Acne is one of the most common sebaceous gland-related skin diseases, affecting up to 80% of adolescents and many adults at some point. Acne is not a life-threatening or a physically debilitating condition. However, it has been known that acne can substantially affect social and psychological functioning. These symptoms can seriously affect the quality of life of those patients. Severe acne has been reported to be associated with increased anxiety and depression with its subsequent impact on performing daily life activities. How can the annoying, persistent, and mood-affecting acne be treated by CBD? Though there are several remedies that are available today for acne, it has been proved that CBD might be one of the most effective treatments of them all.
Teenagers hate it
The most common type of skin condition currently affecting teenagers is acne. Did you know that acne happens to be an umbrella term underneath which there are several horrible skin conditions that take shelter? It isn’t limited to pimples but also comprises of whiteheads, blackheads, nodules, papules, and cysts. Acne is caused due to clogged pores. When a pore in your skin is blocked due to dead skin cells then acne suddenly pops up there.
Hormones, diets high in carbohydrates and dairy, and certain kinds of medication can also cause acne. Stress doesn’t directly result in acne, but it results in the increase in cortisol and this causes an excessive release of oil which is highly very characteristic of acne.
When acne is not properly treated, it will cause dark spots and scarring. This will have an impact on your self-esteem and your overall appearance.
How can CBD help treat acne?
Acne is characterized by four major pathogenic processes including excess sebum production, inflammation, hyperkeratinization and overgrowth of acne organisms.
Many scientists have investigated the applicability of using natural products possessing anti-acne properties in various reports in order to overcome the limitations of conventional anti-acne treatment. In a recent study conducted in 2014 on humans, the authors reported that CBD acts as a highly effective sebostatic agent. Authors administered CBD to the cultured human sebocytes to investigate its anti-acne properties. CBD resulted in inhibition of the process of lipogenesis of various compounds related to acne pathogenesis (sebum formation), while also suppressing the proliferation of sebocytes. CBD when taken orally has helped in keeping the oil-producing glands under control. Moreover, CBD exerted certain anti-inflammatory properties which prevent worsening of acne. Overall, Cannabidiol has been considered as a promising therapeutic agent for the treatment of acne due to its lipostatic, anti-proliferative, and anti-inflammatory properties.
CBD also consists of anti-anxiety properties. This also has an impact on treating acne-associated symptoms. It has been proved by several studies done over the years that CBD can treat stress and anxiety, which will furtherly improve the quality of life in those patients.
Noteworthy, even though CBD has been applied in clinical practice and have shown no side effects, further large scale trials comparing various existing agents including CBD are warranted in order to confirm the promising therapeutic potential of CBD as an anti-acne medication.