CBD & Hemp Skincare: What's the Difference?

Updated: Mar 19

Hemp and CBD are being marketed in beauty and skin care for everything from acne to anti-aging. But is any of that possible, or is it just marketing hype? These are the CBD facts you need to know.

What is CBD?

Cannabidiol, most commonly known as CBD is a molecular compound found in the cannabis and hemp plant and unlike THC, CBD is 100% non-intoxicating. CBD is touted for its analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties, which reduce pain and inflammation. Cannabis and its derivatives have been consumed by humans for centuries to successfully relieve pain, muscle aches, arthritis, neuropathic conditions, and headaches, along with a long list of skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis, rosacea, sunburn, and bug bites when used topically.

What are the benefits for CBD skincare?


Cannabidiols anti-inflammatory properties are effective and encouraging into anti-aging skincare treatments; if you can reduce inflammation, you can reduce aging.

The antioxidant properties in CBD allow for free radicals to be minimized and oxidation of healthy cells to remain undamaged by external and internal environments. External environments include the UV rays from sunlight and can be used topically as an organic sunscreen. CBD is a more potent antioxidant than vitamin C and E in this medicinal action. The anti-inflammatory effects on the dermis include response to free radicals as well as the surrounding tissues from degradation of collagen and elastin. Cell regeneration is another strong property of CBD and its ability to regulate cell dysfunction and start to repair damage from previous harm.


Cannabinoid type 2 Receptors (CB2) are present in the human skin as well as anandamide that provides balance to cell regeneration a contributing factor to conditions like psoriasis. Psoriasis is an anti-inflammatory disease characterized in part by an increase in keratinocyte cell production. Keratin is a fibrous protein that is the main constituent of skin, hair and nail cells.


Cannabinoid type 1 and 2 Receptors (CB1/CB2) act to suppress immune and inflammatory processes with the use of a exogenous cannabinoid like CBD. Any inflammatory response in the skin is due to allergens, infections and eczema response to balance infiltrating immune cells, keratinocytes and sebocytes.


CBD acts on a human skin gland function effectively by inhibiting oil production and rapid increase in cell formation. This is through vanilliod-4 channel by influencing glucose and lipid metabolism. Another G protein coupled receptor A2a adenosine uses CBD to exert complex anti-inflammatory actions to decrease the progression of acne vulgaris.

Topically, CBD’s most alluring attributes are its anti-inflammatory, antioxidant antimicrobial, and pain-killing properties. Your skin is the largest organ you have and your body’s first line of defense against damaging organisms and pollutants, it also has the highest amount and concentration of cannabinoid receptors. These receptors are not only found on your skin but also throughout your body, together they make up the endocannabinoid system, which regulates a lot of the critical functions your body requires to achieve homeostasis, including stress, pain, appetite, inflammation, sleep, hormones and immune function.

Hemp Seed Oil for Skincare

Hemp seed oil, often referred to as “hemp oil,” is harvested by cold-pressed hemp seeds and does NOT contain any CBD. Although, hemp seed oil is very nourishing for your skin and is perfect for most skin types, as it can moisturize your skin without clogging your pores. It can even help to balance out oily skin, hydrating it and regulating the skin’s oil production.

Dryness can also cause your skin to overproduce oil, which in turn, can stimulate acne. Hemp seed oil products can prevent dry skin without clogging pores, this helps reduce acne that’s caused by excess oil, while leaving you skin feeling silky smooth.

Also, one of the omega-6 fatty acids that hemp oil contains is gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), which acts as a anti-inflammatory. Although, it is important to note that CBD is a more powerful anti-inflammatory.

If you’re looking to add some extra moisture and balance out the oil production in your skin than hemp see oil products is generally the way to get those benefits. However, if your looking to add to your skincare regimen that’ll calm irritated skin and combat skin conditions, like eczema or psoriasis, check out our CBD Bath & Body products, which would be more effective and therefore, the better choice.


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