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Scientists have been busy studying CBD as a breakthrough treatment for everything from anxiety and depression to insomnia to chronic pain to rare forms of epilepsy – but apparently it has significant benefits for your skin as well. As skincare lines scramble to create new CBD acne and skin products, celebrities are scooping them up.

Celebrities who are reportedly fans of cannabis and CBD skin products include Olivia Wilde, Mandy Moore, Jessica Seinfeld, and Stacy London.

They have a lot of reasons to be excited.

Cannabidiol (CBD) is produced from the hemp or cannabis plant, and does not contain THC, the compound responsible for marijauna’s “high”.

A 2014 CBD acne study published in The Journal of Clinical Investigation discovered that due to its anti-inflammatory properties, as well as its ability to reduce oil production and regulate hormones, that CBD was a “promising therapeutic agent for the treatment of acne” and found that it reduced the occurrence of several different types of acne. A 2015 CBD acne study concurred, finding that CBD reduced the amount of sebum (oil) produced, as well as erythema (redness and inflammation), and stating that CBD cream was “suggested for treatment of acne vulgaris, seborrhea, papules and pustules to get attractive facial appearance”.

And that’s not all. A 2010 study published in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology discovered that manipulation of the body’s endocannabinoid system can help regulate the life cycle of basal cells, found in the innermost epidermis, resulting in more radiant, youthful skin.

A recent report from the American Academy of Dermatology also extolled the virtues of CBD for skincare and acne treatment. According to the AAD, hemp oil can “combat wrinkles and fine lines” and has high concentrations of omega3 and omega6, which are critical for moisturizing dull skin, as well as vitamins A,B,C,D, and E.

According to the AAD report, one of the properties that makes CBD oil and creams so effective for skin care is that the molecules are extremely small which allows them to penetrate the skin better than most creams. CBD also has anti-inflammatory and moisturizing properties, which make it ideal for skin care.

When considering which CBD acne or skincare products to use, it is important to remember that CBD extracts from hemp flowers contain highest amounts of CBD (about 150,000 parts per million) versus CBD extracts from hemp plants which contain only about 25 ppm.

While there are a lot of new CBD acne and skincare treatments hitting the market soon, you’ll want to beware of creams, oils, and lotions that promise non-skincare benefits from a topical treatment, such as relaxation or anxiety relief. That’s because CBD doesn’t enter your bloodstream when applied topically. The most effective method for using CBD for its many other (non-skincare) benefits is actually through inhalation or vaping.

And as always, you’ll want to talk to your dermatologist before trying a new skincare product.

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