The Fine Print on CBD Oil Skincare Formulas

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If you’ve been in the beauty aisle lately you may have noticed the latest beauty trend CBD oil. From creams, lotions, serums, makeup, and hair treatments, the list is endless. All of them promising the same thing, to solve all your different skin problems. As a person big into skin care, I was dying to know if it really works and what CBD oil could do for my skin. I am sure I am not the only one with questions buzzing around my head with the rise of the CBD oil craze. With the knowledge I have gained in my need for answers, I’d like share with you the information I found in my own research.

What is CBD oil and why is it in skincare products?

First thing first, no you cannot get “high” off CBD oil. Cannabidiol, known as CBD, is extracted from the flower and leaves of hemp and marijuana plants. The THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) that is found in Marijuana is a psychoactive substance that causes people to feel “high”.  It is completely legal to put CBD oil in skincare products, and there is no need for a medical cannabis license to purchase these products. There is a difference; however, between cannabis sativa oil and CBD oil. They both come from the hemp plant yet have unique qualities. Cannabis sativa, also known as hemp seed oil, is produced from cold-pressing the seeds of the hemp plant. Hemp seed oil has been used in skincare for a long time and is proven to have benefits for the skin. It is known to be an anti-inflammatory that does not clog pores while moisturizing the skin and moderating oil production. Now that we have that cleared up, it is time to answer the biggest question: what benefits does CBD oil have for our skin?

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Since CBD oil is still very new to the beauty market, there is a lot of controversy about the benefits of the oil and if it does anything at all. It is strongly believed that CBD oil is an effective anti-inflammatory and rich in antioxidants. It may also be a great source of fatty acids. CBD Oil Vs. Hempseed Oil: How to Know what You’re Paying For from Healthline says CBD oil allegedly can help with acne, sensitive skin, rashes, eczema, and psoriasis. Other market claims suggest CBD oil hydrates, treats atopic dermatitis, skin impurities, calms rosacea, helps with fine lines and wrinkles, and even aids skin dealing with free radical damage. CBD oil, according to the many unresearched claims, can be a cure-all for all skin types and skin concerns.

If that is the case then CBD oil is the best new discovery in the skincare industry; however, there has not been enough research to scientifically prove CBD oil can do all these amazing things. As detailed in the article The Truth About Skin Care Products With CBD published by the American Academy Of Dermatology Association (AAD) it is way too early to determine if using CBD oil is good for our skin or if it has all of these benefits being claimed. The AAD is also concerned that many of its questions remain unanswered. Some of these concerns include extremely important general health concerns. What is correct dosage of CBD for treating different conditions? How does CBD interact medications? What are the side effects of applying CBD oil to the skin? Due to its newness and lack of testing, we do not know the side effects of using CBD oil externally.

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CBD oil could be the one thing your skincare regiment is missing, but it is still too early know for a fact what the benefits and side effects are. If you are curious to try these new trending skincare formals maybe start with applying a small amount to see how your skin reacts. Most importantly, make sure to do plenty of research into different products and brands. Some companies are mislabeling products and not being truthful about the dosage of CBD oil they contain. There have also been reports of companies using hemp seed oil and trying to market products as containing CBD oil. The Federal Drug Administration (FDA) reported products tested from companies that contained less CBD oil than was promised on the label. Be sure to purchase products from reputable and trusted brands. It may be best just to ask your dermatologist for their recommendation on whether you should use products containing CBD oil.

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Meet the Author: Haley Abel

Haley Abel is an up-and-coming writer who enjoys writing about fashion and beauty. During quarantine armed with a degree in fashion merchandising from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, she started her own lifestyle blog and discovered a deep love for writing. As a self-proclaimed crazy cat lady and plant mom who loves to try baking new recipes, her dream in life is to live on the water in New England with her boyfriend and a clowder of cats. Her favorite pastime is snuggling with her felines while reading quirky love stories. Visit her blog Living Like Haley here: