Why is CBD good for our skin?

Why is CBD good for our skin?

CBD has antioxidant, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that are deemed to be beneficial in treating skin concerns like inflammation, dryness, redness and rosacea.

Cannabidiol, the cannabis-derived compound more commonly referred to as CBD, is breaking new grounds in the health and wellness industry. More specifically in dermatology, CBD is known for its anti-inflammatory, calming, hydrating and soothing properties that can help strengthen the skin’s natural barrier. Although studies are still being conducted, research has started to show that when applied topically, it may help support our overall skin health and appearance, by giving it a more hydrated, smoother, and calmer complexion.

But what is CBD Oil?

But before we go any deeper in explaining why CBD could be beneficial to our skin, it is key to understand why CBD oils are all different – meaning composition, carrier oils, purity and quality varies every time.

When people refer to CBD oil, they usually refer to hemp extract -  Full Spectrum or Broad Spectrum oils extracted from the flowers and stems of the cannabis (hemp) plant, yet the CBD % in each case varies, altering the oil’s properties, potency, uses and applicability.

In its purest form, CBD isolate is a white powdery substance used by many brands, yet as a standalone - it excludes all the properties and nutrients derived from the other components (CBG, CBC, CBN, Terpenes… ) found in hemp extracts. The CBD isolate is usually mixed with carrier oils forming a different oil composition, with different comedogenic levels, scents and properties.  

What is a Carrier Oil?

The role of carrier oils is similar in every case, whether it be isolate, broad or full spectrum CBD. Carrier oils bled the CBD isolate or hemp extracts to help deliver the CBD and other cannabinoids efficiently to the body influencing the taste and color of the final product.

Top 4 reasons why CBD is deemed to be good for our skin

i. Reduce Inflammation and Strengthen the Skin’s Natural Barrier

Fighting inflammation is the single most important thing you can do for your skin. Inflammation can occur regularly as a response to injury, a debilitated skin barrier, environmental aggressors, over exfoliation or irritation - resulting in conditions such as rosacea, dark spots, redness, acne breakouts, itching, or swelling.

CBD's anti-inflammatory properties are some of the best documented, and are one of the main reasons why this compound is being adopted for so many topical applications from treating muscle and joint aches, to treating localized inflammation and strengthening the skin’s national barrier.

According to Jordan Tishler, M.D., medical cannabis expert at Inhale MD in Boston, when applied topically, CBD could  also be beneficial in treating eczema, psoriasis and rosacea. Although in-depth confirmatory studies are still being conducted, clinical studies have shown promising results.

ii. Could help Soothe and Calm the Skin

CBD is thought to be a gentle and non-irritating ingredient that can help soothe and calm our skin, visibly reducing redness, itchiness and alleviating dryness. “According to researchers at the University of Colorado, CBD can be used as a natural alternative to commonly-used steroids”.

Allergic reactions in skincare products containing CBD tend to be tied to other botanical ingredients, a fragrance, a dye, an essential oil or a preservative added, and very unlikely to have been induced by the CBD compound itself.

iii. Could Counteract Signs of Aging

Antioxidants are substances that reduce oxidative stress by inhibiting oxidation. CBD’s antioxidant properties could help neutralize free radicals, protecting the skin from oxidation and dryness.

In addition to well known antioxidants like Vitamin E and Vitamin C, recent findings have indicated that CBD could be one of the richest sources of antioxidants for our skin. CBD’s chemical structure has a free oxygen atom that can be donated to free radicals to neutralize them.

By preventing skin cell deterioration from happening, antioxidants can help maintain a younger and healthier-looking skin. Free radicals are unstable molecules that damage the skin’s structure resulting in the appearance of additional fine lines, wrinkles and dark spots.

iv. May help Control Sebum Production

In addition to its anti-bacterial properties that may help curb acne breakouts, CBD is thought to help control the production of sebum. Excessive oil secretion, bacteria,  a susceptible skin barrier and/or unregulated hormones typically contribute to acne breakouts. More importantly, in the right formulations, CBD oil may help reduce the size and swelling of bumps and blemishes.

CBD is deemed to have a favorable safety profile, as published in the Journal of Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research. Studies regarding CBD oil benefits and side-effects are still nascent, but early research is very promising.


According to a 2017 study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, over 60% of online CBD products were mislabeled. It’s always best to opt for brands you trust – where you understand their CBD content, sourcing practices, the purity of their oils and in fact – that their products comply with what they claim on the label.

At PUMBBA we work with an Organic Certified Hemp Farm, ensuring all our oils comply with the highest quality standards. Our Overnight Z Mask has been meticulously formulated with Broad Spectrum CBD Oil and Hemp Seed Oil, and how much CBD we use is never a secret, it's right on the label. 

To ensure transparency and consistency, every production batch is sent to third-party last testing. Ultimately our Certificates of Analysis (COAs) are readily available upon request.


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