Cannabis apart from its much-debated medicinal uses, cannabis could be the newest addition to beauty products. Since cannabinoids have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, it has been suggested to treat the one root to all skin problems - inflammation. Cannabidiols or CBD, which is a component derived from Cannabis is the newest highlight in skin-care. According to researches, this new product exhibits promises regarding skin problems such as fine lines, breakouts and dry skin.
Beauty lines have as such started implementing this product into their skin care line such as body wash, face-mask, blemish control among others. This has made skin-care lovers to question if cannabis could be the hottest magic potion their skin care needs. Keeping with the hype of this new product, these are what skin experts have to say about this product:
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Dr Batul Patel, Medical Director and Dermatologist, states that cannabis is used for all the wrong reasons. He further went on to say “Cannabis seed oil is obtained by cold processing the seeds. This contains polyphenols and antioxidants, but is not a very stable oil. It needs to be mixed with other oils. It can be used with kiwi or rosehip oil to help balance sebum production and it can be added with coconut oil for the hair,” she says.
Another dermatologist, Dr Shuba Dharmana, says that CBD is mostly preferred because of its many anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties. However, she also cautions about usage, “This is said to be beneficial for people with acne, rosacea, eczema and for anti-ageing. I would advise the use of cannabis extract in skin care for those with breakouts and dry skin issues. But first, try a test patch on the face, below the jawline and wait for 48 hours so you know you are not allergic to any of the ingredients,”
She also adds that since CBD has no actual clinical evidence of its benefits, “It is not harmful and laboratory studies have shown good results, but scientific evidence for its effects on people is not documented yet,” she adds.
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Since cannabis showed promising antipruritic effects, Shefali Trasi Nerurkar, a skin consultant hints that it could work on skin conditions such as erythema or eczemas as well. She adds, “They help regulate the life cycle of skin cells for a more radiant, youthful skin. CBD normalises oil production in dry skin patients and behaves as a highly effective sebostatic agent in acne and seborrheic dermatitis. It should, however, be avoided in patients with respiratory disorders and severe heart conditions,”.
So, what do you think about CBD as a compound popping up in beauty products?