If you’ve been thinking about taking your skincare routine to new heights with cannabidiol, aka, CBD oil, Sephora has you covered. The beauty retailer now has a small section of creams and oils that boast the non-psychoactive ingredient derived from the cannabis plant as its star player.
But does the buzzy ingredient really have skincare benefits?
Board-certified dermatologist Rachel Nazarian, of the Schweiger Dermatology Group in New York City, explains that while there isn’t an overwhelming amount of research on CBD oil, it can be an effective ingredient for specific skin types.
“There is consumer demand for more natural products these days, which I think is fueling this trend,” she tells Yahoo Lifestyle. “I’ve actually used CBD oil for things like wound healing, burns, and itching — and that’s where the science does back it.”
Nazarian says there is evidence that suggests CBD oil can be beneficial for those with acne or hyperpigmentation and scarring attributed to breakouts. “Given the fact that CBD is anti-inflammatory and acne is an inflammatory condition for many people, along with the fact that it down regulates the production of oil, I actually think somebody that suffers from acne would benefit from CBD oil,” she says, adding that it can help heal up those post-breakout dark spots, too.
And if you don’t have acne but maybe have sensitive, dry or redness-prone skin, Nazarian says it can provide relief. “It’s calming and anti-inflammatory and hydrating on some level given its oil base, which isn’t a bad combination for someone like that.”