CBD, Tinctures, Face, Skin

Can You Use a CBD Tincture for Your Face?

CBD tinctures are one of the most popular products on the market, offering the full extent of the value of the hemp plant through a user-friendly delivery method.  While tinctures are, obviously, meant for sublingual administration, that doesn’t mean that they can’t be highly useful in other applications.  Some people have incorporated CBD tinctures into their daily skincare routines. So, we’ll be explaining why, and whether or not it’s the best way to provide the skin with the properties that cannabidiol (CBD) has to offer.

What Exactly is a CBD Tincture?

A CBD tincture, which is also known as “CBD oil” or “CBD drops”, is a type of cannabidiol formula that consists primarily of pure hemp extract and a carrier oil that acts as a dilution agent.  It comes in a dropper bottle, and is absorbed sublingually (below the tongue). This is for relatively fast absorption and long-lasting effects that can be felt widely throughout the body.

While all CBD tinctures contain those two ingredients, the exact nature of the formula can vary in a number of ways:

  • Hemp Extract: The type of hemp extract used in a tincture can be full spectrum (the entire variety of chemical compounds in hemp), broad spectrum (a THC-free alternative to full spectrum), or CBD isolate (pure cannabidiol extract).
  • A Carrier Oil: The carrier oil used to dilute the hemp extract can vary as well.  The most commonly used type is MCT oil, which is derived from coconuts.  But, some companies may use hempseed oil, grapeseed oil, or olive oil.

Besides that, some CBD tinctures have other ingredients in them besides the two mentioned above.

  • Flavoring Ingredients: Some companies make their CBD tinctures flavored, using either natural or artificial flavoring extracts.
  • Essential Oils: Some tinctures contain essential oils that are rich in valuable properties of their own, while adding flavor and aroma to the product.  Examples are lemon essential oil, peppermint essential oil and orange essential oil.
  • Alternative Plant Extracts: Some companies will enhance their tinctures with other herbal or botanical extracts such as passion flower, lemon balm, or melatonin.

What Can Happen When You Apply CBD Oil to Your Face?

You might be surprised by how useful CBD oil can be. Especially, when applied to the face as part of a skincare regimen.  Studies have been conducted over the years that show the way in which cannabidiol interacts with cannabinoid receptors in the skin’s layers to offer regulatory effects that may lead to skin equilibrium. 

One study observed the relationship between CBD and acne, showing that it may offer sebostatic and anti-inflammatory properties to the skin.  While the sebostatic properties regulate sebum production in the pores to prevent the clogging that leads to infection (pimples), anti-inflammatory agents minimize the impact of pimples by reducing redness, swelling and tenderness, and promote faster healing.  At the same time, CBD may act as an antibacterial agent that could potentially kill acne-causing bacteria.

The same anti-inflammatory properties referenced above could be effective against anti-inflammatory skin conditions like eczema, which can cause the face to peel and become highly irritated.  Meanwhile, the carrier oils commonly used in tincture products are extremely moisturizing to the skin, while generally being considered noncomedogenic.

What to Look for Before Putting a CBD Oil on Your Face

Not all CBD oil products are made equally. That means you will need to consider a few key things before using a CBD tincture as a skincare product.

#1: The Ingredients

Yes, read the ingredients of a CBD oil carefully, as some ingredients are not suitable for the face.  Mainly, a lot of flavoring ingredients are not recommended. Why? Because they may clog pores and feed fungus that could lead to the development of a fungal infection.  Especially stay away from tinctures that contain sweeteners.

#2:Type of Carrier Oil

Noncomedogenic carrier oils are oils that are not known to clog the pores.  Examples are MCT oil, hempseed oil, and grapeseed oil.  But, some people may be sensitive to a particular type of oil, which can cause them to break out.  Make sure that a tincture you’re looking at contains a carrier oil that’s compatible with your skin.

#3: The Milligram Strength

CBD oils come in different milligram strengths, which tells you how potent the effects of the CBD will be.  The higher the strength, the more potent the tincture will be, and the more CBD your skin will receive.

CBD Tinctures vs CBD Skincare: Which is Better?

CBD tinctures can be applied to your face and aren’t associated with any negative effects thus far.  At Freed, we offer CBD tinctures that could be used for the face.  However, only our Cool Mint formula is recommended as the other flavors we carry contain sugars.  Meanwhile, if you’re looking for CBD products made specifically for skincare, you’ll want to explore our CBD Facial Mask, which combines broad spectrum hemp with a diverse array of skin-loving natural derivatives.

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