Many jurisdictions, like Canada, have taken CBD out from under the covers and into the light of legality. As a result, CBD is exploding onto the health scene, including skin care.

If the experts’ claims are right, lathering CBD onto your skin will help treat your skin concerns and give you supple skin.

You can find CBD in many skin-care products like CBD creams, soaps, toners, serums, face oil, sunscreens, masks, and even lip balm.

But is CBD in skin care all hype or all health?

Marijauna leaf beside a bottle of face serum.


What is CBD?

Cannabidiol or CBD, is one of the many cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. The other well-known active ingredient is tetrahydrocannabinol or THC. While THC gives you the psychoactive or “high” feeling, CBD doesn’t.

According to the World Health Organization, CBD has a good safety profile. This means that CBD in skin care products are fine for daily use, sensitive skin, and different skin types.


How CBD Helps with Skin Conditions


CBD Controls Inflammation

Early studies show that CBD has an anti-inflammatory effect on the skin. It can help with common skin issues like:

  • Eczema (atopic dermatitis)
  • Psoriasis
  • Rosacea
  • Acne

Since inflammation is the basis for all skin diseases, CBD may even help delay aging skin by treating fine lines, wrinkles, and dry skin.

What experts know so far is that your body has at least two (2) cannabinoid receptors, CB1 and CB2. When CBD is applied to the skin, it gets absorbed and interacts with the receptors to dial down your body’s inflammatory response.

This means that CBD’s anti-inflammatory properties can reduce skin redness, itchiness, or flaking.


CBD Reduces Oil Production

Along with calming down inflamed skin that’s present with acne, CBD may also control oil production.

Your sebaceous glands produce oil, but when too much is made, you can get acne. The good news is that your sebaceous glands have CB2 receptors. When CBD interacts with these receptors, the amount of acne-causing oil that’s made is reduced.


CBD Kills Bacteria

Not only does CBD reduce the amount of oil that your sebaceous glands produce, it also kills a range of bacteria that cause acne.

Woman holding a magnifying glass up to acne on her cheek.
Early research shows that CBD helps to decrease skin inflammation.


What to Know Before You Use CBD Skin Care Products

Before you run out to the nearest store and buy the first CBD skin care product you see, it’s important to think about the following:

  • The research into CBD for skin health is limited. A few studies show promise about CBD’s influence on skin conditions but more clinical research is needed.

  • There isn’t solid evidence about the most effective CBD dosage for various skin conditions. So topical CBD products will have a wide dose range that haven’t been scientifically proven.

  • CBD may interact with your prescription medications. Get your doctor’s advice before using CBD beauty products. You may want to speak with a marijuana health practitioner also, because they’ll probably know more about CBD than your doctor.



More than ever before, people want to take control of their health by consuming products with natural ingredients, like extracts from the cannabis plant.

The health benefits of CBD go beyond treating chronic pain, depression, and anxiety. It has benefits for many skin disorders like acne, eczema, psoriasis, rosacea, and aging skin.

If you’re looking for CBD skin or beauty products but don’t know where to start, you can check out The Naked Bubble product line in our online shop.

Bottles and containers of CBD skin care products.
The Naked Bubble CBD product line is available on our online shop.


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