New and experienced CBD users typically start with oral CBD. After finding significant relief from consuming oral CBD, users are curious about how effective CBD is for the skin.

CBD is safe and effective for use on a variety of minor skin-related irritations. Researchers are finding no negative effects and is significantly improving the skin. Users are finding CBD is great for dry/cracked skin, itchiness, bug bites, minor cuts, in the ear & nose, on private areas, and more.

Below we’ll look at how specifically you can use CBD for your skin, as well as taking a brief look at research and ongoing clinical trials.

Does CBD Affect Skin?

There are cannabinoid receptors on your skin that CBD can interact with that takes part in various skin related function, according to ACS Chemical Neuroscience, a peer-reviewed scientific journal.

Cannabinoids such as CBD interact with the skin’s cannabinoid receptors that are linked to pain, perception of itching, homeostasis, various minor skin irritations (rash, redness, etc). 

With skin being the largest organ in the body, the skin may contain a large number of cannabinoid receptors that can create numerous potential opportunities to have an effect.

Does CBD Improve Skin?

Over a dozen clinical trials for CBD and skin are at various stages to research how CBD might have a critical role in aiding normal skin health.

Notable clinical trials in progress to keep an eye on (or participate) include:

  1. Effect of an Emollient Cream Containing 0.5% Cannabidiol and 1% Hemp Oil in the Hydration and Erythema of the Skin (Celosia)
  2. Effect of a Facial Cream Containing Cannabidiol and Hemp Oil on Skin Hydration and Acne-prone Skin (Dahlia)
  3. A Phase I, Double Blind, Randomized, Placebo Controlled, Maximal Dose Study to Determine the Safety, Tolerability of Topical Cream Containing MGC (Medical Grade Cannabis) in Healthy Volunteers
  4. Study to Evaluate the Safety, Tolerability and Efficacy of Cannabidiol (CBD) as a Steroid-sparing Therapy in Chronic Spontaneous Urticaria (CSU) Patients
  5. Androgenetic Alopecia Treatment Using Varin and Cannabidiol Rich Topical Hemp Oil: A Case Series (Hair Regrowth)

Further research, with before and after pictures, shows topical CBD ointments can have a significant improvement to your skin.

This study had participants apply CBD topical cream to the affected area of the skin two times a day for three months.

All participants in the study showed a significant improvement, most notably the hydration.

Other improvements noted by participants include.

  1. Improved itch severity
  2. Improved sleep
  3. Skin elasticity

Is CBD Bad For Your Skin?

Current research is finding CBD topical skin ointments are safe and effective options.

CBD is showing it’s a safe non-invasive alternative to boost the quality of life.

According to Dr. Stevenson, any bad reaction you may have is most likely a result of other chemical ingredients in low-quality CBD products.

Other ingredients that can cause a bad reaction may include, fragrances, preservatives, dyes, etc.

CBD by itself is highly unlikely to be the sole cause of a bad skin reaction.

Before adding CBD to your skincare routine, it’s best to have a quick conversation with your dermatologist.

Can CBD Cause Skin Problems?

In the above-mentioned study, all participants showed significant improvement with no documentation of irritation or allergic reactions during the three-month research.

Although the small test group all showed significant improvement, the researchers state there need to be future investigations on the exact mechanism of action.

Other future trials on CBD for skin need to study the efficacy, safety, and tolerability of topical skin creams that combine other cannabinoids and other whole cannabis plant compounds.

The future of CBD and skin research will continue to uncover data on the formula that will have the highest effectiveness for multiple skin problems.

Is CBD Cream Good For Dry Skin?

I primarily use CBD on my skin when it’s dry, cracked, or mildly irritated.

Places I’ve used CBD for dry skin include behind the ear, lips, nose area (after lots of nose blowing), after shaving, full face after a hot shower, in-between toes, full foot area, genitals, and much more.

In every area I’ve applied CBD, I found near-instant relief.

The only area I didn’t find fast and lasting relief was on my dry and cracked feet.

Why I might not have found relief from my foot issues was most likely because I was using an unflavored oral CBD tincture.

When I used an actual cream specifically designed for the skin, I quickly found the relief I was looking for.

Can You Put Straight CBD Oil On Face?

Some CBD products are great for applying directly to your face.

While the market is flooded with CBD skin products and face serums, there are some products that contain dozens of synthetic chemicals — while only containing a very small amount of actual CBD.

When shopping for CBD oil products to apply directly to your face, make sure you choose products that have recognizable ingredients, as well as effective amounts of CBD.

Can I Rub Oral CBD Oil On My Skin?

As a general rule, you can use CBD oil tinctures on your skin, provided there are no unwanted ingredients that might irritate sensitive skin.

Before rubbing oral CBD oil on your skin, verify the ingredients don’t have anything you don’t want on your skin or near your eyes that can cause stinging irritation.

I primarily use unflavored oral CBD tincture on my skin for minor cuts, dry skin, dry lips, inside my ear, as well as in on and around my nose.

Can I Rub CBD Oil On My Skin For Pain?

There are many ways you can rub CBD oil on your skin for pain in multiple areas to find fast relief.

We’ve used CBD oil on our little one with her skin was super itchy and cracked dry skin behind her ear.

Others use CBD on their joints, as well as rubbing CBD on bug bites to find relief and help them heal faster.