While it is true that the cannabinoids in cannabis can have some effect on the skin and can treat itching and, some report, even skin diseases such as psoriasis, marijuana’s impact on the skin adds a level of complexity to the debate.
It has been shown that cannabis increases testosterone, which may cause acne, at least in some individuals. Just as higher estrogen can stave off a breakout, testosterone seems to fuel additional production in the glands.
A 2017 study, published in Andrology, found that increased testosterone among more recent cannabis users. However, long-cited for its anti-inflammatory effects, THC appears in some studies to ease inflammation inside and outside the body, thereby decreasing the threat of acne. Just like some medicines work for one individual and not another, marijuana may act in the same way.
What about CBD?
Miami-based dermatologist Dr. Leslie Bauman believes CBD has effects that can help reduce redness caused by acne, but also decrease oil as well. As noted by Dr. Bauman in the Miami Herald, “One study found that a three per cent cannabis seed extract cream effectively reduced both redness and sebum production in acne patients.”
From face masks to bath bombs and beyond, businesses are recognizing the CBD craze isn’t ending anytime soon and are capitalizing on the Gen Z trend of wearing less make-up and focusing on skin health, instead.
With CBD and hemp production being a relatively new craze, companies may take advantage of the buyer. For instance, while most products tout the benefit of full-spectrum CBD, many skincare remedies have “hempseed oil,” which can hydrate and soothe skin, but lacks the cannabinoids of CBD.
To understand what’s in the bottle, look at the ingredients, and don’t be afraid to ask questions. Your skin health depends on it.