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Cannabidiol and Skin Sebum in an Acne

CBD and Skin Sebum Acne

With a lack of research it would appear the increasing number of smaller studies are acting as the proving ground for CBD treatments. Image Credit: By oes on shutterstock

A study was carried out in 2014 found that CBD (cannabidiol), which can be extracted from either the cannabis or hemp plants, provides anti-inflammatory and sebostatic properties within sebocytes in humans. In layman’s terms CBD is found to be beneficial in treating the causes of acne and acne symptoms.

Here is the full scientific article if you wish to download it.

The purpose of the study was to discover if Cannabidiol (CBD) could be used as an alternative treatment for acne vulgaris which is the longer way of saying acne. As a basic study for a chronic issue experienced by many people, this study may seem insignificant. However because acne has a number inflammatory based symptoms, discovering CBD’s potential in treating could lead to further studies into other inflammation based condition such as cancer, arthritis and multiple sclerosis to name a few.

You could consider “smaller” studies like these, the proving ground for Cannabidiol and its potential benefits, like testing a mouse through progressively tougher mazes.

CBD Reduced Skin Cell Fats & Oils

The study discovered that cannabidiol (CBD) could reduce the amount of fat and oils from the cells within our skin. This issue is one of the main causes of acne as the production of such oils and fats clogs the pores within our skin. These blockages can then become infected and spread causes redness, rashes and an itching sensation. These fats and oils relate to the production of sebum as well which is basically the same thing. Sebum it should be mentioned is important for humans for keeping our skin healthy and waterproof.

This helps us avoid the over absorption of water and other potentially damaging liquids our skin may come into contact with. This is a clear example of how one thing our body (Sebum) produces that is good for us could then become bad for us. The balance provided by the endocannabinoid system is crucial for our bodies to operate both efficiently and effectively. CBD has played a part in keeping this balance as the study found it to be producing these “sebum reducing benefits” all over the body. What does this mean? Well firstly, acne can be treated across our body but also that CBD has anti-inflammatory properties which can treat areas across the body.

CBD Reduces Growth of Sebocytes

Another important finding the study highlighted was the CBD’s ability to reduce the amount of sebocyte growth. Note: CBD can reduce the amount of sebocyte growth but it was not found to stop the growth of sebocyte growth. This is important to understand as someone studies can suggest unfortunate “miracle” properties when they are much more simple and natural.

Why is this important? Well as we mentioned before CBD can reduce the production of fat and oil from our skin cells but this stage of the study found it could also reduce the amount of cells that make up the actual glands (sebaceous gland) being grown which actually cause the production of these oils, fats/sebum. This was discovered via a test tube experiment however and was not witnessed directly within humans. However it could be asked, would it be visible in humans on a molecular level anyway?

This is one of the more interesting findings we have come across because cannabidiol (CBD) has not killed or destroyed anything as part of this reduction in sebaceous glands, but it has merely slowed the growth. This could be the similar reaction that has been witnessed in regards to CBD tackling cancer. CBD is understood to be effective at treating cancer directly in a similar way by not necessarily destroying the cells but slowing the growth of tumors by starving them of what they need to multiply.

CBD – The Universal Anti-Inflammatory?

Based on a similar regulatory reaction being witnessed across this study and varying studies into the potential of cannabidiol (CBD) and its anti-inflammatory properties, it looks as if CBD could be the all in one go to treatment for a wide array of conditions.

Conditions Caused by Inflammation

  • Osteoarthritis (Painful/Stiff Joints)
  • Autoimmune Diseases (Alopecia Areata/Psoriasis)
  • Asthma
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Cancer/Tumors

This list could go on and on but we have mentioned a number of interesting examples CBD has been found to successfully treat in some way shape or form, whether it was a direct treatment or a supplementary treatment.

Before specific treatments can be created more research into the short and long term benefits of CBD is needed. This will then allow for proper concentrations, within treatments/medications, to be created and useful guidelines provided for their use i.e. two to three drops four times a day. Until then if you wish to consider using CBD as an alternative treatment we would advise that you seek professional medical advice before doing so from your doctor or registered medical professional.

Jonathan Neilly
Jonathan Neilly
Jonathan Neilly is registered with the British Psychological Society, breaking the taboo on mental health issues is one of the driving forces in his life. His background in biomedicine gives him additional understanding of the factors that work together to influence the human condition.

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