How CBD Stopped My Oily Skin Sheen

How CBD Stopped My Oily Skin Sheen
by Truly Beauty

Oily skin, unfortunately, has a lot to do with genetics. But that doesn't mean you're stuck with an oily complexion. You have options - good ones.

Everyone has sebaceous glands. They're just more expressive in some people. It's a bummer, we know, but there is a way to control those oil glands so that oily sheen goes away.

Meet the mattifying skincare ingredient that is CBD oil.

CBD, or cannabidiol, is a natural compound present in the Cannabis sativa plant. You've no doubt heard all about CBD and its slew of health benefits, but did you hear the news that CBD can steer out sebum - or too much of it, anyway?

Yep, CBD can treat a variety of skin conditions including oiliness and acne. Let us show you how and why it can help.



We knew you'd be curious, so we did some digging and found out for you.

While oily skin is for the most part related to genetics, other factors play a role. Hormones, for starters, can affect how your skin looks. 

"Your oil glands are activated by hormones, including stress hormones, which are all triggered by not sleeping enough, overworking, and general stress," explains Shirley Chi, MD, a Los Angeles-based dermatologist. "Monthly hormone changes that are tied to your [menstrual] cycle can cause oil glands to overproduce in the week leading up to your period, or the week leading up to ovulation."

Stress is also a huge contributor. According to a study, the more stressed you are, the more sebum your skin produces. Ever noticed how breakouts occur after a particularly trying day? Stress could be the reason.



Acne occurs when oil, dirt, and dead skin cells clog your pores, which causes pimples. 

Research indicates that CBD possesses the power to stop the processes known to trigger acne - like oil buildup. 


In a 2014 study, researchers investigated the effects of CBD compounds on human skin samples, and found that CBD inhibited oil production and also had anti-inflammatory effects. 

So, could that mean incorporating CBD skincare products into your skincare routine might mattify your T-zone and diminish that annoying sheen? Possibly.

Further research suggests that full-spectrum CBD oil can ease a range of skin conditions, including eczema, dermatitis, psoriasis, rosacea, and chronically dry skin.



If you've got oily or acne-prone skin, you may want to consider CBD as your go-to treatment. To reap all of its benefits, make it part of your daily skincare routine. Below, we've created you the recipe for skincare success.


  1. Hemp Cleanser

To tackle oily skin, start with a gentle CBD face wash. 

Regularly cleansing your skin prevents oil from clogging your pores and keeps your complexion sheen-free. Thanks to CBD's powerful oil discouraging properties, it's a superb ingredient for stopping that oily sheen from appearing on your forehead.

Besides CBD, look for ingredients like salicylic acid which actively clears acne and blackhead-causing buildup. 

Try it for yourself: Truly's Hemp Jelly Anti-Blemish Facial Cleanser.


  1. Hemp Toner (Optional)

Luckily, toners are no longer tough astringents that leave your skin all tight and dry. Nowadays, toners are focused on delivering hydration to the skin and calming irritation. Some also contain exfoliating properties to remove dead skin cells and decongest your pores.

CBD is the perfect ingredient for providing moisture, balancing oil production, and prompting a healthy skin barrier for a clear, smooth, mattified complexion.

Try it for yourself: Truly's Hemp Jelly Toning Solution.


  1. Hemp Facial Serum

Now that the cleaning's done, follow up with a hydrating, oil-balancing serum to lock in moisture while keeping excess oil at bay.

Besides its oil-eliminating effects, CBD can tame any redness. So if you're someone with sensitive skin or is prone to redness, applying CBD serum can bring down the scarlet hue and promote an even, polished complexion.

Try it for yourself: Truly's Hemp Jelly Facial Serum.


  1. Hemp Face Cream

Moisturizer? On oily skin? Won't that just make things so much worse?

You'd think so, but actually it's the opposite. Not moisturizing your skin can leave it prone to dryness. To compensate, your skin will produce more oil, making your skin appear even oilier. 

To prevent oil production from going into overdrive, regularly moisturize your skin day and night to keep it hydrated. Just avoid using anything heavy or greasy as this will only worsen the oiliness.

Look for ingredients like CBD to soothe and soften your skin, and hyaluronic acid to hydrate it. Remember to follow up with sunscreen (SPF 30) to protect your skin while you're outside and exposed to skin-harming UV rays and pollution.

Try it for yourself: Truly's Flower Child Face Cream.


  1. Hemp Face Mask

While this isn't for daily use, applying a CBD-formulated face mask once or twice a week can aid in overriding an oily complexion. 

To maximize CBD's oil-curbing effects, pair it with retinol products. Retinol is an excellent all-round skincare ingredient, but it's especially effective in decreasing oil production in your skin. Just avoid using too much as it can cause dryness, flaking, and peeling.

Try it for yourself: Truly's Mary Jane Glow Face Mask.


  1. Keep Oil Blotting Papers on You

Whenever you need a touch-up throughout the day, rely on blotting papers. They're really effective at blotting out the excessive oil and mattifying your complexion. Loose powder also works well for a quick touchup. Keeping these products in your purse can keep your oil under control - regardless of where you are or what you're doing.


We know, we know, oily skin is a total drag! Luckily, there are a few ways to keep it under control. You just need a few essential skincare products and a consistent daily regimen. If CBD just happens to become a skincare staple, good for you! We've seen for ourselves how effective it is in balancing oil production! You just need to take a leap of faith and try it for yourself. 




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