CBD Oil Application: Acne and Skin Treatment
Current effective treatment solutions for those suffering from acne come packed with side effects and unnatural chemical compounds. These can be unhealthy and lead to serious undesired consequences. What if there was a way to get similar efficacy, but without those extra chemicals and side effects?
Below, we argue that there is indeed just such a treatment option, and its name is CBD Oil.
Present Mainstream Treatments for Acne
Any such study must begin with a survey of the current landscape of treatments. These include over-the-counter and prescription skin treatments.
Typical Over-the Counter Acne Treatments:
- benzoyl peroxide,
- salicylic acid,
- alpha hydroxy acids,
- Clotrimazole (as Lotrimin),
- ketoconazole (as Nizoral),
- terbinafine (as Lamisil AT), and
- Anti-bacterial preparations.
Antibiotic prescription treatments for acne. Antibiotics can be delivered either topically or orally, depending on medication and construction. The main point here is that they work by removing any impurities from the layer lining the surface of the skin. Embedded in this layer may be acne-causing bacteria
This is fine for very simple jobs, but not sufficient to deal with deeply rooted acne.
The alternative is orally delivered antibiotics, which circulate throughout the body, impacting the function of the sebaceous glands. However, the drawback here is in the realm of the side effects – they can be quite severe. But these can also be used for far more difficult acnes cases.
However, systemic antibiotics often cause more side effects than topicals, but they can be used for more severe kinds of acne.
Common Side Effects of Popular Acne Meds. In general, everything on this list, including tetracycline and erythromycin, has side effects that can be uncomfortable and even debilitating:
For topicals, expect: Peeling, application site erythema, contact sensitization reactions, burning sensation, application site rash, applications site discoloration, and application site reactions.
For oral antibiotics, expect: Rashes, gastrointestinal disturbance like nausea, colicky pain diarrhea, thrush effects, yeast infection (for 5% of women), depressed mood, trouble concentrating, sleep problems crying spells, aggression or agitation, changes in behavior, hallucinations, and even thoughts of suicide or hurting yourselves.
Accutane (Isotretinoin). Perhaps the most well-known acne med is Accutane. Most people have either used it or know someone who did in high school. In fact, Accutane has indications for psoriasis as well as acne. But it has also been known to have dramatic and occasionally deadly side effects. This list is long and scary, but worth scanning through to get a real sense of the issues with this treatment:
severe risk of birth defects when taken during pregnancy, potentially increased risk of carcinogenic consequences, joint pain, itching, nose bleeds, difficulty to move, various types of eye- and lip inflammation, back pain, headache, diarrhea, nausea, rectal bleeding, blurry vision, changes in behavior, depression, sudden numbness or weakness (especially on one side of your body), blurred vision, sudden and severe headache or pain behind your eyes, vomiting, hearing problems or hearing loss, ringing in your ears, seizure, severe pain in your upper stomach spreading to your back, nausea, vomiting, fast heart rate, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay colored stools, jaundice, rectal bleeding, black or bloody or tardy stools, fever and chills, body aches, flu symptoms, purple spots under your skin, severe blistering, peeling, skin rash, or joint stiffness bone pain or fracture.
What does a good version of Accutane include? How about merely joint pain or back pain, feeling dizzy, drowsy or nervous, having dryness of the lips, mouth, nose or skin or just cracking or peeling under the skin, itching, rash, changes in your fingernails or toenails.
There has to be a better way!
Are there Alternatives?
Naturally, there are other treatment paths for acne. However, the niche for true alternative treatments is not occupied by anything that has truly demonstrated strong efficacy and taken a dominant position in the marketplace.
Patients are left with a Hobson’s choice: take the pain and go with established drugs that deliver a strong treatment result but charge a massive fee in the form of discomfort and potential complications, or go with a less-than-effective alternative.
Among these inferior treatments, the only one to get any traction at all is Zinc, which has been shown to slightly reduce the severity of skin conditions like acne.
However, recently, science is beginning to show that there is a new player on this playing field, one that is starting to be appreciated as a safe and effective new way to treat many skin conditions, including psoriasis, eczema, skin rashes, and even acne.
The Cannabis plant has become known in scientific circles as something like a miracle of nature. As more and more research delves into the chemical and physiological potential of this plant, we continue to find out many powerful uses.
The key to unlocking this value is in a substance found in varying degrees in different strains of cannabis. This substance is called: Cannabinoids, or Phyto-cannabinoids (phyto simply means “plant”).
The “plant” designation is necessary for the sake of precision because mammals actually produce cannabinoids internally as well. We call them “endocannabinoids” (which just means “internal cannabinoids”). This form was discovered after our discovery of phyto-cannabinoids.
Perhaps the most famous cannabinoid is THC. We have all heard of THC. It’s the stuff that gets you “high” if you smoke pot. In most places around the world, THC is illegal.
So far, based on continued investigation by researchers, we have identified 84 other cannabinoids in cannabis. One of them is Cannabidiol, or CBD, and it is our focus here.
So, what does all this have to do with acne?
In fact, the system in your body that produces endocannabinoids – the endocannabinoid system – is intimately involved in regulating the production of sebum (which, when working in overdrive, is what causes acne).
Research has shown that prototypic endocannabinoids are constitutively produced in humans sebaceous glands. In fact, it was further demonstrated that CBD can calm the sebaceous glands if your body is producing too much sebum, thereby reducing acne.
As discussed above, cannabinoids are divided into two groups. Endocannabinoids are produced naturally in the human body, while Phyto-cannabinoids are found in many plants, with cannabis being one of the most prominent.
One such phyto-cannabinoid is Cannabidiol (CBD). In this case, it has been shown to be effective in treating acne through several pathways.
In the first place, CBD has been found to be powerful as an anti-inflammatory. Acne is truly an inflammation. This process of anti-inflammation is in part the slowing of the production of sebum, which is a key factor in the excitation of acne symptomology.
But this is an oversimplification of how CBD attacks and reduces acne symptoms.
In fact, CBD targets several receptors inside of the body (including those responsible for vanilliod, adensoin, and serotonin). In addition, CBD activates receptors TRV-1 and 5-HT1A, which are involved in the regulation of body temperature and the inflammatory response mechanism.
Finally, CBD reduces stress by reducing pain, anxiety, and depression. Acne is often intimately entangled with these psychological factors.
Hence, many researchers now believe that CBD will someday be a mainstream treatment for acne vulgaris, which is the most common form of acne.
CBD as a Treatment for Acne
The most well-established way to deliver the compound as a treatment is through oral ingestion of CBD Oil. The standard administration is to consume 5 mg for every 50 lbs. of body weight.
That said, to get started with such a treatment, our recommendation would be to scale up from a base of one daily 25 mg gel cap per day or one ml of CBD Oil tincture. This can be augmented by topical application in affected areas using CBD oil or a CBD topical cream.