Cannabidiol (CBD) and cannabinoid therapy, which uses CBD or other active compounds from the cannabis plant species, is here to stay. As a 22-year veteran esthetician, I’ve seen many skin care fads come and go. Remember the infamous bird poop facial, bee sting facial, leech therapy, vampire facelift, Thai slap massage—and my personal favorite—the snail facial? But with CBD skin treatments, there’s substance—and science—behind the hype and buzz. CBD treatments are based on real-world research, not just trends and slick marketing tactics.
More and more, science is the driver behind skin care products and treatments. As estheticians, we want our clients to gain more than just a sense of relaxation from their professional skin care treatments; we want them to see positive results that leave their skin healthier and their self-confidence heightened.
In this article, I’ll discuss some of the science behind CBD and share how the cannabinoid affects the skin and can help relieve acne.
First things first, let’s do a quick review of acne. Most people regard “acne” as a four-letter word. No one likes to have it on their face or bodies. It is the most common skin ailment, most often considered a teenage issue. However, many adults struggle with acne too. According to one study, the prevalence of acne was 50.9% among women 20 to 29 years of age, 35.2% among women 30 to 39 years of age, 26.3% among women 40 to 49 years of age and 15.3% among women 50 years old and older. Acne is not a condition that everyone simply grows out of.1