Having acne is never a pleasant experience, in severe cases impacting people’s quality of life causing those who suffer from it to feel insecure thus leading to a lack of socialization and even scarring after the fact. Many people go to extensive lengths for treatment such as topical and oral medications or various therapies such as chemical peels and even steroid injections. With these treatments come the risk of moderate to severe side effects – one extreme example being birth defects caused by Accutane if used while pregnant which is prescribed in the most severe acne cases.
For those looking for a less intense and more natural form of acne fighting CBD is a good place to start. Acne is caused by the overproduction of oil known as sebum and is excreted by the sebaceous glands in the skin. In 2010, Dr. Tamas Biro put his theory on CBD’s acne fighting powers to the test. In the study, it addresses that the sebaceous glands and hair follicles have cannabinoid receptors and CBD when applied to a line of cells derived from human sebaceous glands dramatically decreased oil production.
“[CBD] does not stimulate but inhibits lipid synthesis, especially if the lipid synthesis was previously upregulated, as for example in acne. It was very surprising, that a phytocannabinoid could prevent the action of the endocannabinoids.” – Dr. Tamas Biro
For those fighting acne this an amazing discovery, it seems Dr. Biro has found the antagonist to acne production. There are several factors that may worsen acne such as hormones, poor diet, and stress. Always be sure to discuss options with your doctor when looking to start alternative treatments such as CBD, they will be able to safely walk you through the process and address other diet/lifestyle changes that may aid in conjunction with CBD to put an end to acne.