Preliminary research has shown that oral CBD can reduce the frequency and severity of acne outbreaks.
As described in a 2014 study published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation, CBD influences skin cells to produce less oil, and it reduces the specific inflammation that exacerbates acne. Although the exact mechanisms by which CBD combats acne are still being investigated, the cannabinoid has a significant impact on the critical factors that make acne worse.
CBD for acne is usually delivered topically. A topical formulation doesn't need to go especially deep or penetrate the skin-blood barrier to have an effect on the oil production and inflammation typical of an acne outbreak.
The National Library of Medicine posted a study where the results strongly demonstrate the clinical potential of CBD in the treatment of acne.
Treatment with the 3% cannabis seeds extract cream was found to significantly reduce skin erythema after each 2-week observation, and a notable gradual reduction in erythema was observed across the 12-week study.
Furthermore, the application of 3% cannabis seeds extract cream on the cheeks, twice a day, for 12 weeks was found to be safe, well tolerated, non-allergenic, and non-irritating in the patient volunteers.
Additionally, there is an evident need for large-scale human studies to understand the impact of CBD on acne at the clinical level.
Future studies may also optimize the concentration and delivery of CBD for the treatment of acne. In conclusion, CBD may be beneficial as an adjuvant anti-inflammatory treatment for acne.