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CBD and Beauty: The Role of CBD on Skin

Since Donald Trump signed the 2018 Farm Bill, the CBD industry boomed as manufacturers released the latest and greatest CBD infused products left and right. The majority of the public didn’t know what CBD was prior to that and it suddenly became an overnight sensation.

With superstars like Megan Rapinoe, Emma Roberts, and Mike Tyson endorsing its benefits, it’s no surprise that the industry took off. While CBD is known for treating chronic pain, the beauty industry has capitalized on this golden opportunity when claims of CBD’s supposed anti-inflammatory and skin-loving properties circulated.

CBD-infused skincare products in the market come in almost every form. While serums are common, there are also creams, chapsticks, and cleansers. In this article, we’ll take a look at how and what properties CBD oil is shown to have that can benefit your skin.

Disclaimer: While the prospects of CBD are promising, researchers and experts agree that more research is needed to verify the benefits of CBD oil. Always consult a medical professional before using CBD products.


CBD is known for its anti-inflammatory property. In the realm of skincare, this can be used to reduce the redness, swelling, and pain that comes with inflammatory acne. However, keep in mind that CBD doesn’t treat the root cause of this type of acne, which is usually due to some type of imbalance in the body.

The claims regarding CBD’s anti-inflammatory properties offer a promising future for treating skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema. A very small study in 2019 found that patients who were suffering from psoriasis and eczema significantly improved their skin conditions when they were administered with CBD ointment twice daily and suffered no adverse effects.

The most common way of treating skin inflammation is by using topical ointments like CBD serums and creams. Applying CBD works well as a preventive measure to avoid flare-ups.


Research has shown that CBD is a strong antioxidant. In fact, it may even be stronger than vitamins E and C. Currently, vitamin C is considered the key ingredient in anti-aging or anti-wrinkle products. But we may be seeing a future where CBD dethrones vitamin C as the king of antioxidants.

So, what’s so great about antioxidants?

These chemicals help in neutralizing or removing free radicals on the skin. These are unstable atoms that form as a result of exposure to UV rays, air pollution, and even our body’s biological processes.

While our bodies naturally produce our own antioxidants, the free radicals may overwhelm our body’s ability to neutralize them, and they damage our skin in the form of pigmentation, fine lines, and wrinkles.

For general anti-aging use, it is advised to consume CBD orally. However, you may apply creams on fine lines and wrinkles if they are potent enough.

Oil Regulation

Many factors contribute to acne, and of the bigger contributors is sebum. On the surface, sebum protects our skin from moisture loss. However, it also traps dirt, pollution, and dead skin cells. This causes hair follicles to get clogged and bacterial infection and inflammation to occur, resulting in acne.

So where does CBD come into play? As it turns out, CBD helps to regulate sebum production by preventing human sebocytes from creating too much sebum. A 2014 study confirms that CBD has the potential to become a therapeutic solution for acne due to its overall lipostatic and anti-inflammatory effects.

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