5 Benefits of CBD Skin Care

5 Benefits of CBD Skin Care

Ever since oral CBD oil (cannabidiol, pronounced: “kanna-beh-dial”) was legalized in the United States, it has been linked to scores of beneficial reports. 

In a study published in Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research (2018) it was concluded that,

“The use of CBD among individuals for both specific health conditions and general health and well-being is widespread. [] CBD is being used as a specific therapy for a number of diverse medical conditions—particularly pain and inflammatory disorders, in addition to anxiety, depression, and sleep disorders. A large percentage of respondents indicate that CBD treats their condition(s) effectively in the absence of conventional medicine and with non-serious adverse effects.” 

Ever since these positive reviews began to emerge, a multitude of industries jumped on board to incorporate CBD into just about anything, including food, beverages, hair products and skin care. It turns out that there are subtle effects when ingested or shampooed but when applied to the epidermis, these are the 5 benefits of CBD skin care that may help you in more ways than one.

Acne and Skin Irritation

If you struggle with teen or adult acne and want a natural solution, CBD skin care may help. In addition, applying CBD to other skin irritations could also offer healing potential. 

A study published in The Journal of Clinical Investigation concluded,

“We additionally found that CBD also prevented the “pro-acne” LA-T combination from elevating the expression of TNFA, a key cytokine in the pathogenesis of acne vulgaris. These data suggested that CBD may exert anti-inflammatory actions on human sebocytes [sebaceous glands]…”

It was theorized that if CBD could help reduce acne inflammation it might also reduce skin irritation. 

Healthline reported that,

“According to the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology (JAAD), one of the most promising uses for CBD is in the treatment of itchy skin. The journal cited a study that found 81 percent of hemodialysis patients with itchy skin who used a CBD-containing cream experienced complete resolution of their symptoms. The authors of the JAAD article theorized that cannabinoids have the power to turn off signals that transmit to the brain from nerve endings in the skin that indicate skin itching. When coupled with skin-soothing ingredients in lotions and oils, the effect can be itch-relieving.”

Psoriasis and Wound Healing

Psoriasis is a lifelong condition that most people can never really remedy. It causes patches of angry red skin outbreaks that are itchy and uncomfortable as well as unsightly, 

The peer reviewed journal PeerJ reported, 

“Our results suggest that cannabinoids and their receptors constitute a novel, clinically relevant control element of human K6 and K16 expression [keratin, main component in skin]. Therefore, cannabimimetic [having similar pharmacological effects to those of cannabis] agents might be relevant for the treatment of several skin conditions related to aberrant K6/K16 expression, such as psoriasis and wound healing.”

When it comes to scars and wound healing a CBD application protocol shows some significant results. The Italian medical journal La Clinica Terapeutica published a study by an Italian team of researchers titled ‘A therapeutic effect of cbd-enriched ointment in inflammatory skin diseases and cutaneous scars’. 

The conclusion stated that, 

“The topical administration of CBD ointment, without any THC, is a safe and effective non-invasive alternative for improve the quality of life in patients with some skin disorders, especially on inflammatory background.”


The matrix of compounds found in CBD oil continue to gain traction as a valid application for a variety of skin disorders and trauma. This is mainly due to the powerful anti-inflammatory effects of CBD and the significant beneficial results it has shown on human skin conditions including burn treatment. 

According to Tina Alster, M.D., clinical professor of dermatology at Georgetown University Medical Center in Washington, DC., (as reported by Dermatology Times),

“Anti-inflammatory properties associated with CBD are beneficial in treating such dermatologic conditions as acne, psoriasis and eczema due to reduction of dryness, irritation and redness. CBD-containing creams, oils, gels and serums not only moisturize and soothe the skin but are also showing encouraging results in relieving pain caused by certain skin disorders.”

The more traction CBD applications make on skin an overall health will solidify its place in the mainstream alternative health market. Although marijuana and CBD has been used for centuries in everything from ancient healing to modern medicine, the stigma attached still prompts antiquated leadership to keep it under Federal constraints. The science is undeniable, showing CBD as a viable choice beyond many synthetic, often side-effect inducing, pharmacological interventions. 

These 5 benefits of CBD skin care is only the tip of the iceberg for the long list of healing capability this hearty plant (it can practically be grown anywhere) offers. Give CBD skincare a try to see if your eczema, psoriasis, sunburn, scars or simple beauty regiment improves.