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You don’t have to ingest CBD oil to enjoy its many benefits. It’s an incredibly versatile ingredient, whether taken orally or applied to the skin. CBD functions as a potent antioxidant with proven anti-inflammatory properties and as such it is a valuable ingredient in skincare products. CBD won’t affect your mood when applied topically – it can only do so when taken orally (usually under the tongue).

Many people use CBD infused skin balm or face cream to minimise wrinkles, manage psoriasis, soothe itchy skin and treat dermatitis. But how does it work? 

Why CBD for skin?

Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of more than 100 plant compounds – including CBG – known as cannabinoids that are found in the hemp plant. (Unlike THC, its better-known sibling, CBD isn’t psychoactive and won’t get you high.) It is used in the form of creams, oils and other products for the natural, therapeutic relief of many common health issues, including a variety of skin conditions. 

The dermis and the epidermis (outer layer of skin) are home to cannabinoid receptors which control the Endo Cannabinoid System (the ECS). It’s the job of the ECS to maintain the health of your skin and regulate many physiological processes including pain, sleep, stress, inflammation and immune system function, via cannabinoid receptors. Your body produces its own cannabinoids to stimulate the ECS; CBD and other plant-based cannabinoids can also activate its regulating function.

How CBD oil can combat wrinkles

CBD and CBG are both antioxidants, anti-bacterials and anti-inflammatories. These cannabinoids also support the skin’s natural cell cycle, helping to ensure the replenishment of damaged skin while locking in moisture. Antioxidants reduce the free-radicals responsible for breaking down collagen. They help combat the loss of collagen, oil and elastin in our skin glands, all of which slow down as we age, creating wrinkles. Skin redness, inflammation and dry skin can also contribute to the ageing process. The potent combination of anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antioxidant properties within CBD and CBG can, over time, reduce the appearance of wrinkles and slow the production of new ones. Try our new anti-ageing CBD face cream and experience rejuvenated, younger-looking skin.

Find out how including CBD products in your skincare and beauty routine can support healthy ageing

CBD for dry, itchy skin

The wondrous anti-inflammatory power of CBD can also be useful for reducing the symptoms of and triggers for eczema, psoriasis and dermatitis. Regular use of CBD creams can reduce swelling, redness, itching and discomfort from skin breakouts and irritation from conditions such as psoriasis and eczema. Try Mighty Green’s CBD and arnica Bliss Balm to relieve the signs of sore, tired and stressed skin.

Can CBD remove skin tags?

While there’s currently no research to suggest that CBD oil can remove skin tags, it could help reduce the pain caused by the removal of skin tags and aid healing. Use CBD oil topically before and after the removal of skin tags to manage pain and reduce scarring.

Are CBD skin products safe to use while pregnant?

While there’s no conclusive evidence to show that using CBD during pregnancy is or isn’t harmful, it’s always safer to err on the side of caution and avoid it if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding.

The latest research shows that (with the exclusion of pregnant women) topical CBD is completely safe. But as with many ingredients, some people could be allergic to the cannabis plant. So, like any new product applied to the skin, test a small area with a small amount over a few days and go from there.

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