruritus, also known as itch,” explains Dr. Will Richardson, a dermatologist at Natura Dermatology in Fort Lauderdale.
In another study, patients who applied a product containing CBD oil noted that their itching decreased by up to 86.4%.
Cannabinoid products can also have a positive effect on the following skin conditions:
Acne occurs when the skin overproduces an oily matter called sebum. Recent studies have revealed that the sebaceous glands in skin and hair have endocannabinoid receptors. A test tube study in which CBD oil was used on cells derived from human sebaceous glands showed that cannabidiol inhibited and helped regulate lipid production.
Another study showed that CBD can improve the appearance of acne because its anti-inflammatory effects help to soothe and reduce the redness of inflamed skin around pimples.
Eczema is commonly characterized by overly dry skin, caused by excessive water loss and persistent inflammation.
Products containing CBD can help correct the imbalance that causes the condition. What’s more, the high concentration of polyunsaturated fatty acids present in hemp oil can soothe the symptoms of eczema, relieving itching and inflammation.
Many patients are experimenting with CBD to help manage psoriasis, a chronic autoimmune condition that accelerates the life cycle of skin cells. Psoriasis causes a rough, scaly build up of dead cells on the surface of the skin that can be both itchy and painful.
Traditionally, psoriasis has been treated with topical steroids which can be expensive and might only provide temporary alleviation. Moreover, topical steroid creams can thin the skin over time with prolonged use.
Patients who have tried CBD have reported that they have experienced relief from the chronic pain and inflammation caused by the condition, and even noticed an improvement in the appearance of their skin.
There is evidence that CBD and other cannabinoids can help inhibit the proliferation of keratinocytes, slowing down the skin cell life cycle process. In addition, CBD has fewer known side effects than steroids and is well tolerated.
The skin shows signs of age as a result of oxidative stress caused by free radicals. Antioxidants neutralize these free radicals, protecting the skin from the inside out.
Hemp Seed Oil Infusion: Hemp oil comes from the Cannabis Sativa or hemp plant and contains no psychoactive properties. Hemp oils are perfectly suited for skin, hair and whole body care due to its impressive essential fatty acid (EFA) profile, making it moisturizing, corrective and replenishing in skin care for all skin types and ages. It is the balance of the polyunsaturated fatty acids omega-3, omega-6 and omega-9, linoleic acid, and gamma linolenic (GLA) that are rare in other vegetable oils that make hemp oil one of the most impressive oils for skin health.
Moderates oil production
Hemp oil is perfect for most skin types as it can moisturize without clogging your pores. It can even help to balance out oily skin, hydrating it and regulating the skin’s oil production.
Dryness can also cause your skin to overproduce oil, which in turn, can stimulate acne. Hemp oil can prevent dry skin without clogging pores. This helps reduce acne that’s caused by excess oil.
Moisturizes and soothes inflammation
One of the omega-6 fatty acids that hemp oil contains is gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), which acts as a powerful anti-inflammatory while simultaneously encouraging skin growth and new cell generation.
This can help to calm inflammation and irritation on the skin, including acne and some conditions like psoriasis, while keeping the skin nourished and moisturized.
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