CBD is taking the wellness world by storm. A non-psychoactive compound found in the cannabis plant, cannabidiol (CBD) is known for its relaxing, anti-anxiety, and anti-inflammatory benefits. When isolated from THC (the plant compound in marijuana that makes you high), CBD is completely safe and legal in all fifty states. However, scientists are only just now exploring the full potential of CBD’s therapeutic benefits--especially when it comes to skincare. Here’s everything you need to know about this exciting research.

It Has Powerful Anti-Inflammatory Benefits

Many CBD studies have focused on the molecule’s powerful anti-inflammatory benefits, even showing that topical CBD may be helpful in the treatment of both arthritis and headaches. A 2017 study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology concluded that CBD may also be an effective treatment for inflammatory skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis, and contact dermatitis. One study cited in the paper showed that therapeutic CBD oil can significantly improve the itchiness and dryness associated with these conditions.

It’s a More Potent Antioxidant Than Vitamin C

In a recently unearthed 1998 study, scientists discovered that CBD has more powerful antioxidant effects than both vitamin E and vitamin C. In the study, scientists studied the antioxidant potential of CBD on rat brain cells. What they discovered was that CBD prevented oxidative damage more effectively than either ascorbate (vitamin C) or α-tocopherol (vitamin E), indicating that CBD is a more potent antioxidant than both vitamins. While the topical antioxidant effects of CBD were not examined in this study, the results suggest that therapeutic CBD oil may offer similar antioxidant protection against free radicals that cause skin aging. Paired with its anti-inflammatory properties, CBD’s antioxidant benefits show promising anti-aging potential.

It Can Help Treat & Heal Acne

Most people familiar with CBD’s anti-inflammatory benefits could probably guess that it helps soothe acne. But CBD has been shown to have anti-acne potential even beyond its calming properties. In a 2014 study published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation, researchers found that CBD can help regulate and balance sebum production, even when sebum glands have been stimulated by testosterone hormone. This suggests that therapeutic CBD oil can be helpful even for acne triggered by hormonal factors. The study also showed that CBD helps calm inflammation within sebum-producing cells, preventing breakouts from occuring in the first place. Beyond its skin benefits, CBD has been shown to have pain-relieving and relaxing properties even when applied topically. You can read more about CBD here and find the ingredient in our new Calming CBD Elixir, a soothing face oil with 99.6% pure CBD.