Charcoal might not be something you’d expect to find in your trendy new CBD skin care products. But, from glittering CBD charcoal face masks to skin-soothing CBD charcoal soaps, the combination of these two ingredients is among the most highly-touted new developments in the beauty industry. Why? Brands claim that, together, CBD and charcoal can treat nearly every skin complaint — even for those with the most sensitive skin.
Although not everyone agrees with using activated charcoal on the skin, and others people have reservations about cannabis-derived CBD oil, the trend is building momentum across the U.S. — and it doesn’t seem ready to stop any time soon.
Here are four reasons why brands are enthusiastic about CBD charcoal for your skin and hair.
Sebum is an oil that is naturally produced by the skin, which helps keep the skin looking and feeling soft, supple, and youthful. Unfortunately, when the sebaceous glands produce excess oil, they cause dirt and dead skin cells to clog the pores. As a result, acne can then develop.
CBD can help prevent this accumulation of dirt and oil. Scientists have found it can regulate and reduce the overproduction of sebum by triggering receptors in the body’s endocannabinoid system. This means that CBD charcoal products could help to reduce the symptoms of the most common skin condition in the world — acne.
Inflammation of the skin is a very common symptom of a range of skin conditions such as acne, eczema, and psoriasis. It causes redness, swelling, pain, and discomfort. While most people experience acute inflammation — which lasts for only a short time — others must deal with chronic inflammation, which can be a recurring problem.
When it comes to inflammation, both CBD and activated charcoal can provide relief. The two ingredients have been found through multiple studies to act as natural anti-inflammatories that can significantly reduce the worst symptoms of the condition.
Who doesn’t suffer from blackheads? These tiny black pimples form when dirt is trapped in the pores of the skin. Beauty brands are now claiming that their CBD charcoal products can remove blackheads, thanks to charcoal’s ability to draw out impurities from the skin.
There’s considerable precedent to support this claim. For years, activated charcoal powder or tablets have been used in hospitals to treat overdoses. Using it to remove blackheads is based on the same basic principle, and can leave skin feeling clean and refreshed.
One of the most common signs of aging on the skin is the appearance of dark patches under and around the eyes. Many anti-aging products over the years have promised to resolve this issue and restore the skin in these areas to their former, brighter glory. Gentle exfoliating CBD charcoal creams could now deliver on that promise.
Charcoal works as a natural brightener. As a natural exfoliant, charcoal gently removes the surface layers of dark, dead skin and reveals fresher, brighter skin underneath. This could also help those of us suffering with hyperpigmentation or scarring. Exfoliation can also help to prevent pimples and breakouts, as well as brightening tired or aging skin.