It's so perfectly made for CBD.
The endocrine system and immune system are top of the list.
One controls hormones and the other controls inflammation and repair in the body.
Okay...you just spelled out the root cause of acne!
We can dispel all the myths about pizza and cleanliness.
The bacteria that are primarily linked to acne is on all of our faces all the time!
Our body's reaction to it (inflammation) and a good hiding place (overactive oil and sebum production) are the gasoline that gets added to the fire.
These are right in CBD's wheelhouse!
We'll learn all about how CBD works based on NIH research.
Acne products have been prone to lots of sales hype (just behind weight loss) so we want to research.
We're also going to dive into interesting research dealing with histamines and acne flair ups!
This may lie at the heart of studies showing a connection with dairy, chocolate (sorry), and other histamine complicating foods.
You're going to have a different take on acne and a good deal of information to attack it with!
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Let's get started.
A quick introduction to what's going with acne.
It's primarily driven by the following:
Here's the basic mechanics of how it works.
First, every part of your body, including your skin, is covered in bacteria.
That's just part of being on this Earth.
Some are good (essential even) while others are bad for us.
There is one bacteria called B Acne (aptly named).
We have this on most of our skin surface depending on the area of the body.
You can't really wash it off so don't get too fixated on it.
Most of the time, it's not doing much.
The issue is when our hormone levels go in flux.
This usually happens at specific times:
For example, the vast proportion of acne over age 20 happens to women.
Both genders experience acne during puberty.
If you've read any other article on this site, you realize just how powerful hormones are in the body.
Both men and women have testosterone (although men have more of it).
Testosterone is called an androgen hormone.
This just means that it can exert male gender-specific influences on the body.
Testosterone is incredibly excitatory!
That's the medical term for something that revs up the body in different ways.
They put on muscle, experience increased aggression, and...wait for it...
Can develop severe acne!
In the skin, testosterone speeds up the production of sebum, skin, and hair
Sebum is just the naturally produced oil our body makes.
Without it, our skin would be dry, thin, and weak.
Too much of it, and it blocks up the little hair follicles and pores of our skin.
That's the trigger!
Remember those opportunistic bacteria hanging around?
Well, they're hanging around in the follicles and pore, and all of a sudden, it's blocked.
Their favorite kind of place to be!
Their explosion in numbers gets picked up by our immune system.
Bacteria. Large numbers!
The immune system goes into attack mode with T-cells, macrophages, cytokines, and an army of different weapons.
The redness is just the inflammatory response from the body.
Get this OUT!
That...is the basic outline of acne.
Sometimes, it just a pimple.
It can also get very severe and appear red, inflamed, and cystic.
This is a function of the immune system's response.
It also points to why certain medications can cause acne.
Even some antibiotics (while others are used to quiet down acne).
Remember the good bacteria!
Most of them are in the gut and they turn genes on and off for our immune response.
Histamine release is part of the body's response to getting things out!
Some foods are high in histamine...
Ah-ha! The chocolate and dairy connection!
So...let's look at the endocannabinoid system in regards to acne!
Discovered a few decades back but really only recently studied, the endocannabinoid system (ECS) is critical to acne formation and treatment.
That's before T-Rex!
Eight times older than T-Rex.
Research is showing that it's tasked in balancing key systems in the body:
See what we mean about acne!
The first two are literally at the root of all acne.
It gets more interesting though and we'll talk about how this system (and CBD) govern sebum production!
Here's a quick vision of the system:
Keep in mind that this system is often taxed in today's modern (and chemical) world.
Does the endocannabinoid system even interact with the skin?
We hate to do this but we're going to lead with a smoking gun: