Are CBD skincare benefits real? Can CBD heal acne, reduce oiliness and calm your sensitive skin? Let’s find out.

Is CBD Skincare Just a Fad? Can it help your oily, sensitive, acne prone skin?

In Acne, Oily Skin Skincare, Sensitive Skincare by Cheryl Woodman MChemLeave a Comment

You shouted, I listened. CBD skincare’s trending right now. But the big question is – does CBD skincare have benefits for your skin? It’s rumoured to help reduce oil production, calm sensitive skin and help get rid of acne but does it work?

Is CBD in skincare worth it?

Or is it as Cheryl points out on my Instagram – a fad because of the recent buzz of CBD oil and drinks?

Are CBD skincare benefits real? Or just a fad?
Let’s find out shall we 😀

Are CBD skincare benefits real? Can CBD heal acne, reduce oiliness and calm your sensitive skin? Let’s find out.
This post is sponsored and made possible by Perricone MD – opinions are 100% my own and supported by science. Thank you so much for supporting the sponsors who support Honesty For Your Skin, they allow me to be by your side always. 

CBD in skincare – does it work?

Last year I was sent a selection of CBD skincare products from a brand whose number one product is CBD oil. The kind you take by mouth. Their oral CBD oil was doing well and so they thought – hey, let’s try CBD skincare. And so this CBD skincare package turns up at my doorstep. I’m excited to get to know more.

(Psst – this wasn’t Perricone)

First of all – I look at the ingredients list. I’m wanting to know;

  1. What kind of CBD is inside this CBD toner I hold in my hand?
  2. Does it look like it’s in a concentration which can work? – you can get a fair guess by the position of the active ingredient on an ingredients list and sometimes the brand will even tell you 😀

My excitement begins ringing with little alarm bells, because as I’m turning to the ingredients list it’s different from what’s listed on their website.

Website says – cannabidiol. Yes, yes, yes – this is what you want to see. Cannabidiol is the technical name for CBD oil. It’s the active ingredient.

But the ingredients label of the bottle they’ve sent me says – CBD distillate.

Yikes. This could mean there’s a super low amount of CBD oil in this skincare product. That’s because CBD distillate is a mix of ingredients. It’s like the difference between cocoa powder and chocolate. Cocoa powder is literally just cocoa powder whereas chocolate has cocoa powder and cocoa butter, sugar and sometimes yummy flavourings like vanilla.

CBD oil is like cocoa powder. CBD distillate is like chocolate – but thing is – it could be like white chocolate aka chocolate with minimal cocoa powder… or in our case minimal CBD oil.

My little alarm bells quieten to a tinkle as I notice the concentration of CBD is declared on the bottle. Wahoo.

I see >>> 340mg CBD per bottle.

However, is this CBD as ‘cannabidiol’ or as ‘CBD distillate?

I ask the brand for more information and get total email silence. My alarm bells start ringing again… like they’re attempting to wake up a small village 😱

Psst – you don’t need a lot of cannabidiol in skincare for it to have potential benefits for your skin – more about if those benefits are real soon 🙂 however you do need to know CBD is in your skincare in a concentration with the potential to work.

CBD Skincare Benefits

I’m super excited when Perricone MD send me a selection of their CBD skincare.

Their CBD moisturiser and CBD toner – fancily called their rebalancing elixir 😉

Perricone CBD moisturiser and toner – CBD skincare set.

As I’m looking at the ingredients lists for both of these products I see CBD on the list as… cannabidiolwahoo. 

In fact, Perricone declares this as 99% pure cannabidiol meaning ‘cannabidiol’ on the ingredients list is at least 99% cannabidiol. Yes, yes, yes.

As I look at the ingredients list I also see cannabidiol’s not the last active.

Psst – ingredients on a skincare list are ordered by concentration until you get to a level of 1%, at that point they can be listed in ANY order – however usually it still makes sense to do this by concentration – otherwise, it just gets messy.

On the front of the Perricone CBD moisturiser I can also see, ‘450mg cannabidiol’ – wahoo.

Concentration of CBD in Perricone CBD moisturiser. Is it enough to get you the benefits of CBD in skincare?

Ingredients List for Perricone MD Hypoallergenic CBD Sensitive Skin Therapy Moisturiser

Water/Aqua/Eau, Glycerin, Betaine, Coco-Caprylate, Triethylhexanoin, Sodium Acrylates Copolymer, Calendula Ocinalis Flower Extract, Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil, Ceteareth-30, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Mauritia Flexuosa Fruit Oil, Polyglyceryl-3 Methylglucose Distearate, Glyceryl Caprylate, Cannabidiol, Bisabolol, Lecithin, Ceramide NP, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Tocopherol, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, 1,2-Hexanediol, Decyl Glucoside.

Perricone are telling us exactly how much is in this bottle. As this is a 59ml jar of moisturiser we have roughly a 0.4mol/L concentration  – we’ll find out if this is enough soon 🙂

Psst – Perricone’s CBD rebalancing elixir contains a 0.02mol/L concentration.

Perricone CBD toner – CBD skincare set.

