As we continue to document the variety of different conditions and ailments for which CBD may provide a uniquely effective treatment, we continue to see themes emerge that suggest a direction of analysis that may be useful for scientists and researchers as we move forward and continue to shift the paradigm in the medical sciences where this remarkable compound is concerned in the future.
Another example of this unique and remarkable trend is the potential for CBD to be an active agent and a valuable weapon in the battle against acne.
One of the most remarkably common ailments, acne affects 8 out of every 10 people between the ages of 18 and 30 years.
The crux of this condition deals with the overproduction of a substance known as sebum. Sebum is the oil that coats the scalp and face of most species in the class mammalia.
The purpose of this substance is to transport dead cells to the surface of the skin as a means of waterproofing and protecting the dermis. However, with individuals of the ages mentioned above, it is often the case that an excess of sebum is produced and ends up collecting within the pores, preventing bacterial exodus, clotting up the pathways, and resulting in infected pores.
However, itâ€™s important to understand that there is a clear correlation between deficits in the effective functioning of the endocannabinoid system and the presence of the imbalances that manifest themselves in the form of acne.
As we have seen in the case of other conditions, a lack of proper functionality for the endocannabinoid system can result in regulatory imbalances that produce a variety of different health conditions. In this case, that imbalance results in an excess of the presence of sebum in a further excess in inflammation of the dermis.
CBD and Acne
As noted above, there is an important role in the process that results in manifest acne that is due primarily to imbalances caused by deficits in the functionality of the endocannabinoid system.
As we have discussed in numerous other pieces, CBD is an important element as an extra treatment tool in responding to conditions representing an implicit imbalance in the functionality of the endocannabinoid system.
Specifically, the production of sebum appears to be mediated by CB2 receptors located in follicle cells. As we understand it, it would appear that the activation of these receptors is correlated with the excess production of sebum.
According to data, CBD â€“ known to be a negative modulator of the CB2 receptor â€“ which can be applied to the skin in the form of a lotion or ingested, has been shown to block the excessive action of this receptor to a degree that can remove the excess overproduction of sebum.
In addition, as we have seen throughout our in-depth examination and documentation, CBD is widely understood to have important anti-inflammatory properties due to the widespread role of the endocannabinoid system in regulating the bodyâ€™s inflammatory response mechanisms.
In other words, CBD can impact both the overproduction of sebum and the excessive inflammation of the skin, which represent the two principal causes of the undesirable elements of acne.