BY MARIE LODI
CBD’s ability to fight inflammation has been utilized more expansively across the board, from athletes relying on it for pain relief to migraine sufferers reaching for it to help curb debilitating attacks. Its anti-inflammatory benefits combined with antioxidant properties also make it a promising candidate for fighting breakouts, too.
Everywhere you look, there seems to be a new cannabis-infused beauty product. Dr. Joshua Zeichner, board certified dermatologist and Director of Cosmetic and Clinical Research in Dermatology at the Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, says he has seen an increase in popularity of cannabis ingredients in skin care, most likely because of recent legalization. But there’s more to it than just hype, and acne-prone people in particular can really benefit. “There is early data suggesting that CBD can actually decrease sebum production when applied topically,” says Dr. Zeichner. “For this reason, it may be a useful ingredient in treating people with oily or acne-prone skin.”
Dr. Zeichner says there is a possibility that cannabis-based prescription products might become a reality, but at the moment, it’s best to use CBD products to supplement your skin-clearing regimen instead of a full-fledged replacement. “For now, I encourage my patients to use over-the-counter CBD oil acne treatment products alongside traditional acne treatments,” he says.
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