BY MARIE LODI
Skin is the human body’s largest organ, which is why the way it looks is a good indicator of what’s going on inside. If you’re experiencing breakouts or congestion, one possible cause is that your skin is dehydrated. But, if your skin is naturally dry, it’s unfortunately something that you’ll have to live with for the rest of your life. But that doesn’t mean you can’t treat it and live a little easier. Because cannabis—specifically CBD—has anti-inflammatory, soothing, and antioxidant properties, can it also help with dry or dehydrated skin? Let’s discuss CBD skincare.
Dehydrated Versus Dry Skin
Though they might seem similar, dehydrated and dry skin are actually different situations and need to be treated as such. Dehydrated skin is a condition in which the skin is lacking water, whereas dry skin is a genetic skin type where there is an absence of sebum. People who have oily skin can still experience dehydrated skin. Dehydrated skin can be caused by a variety of external factors, such as the weather and environmental exposure (such as too much sun exposure), facial cleansers, makeup, and even being on a flight, as well as what you eat. Your diet can be a major key to your thirsty skin, especially if you consume a lot of caffeine. The good news when it comes to CBD and skincare? Both dry skin-types and people dealing with a dehydrated skin condition can benefit from CBD or hemp oil.
When it comes to a topical solution, Dr. Jeanette Jacknin, a California-based board-certified dermatologist, says hemp oil is a good treatment option. “Hemp oil, with its omega-3s and omega-6s, is best for dehydrated and dry skin,” Dr. Jacknin goes on to say, though, it depends on its cause. “CBD is more anti-inflammatory,” she explains. “It's been shown in studies that it's helped with acne and seborrheic dermatitis. So if there's texture problems because of those, then the CBD would help with that.”
Dr. Jacknin suggests investing in a full-spectrum product instead of an isolate, because of its added benefits. “I think full spectrum is better because it has all the other cannabinoids and terpenes, of which we don't even know the entire science behind yet or what they all do,” she says. Dr. Jacknin is referring to “The Entourage Effect,” when all the cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids, and fatty acids found in cannabis interact synergistically with each other, bringing the possibility of even more, unknown benefits.