Ingredients List for Perricone MD Hypoallergenic CBD Sensitive Skin Therapy Rebalancing Elixir

Water/Aqua/Eau, 1,2-Hexanediol, Sodium PCA, Triethyl Citrate, Propanediol, Capryloyl Glycine, Glycerin, Annona Cherimola Fruit Extract, Cannabidiol, Ganoderma Lucidum (Mushroom) Stem Extract, Grifola Frondosa Fruiting Body Extract, Sodium Bicarbonate, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Sodium Hydroxide, Citric Acid, Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil Glycereth-8 Esters, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Sodium Citrate, Lentinus Edodes Mycelium Extract, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Phenylpropanol.

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CBD in Skincare Studies

Now to the BIG question. Does CBD in skincare work? Does CBD skincare have big benefits for your skin? Or is CBD in skincare a fad?

To answer your questions 🙂 we’re taking a peek at CBD skincare studies.

The first rumour – CBD skincare can help tame oily skin, is it true?

  • A 2014 study shows cannabidiol CAN reduce sebum production (with increasing benefits from 0.001 to a 0.01 mol/L concentration) – exciting eh – in fact this study concludes ‘CBD behaves as a highly effective sebostatic agent’ – this study even shows CBD can stop testosterone from making skin extra oily – now that’s pretty awesome. Psst – this was found with a TINY concentration – however, the tests were done in a petri-dish and not on real skin – however for some studies they used a technique which is known to mimic human skin as closely as possible.
  • In 2015 a study gets published showing a 3% cannabis seed extract cream – applied twice a day and used for 3 months significantly reduced sebum levels (from a baseline of 74 to 46)- psst cannabis seed extract is not pure cannabidiol meaning there’s way less than 3% cannabidiol in this cream.
  • A 2020 review of CBD in skincare goes on to say, ‘it is important to note that CBD does not simply reduce lipid production but rather it is able to normalize lipogenesis in a state of imbalance’ – this is so, so important. CBD is not drying out your skin – this leads to a worsening of your skin health long-term – instead CBD is normalising aka balancing your skin’s sebum production. Your oiliness see-saw is heading towards balanced, not swinging from oily to dry and dehydrated.

The verdict: Yes – there’s good potential CBD in skincare can help balance your skin’s oiliness. Wahoo.

I recommend Perricone MD’s CBD Rebalancing Elixir aka toner for oily skin types – the concentration is double what this first study tests at –  so after 3 months of use you could actually be seeing a noticeable reduction in your skin’s oiliness. Wahoo. Buy it here.

Right now you can get up to 20% off Perricone MD with the voucher code PMDM20!

Perricone CBD moistursier review

The second rumour – CBD skincare benefits sensitive skin types, helping to turn down redness, reactivity, burning, stinging sensations and more. Is it true?

  • The same 2014 study we talked about above – well it also shows CBD skincare can have ‘substantial anti-inflammatory effects’ – wahoo – if you have a sensitive skin type then your skin’s anti-inflammatory battery’s flashing on low power mode – skincare which helps top it back up can soothe your sensitive skin type.
  • A 2020 review of CBD skincare benefits tells us – CBD can have a potent antibacterial effect against even some antibiotic-resistant bacteria – this is super helpful for sensitive skin as your skin’s balance of good and bad bacteria’s usually upset – ‘bad bacteria’ are thriving and causing you redness and burning.
  • A 2021 review of CBD in skincare lists many studies showing CBD skincare can help to reduce itching.
  • The same 2015 study that shows a 3% cannabis seed extract cream reduced oiliness of skin also shows it can reduce erythema aka redness in your skin – that’s awesome for sensitive skin types.

The verdict: If there’s one thing CBD is known to do, it’s anti-inflammatory benefits (that’s why CBD oil taken orally can be an effective pain reliever) – there’s some good evidence CBD skincare benefits sensitive skin types. Yay.

Perricone CBD toner review

I recommend both Perricone MD’s CBD Rebalancing Elixir and Hypoallergenic CBD Moisturiser for sensitive skin types. If you have sensitive skin and want to start with only one product I recommend starting out with Perricone’s Hypoallergenic CBD Moisturiser. Buy it here.

Perricone CBD moisturiser

The third rumour – CBD skincare can help you get rid of acne. Is it true?

  • When you have acne your sebum is imbalanced in a way which makes your pores prone to breakouts – guess what – CBD in skincare studies shows reduced sebum levels but not just that – it can help to balance them. This absolutely helps fight acne.
  • Remember those anti-inflammatory benefits we talked about? Well, acne is an inflammatory skin condition and so yes, yes, yes – that’s a big tick for CBD skincare being helpful for acne prone skin.
  • When you have acne these are your two big changes – your skin’s in a super state of inflammation and your sebum levels are way off balance. A 2022 review of CBD skincare benefits concludes, ‘evaluation of CBD in acne-like conditions revealed suppressed expression of pro-inflammatory cytokines… CBD also reduced excessive lipid synthesis’ – wahoo CBD

The verdict: Yes, there’s some great evidence CBD skincare benefits acne-prone skin. However, I do not recommend relying solely on CBD for treatment of your acne.

Is CBD Skincare Just a Fad?

I’m so happy to say – no CBD in skincare is not just a fad – at least not when the CBD skincare you’re buying has a good concentration and a formula which helps the active get to deeper layers of your skin. Perricone are pretty good at that.

I’m also looking forward to seeing more CBD in skincare studies proving CBD skincare benefits.

Psst – do you have a question about CBD in skincare I’ve not answered? Drop it to me in the comments down below.

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