Treat Acne Naturally With CBD Oil
Acne can be a difficult skin condition to get rid of. It’s embarrassing, and in worse cases it can even have a direct impact on a person’s self-esteem. Traditional over-the-counter creams are able to slow down the development of acne, but they often fall short of expectations for getting rid of it. In increasing number, people are turning to alternative therapies to treat their acne. One of the fastest growing is CBD oil, and for good reason.
There seems to be some confusion about how CBD oil affects testosterone levels, and how its impact on testosterone levels impacts the development of acne. In some early studies, THC, which occurs in very small amounts in CBD oil, was tested on mice to determine what kind of impact it would have on testosterone levels.
Researchers found that for 20 minutes to up to an hour after an oral dose of THC, the testosterone levels of the mice would spike, then drop off sharply. The same pattern was observed when mice were given lower levels of THC, though it was much more marginal than when they were given higher doses, and the spike didn’t last nearly as long.
Unfortunately, there have been no studies of its impact on humans so there are no results to compare to the study conducted with mice. This leaves one to question if the THC in CBD oil will produce the same reaction in humans, and if it does, will the spike in testosterone be enough to disrupt the skin cells enough to cause a variance that will help control acne? Further studies are warranted.
Dermatologists avoid participating in the debate, and refuse to weigh in on whether or not CBD oil triggers acne, or if it is a viable treatment for the condition. It is known that THC increases oil production in the skin. CBD oil, on the other hand, has been shown to have the opposite effect and is therefore unlikely to be able to help those that suffer from dry skin. The oil, also referred to as sebum, is excreted naturally by the sebaceous glands in a process referred to as lipid synthesis.
In 2010, a Hungarian researcher put CBD oil to the test. Dr. Tamas Biro isolated skin cells and applied CBD oil to them. He wanted to learn how phytocannabinoids interact with the balance of endocannabinoids that is naturally produced by the body. Endocannabinoids help regulate the immunology of the skin, the rate of hair growth, and oil production in the body. Phytocannabinoids essentially produce a plant version of this chemical process.
Endocannabinoids play a significant part in determining the levels of sebum that are to be produced on the skin. Too much endocannabinoid will result in an increase in sebum levels. If there isn’t enough present, the skin becomes dry, resulting in eczema. When CBD oils are applied, anandamide decreases the levels and sebum stops being produced by the skin.
The ways that phytocannabinoids impact the action of endocannabinoids was surprising to Dr. Biro. Rather than stimulating lipid synthesis, CBD oil inhibits the process. This is promising because unregulated sebum production is the cause of acne.
This is good news for everyone suffering from acne. CBD oil naturally relaxes the sebaceous glands, which slows down the production of sebum that leads to the development of acne.