What’s the all the hype around CBD oil and Skincare?

One of the hottest topics today is the use of CBD oil in skincare products. But what does it do for you? Is it worthwhile for you to look for CBD in your skincare products? 

Recent legislation, specifically the 2018 Farm Bill, has legalized the use of CBD so it’s now being used in all sorts of skincare products from cleansers to moisturizers to anti-aging creams.

It truly is the hot ingredient of the day and for those of you who are skincare enthusiasts, typically we want the newest hottest thing and CBD is it.

CBD oil does not have a long history of being used in skincare products.  The reason is because of the legality and potential legalities of it. Now it has been used in topical pain relievers and a lot of people have had great results with it. 


Well now with the laws changing, it’s being used more and more in skin care products and there are a lot of skincare companies who are putting it in their formulations promising anything from the Fountain of Youth to improving acne. 

CBD oil has a few known traits that can be very helpful if you’re looking at skincare. The first thing to keep in mind is that CBD is anti-inflammatory.  

We know that there are a lot of skin conditions that are due to inflammation such as acne rosacea. A lot of people get these types of breakouts. Even aging is considered an inflammatory condition.

So it makes sense that if you want to turn back the clock, if you want to reduce the inflammation in your skin, CBD oil is a reasonable way to do it.

We also know that CBD is a potent antioxidant and you may have heard talk about Vitamin C. Vitamin C is an antioxidant that’s used by pretty much all the different skincare companies.

CBD oil is also a potent antioxidant, it fights free radicals and so that is something that you can use in a serum or a moisturizer to protect your skin.

Finally, CBD is quite soothing to the skin. It’s moisturizing to the skin and so you can apply it to the skin in moisturizers as a way to help your skin to be more hydrated and to feel better.

But the question is, does CBD do this better than maybe some of the other things. Is CBD a better antioxidant than let’s say Vitamin C? 

Well we don’t know because we haven’t had the chance to test it very much because it hasn’t been legal for that long. So the jury is still out. The typical question we get is “if I apply a CBD oil to my skin or if I apply CBD skin care products can I get high from it?”

The answer is no. THC and CBD are very similar.  When you look at them they both come from the cannabis plant and they both have very similar chemical structures, but THC has psychoactive properties you can get high from it and CBD does not. 

If you have an inflammatory skin condition, like let’s say you’ve got adult acne and you’ve tried different things and it’s not getting much better. Consider trying a CBD infused skincare product as it may be worthwhile because we do know it has anti-inflammatory properties.

If you want to use it as an antioxidant, by all means do it. But what I would caution you about is don’t use it in place of other known and proven options.

We do know that combining Vitamin C and Vitamin E can work synergistically together to get an even better effect. I wouldn’t necessarily use CBD instead of those two, I’d use Vitamin C and Vitamin E instead because we know that they work.

But if you want to add CBD as a supplement for an inflammatory skin condition, then by all means try it. However, at this point the jury is still out with CBD and skin care products. There isn’t enough conclusive long term research studies that can validate the benefits, as we mainly rely on anecdotal testimonials.