How Can CBD Help Your Skin?
Much has been made of the ways people can include CBD in their diet, whether you fancy a few drops of CBD oil in your coffee or picking up a pack of gummies.
However, it’s just as effective on a surface level, and there is an increasing variety of CBD skin care products available in stores and online. You can even take the DIY approach and mix pure CBD oil into your existing skin care products. It also works well when applied with a carrier oil like shea butter or coconut oil, or simply applied to your skin directly.
Whether you prefer to drink it or dab it, there’s a tonne of CBD health benefits for your skin, and we’ve highlighted a few of the big ones below.
Can CBD Be Absorbed Through Skin?
The short answer? Yes! Using CBD oil on your skin lets it enter your bloodstream in a different way from consuming it orally, and it will instead build up over time to interact with receptors in the pores in the top layer of skin.
Some of the main benefits of absorbing CBD through the skin include anti-inflammatory, anti-itch and anti-pain properties. All of these can significantly help to improve and relieve chronic conditions including dermatitis, seborrheic dermatitis, rosacea, eczema and psoriasis.
It’s worth noting that, like anything applied to skin, CBD products can cause reactions, so it’s wise to patch test on a small area of the skin before applying it widely.
How to Use CBD for your Skin
Our 100% natural, thoroughly tested and toxin-free CBD oil can be used directly on the skin or mixed in with your skin care products. It’s calming and anti-inflammatory effects can be used to soothe a range of skin conditions, bringing balance back to your body.
Here are a few ways in which the Good Hemp community has used CBD oil for skin care purposes.
1. CBD for Acne
Acne is one of the most common skin conditions out there, and despite popular belief, it’s not only teenagers who suffer from it. In fact, it affects most people at some point in their lives, so any remedies (however weird or wonderful) are usually welcome.
It’s caused when excess oil, dirt and dead skin cells clog pores, resulting in a build up of bacteria (Propionibacterium acne) that can leave angry, red blemishes. Acne most commonly develops on the face, back and chest, and can cause oily or sensitive skin that’s painful to touch – plus a variety of spots, including:
But it’s not all doom and gloom. A promising study found that CBD can help fight acne by reducing the processes known to cause it, such as the build-up of excess oil in the skin. CBD actually inhibits oil production, which means it plays a role in reducing the production of sebum, an oily, waxy substance in the skin produced by the body’s sebaceous glands and one of the main culprits to cause acne. Pair this with the anti-inflammatory effects it has on oil-producing glands, and looking after your skin will be smooth sailing.
Idea: Rub a few drops of Good Hemp’s peppermint CBD oil on your spots for an extra-cleansing effect!
2. CBD for Anti-Ageing
We all have a drawer that’s bursting with lotions and potions to help us age gracefully, right? There are many that claim to knock years off your appearance, however the results are often dubious. However, CBD is one skin care ingredient that really can affect the appearance of aging.
It’s no secret that, at least after the 20-year mark, our body starts to produce 1% less collagen – the substance that gives our skin its elasticity – every year. In addition, a gradual decline in the production of natural oils reduces the level of moisture in the skin, leading to a lack of firmness, fine lines, wrinkles, sun spots and hyperpigmentation.
The powerful antioxidants in CBD can help lessen these visible signs of ageing by counteracting free-radical damage and reducing inflammation. This relaxes the skin, smoothing out wrinkles and fine lines.
So step aside, overpriced collagen creams, we’re reaching for the CBD instead!
Tip: add a few drops of our citrus CBD oil to your anti-aging cream for an extra skin-boost!
3. CBD for Eczema and Psoriasis
In addition to wrinkles, studies have shown CBD can help to clear skin, relieve itching, and offer anti-microbial properties – which make our power plant attractive as a medical compound, particularly in the area of dermatology.
There are only a few studies currently available to support the topical use of CBD for eczema. However, a small 2019 study revealed that participants who applied CBD-enriched ointment to skin twice daily for three months saw significant improvement to their inflammatory symptoms. In 2020, another study concluded that 50% of participants who applied CBD cream reported their eczema improved by more than 60%.
Tip: add a few drops of our natural CBD oil to your preferred hydrating cream for an extra-calming effect.
4. CBD for Your Under-Eye
Whether your bedtime routine is suffering due to binge-watching Netflix, or you’re struggling to meet your 8 hours for other reasons, the consequences are usually the same: dark, puffy under-eye bags. Despite what gen z on tiktok says, we don’t think it’s cute.
But before you slap on the concealer, think about whether you could use the anti-inflammatory properties of CBD oil instead. It’s been known to reduce puffiness around your eyes, and applying CBD oil to the affected area will help calm the skin, diminish puffiness and even tighten the area underneath the eyes. After a few weeks, you’ll be bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, no matter how many episodes deep you found yourself in that new drama series.
Tip: our uplifting citrus CBD oil can make you feel extra energised in the morning!
So, incorporating CBD into your skin care routine can offer an easy way to revitalise your skin and soothe a range of common ailments. And if you’re not entirely sure what the best CBD skin care products are, adding a few drops of pure CBD oil into your existing moisturisers and sunscreens can help you try it out and see what level works best for you.