It started when I was about 14. The sides of my nose got really red. Then they got flaky. Then they got weepy. Then I got weepy. I didn’t love it. But I also had no recourse to address it, let alone fix it. I didn’t want to draw attention to it, so I just ignored my own face in the hopes that it would fix itself. Once My itchy, irritated, flaky, over-treated skin has calmed down so much since using Therapeutic CBD Skin Balm. It really works wonder for seborrheic dermatit
This CBD Oil Saved My Skin From Full Blown Painful Itchiness
It started when I was about 14. The sides of my nose got really red. Then they got flaky. Then they got weepy. Then I got weepy. I didn’t love it. But I also had no recourse to address it, let alone fix it. I didn’t want to draw attention to it, so I just ignored my own face in the hopes that it would fix itself. Once that was no longer an option, I went to the doctor.
I had seborrheic dermatitis, which is kind of like dandruff but red and scaly and on your face. Love that for me! I was quickly given a lotion whose only ingredients were sulfur and mineral oils, and sent on my way. In the years that followed, I treated seasonal and stress-related flare ups with soap-free face wash, cortisone cream, and that’s pretty much it. The idea of using a daily moisturizer—let alone an all-out face oil—was terrifying to my uneducated brain. My motto was pretty much “Don’t touch it!!”
In the last few years, however, I’ve become acquainted with a little concept called clean beauty and rose hydrosol and 100 percent argan oil have become my new best friends. I’ve been able to slowly decrease applications of the aforementioned medical lotion, as my new skincare regimen keeps my overactive sebum production in check. For the most part. Flare ups still happen. That’s where CBD comes in.
As you can imagine, working at Miss Grass has meant CBD has infused itself into almost all aspects of my life. But only now, having been enabled by our ecommerce manager, have I tried incorporating a high-strength CBD oil into my daily skincare regimen. And not just any CBD oil.
I’m talking about the luxe leaders of CBD and skin, Lord Jones. I’m talking about their most potent product yet; their Royal Oil. I set myself the task of using it every day—as a facial oil and as a tincture—and this (not to be dramatic) is my story.
Like everything related to cannabis, some initial research into the efficacy of CBD as a treatment for skin buggers like dermatitis as yielded promising results, but there’s not enough studies at this point to know why, when, and how it all works. Generally speaking, managing skin issues via the endocannabinoid system (ECS) makes sense.
After all, the skin that covers our bods has a functioning ECS going on, right there. Which makes sense, given the skin’s role in maintaining homeostasis and acting as the vanguard of the human body in fighting off injury and infection.
The superstar endocannabinoid receptors, CB1 and CB2, are present in practically all cell types of the skin, too. These guys help prevent inflammation, and with some help from CBD, they have the potential to do a lot more. One study from Nottingham University points to the potential for CBD to play a role in the slowing down of the proliferation of skin cells linked to skin like mine. Another 2014 study published in the journal of the American Society for Clinical Investigation proposed that CBD also slows down the secretion of sebum a.k.a. literally the cause of seborrheic dermatitis.
Having researched the above, and with all signs pointing to promising, I set about covering my face in CBD oil at any opportunity. And at 1000mg of CBD per 30ml bottle of Royal Oil, that was a lot of CBD.
My (New) Royal Regimen
The potency of Royal Oil is what it’s known for, as you can imagine. Each full dropper contains about 40ml of CBD. Normally, that’d be enough to get a lightweight with no prior CBD experience a little fuzzy-headed. But Lord Jones products contain broad spectrum CBD; they contain all the natural cannabinoids and terpenes, minus the trace amounts of psychoactive THC. So even if you drank the whole bottle (please don’t) you wouldn’t be a trace high.
But back to my skin. It responds much better to all-natural ingredients, it turns out. And for skin care purists, you’ll be pleased to know that Royal Oil contains two essential ingredients; broad spectrum CBD suspended in grape seed oil. No flavorings, colors, or additives—just a subtle, gorgeous cannabis scent.
Having stalked the Sephora reviews for Royal Oil to compare my experience, it seems that some people have found applying ample amounts of grape seed oil to their face causes them to break out. Not to brag, but I’m not one of those people. It’s been almost two weeks and I have the same amount of pimples I always do. Which is average. If anything, that amount’s dropped slightly—no small feat considering my experimentation overlapped with the onset of my period.
How’s the dermatitis, you ask? Zero flare ups. At one point about a week ago, I found I was developing some related dryness on my neck. I slapped it with Royal Oil each night before bed (the only time face oils should be applied, by the way) and after three or four nights? It calmed all the way down to non-existent status. And considering that means it went all the way from red and scaly, to straight up my-skin-color and smooth, that’s kind of a big deal.
But my favorite part of using Royal Oil is the ritual of a multipurpose CBD oil with such potency. In the mornings, I would drop some into my AM beverage (a protein drink, most days) and at night, I would put a dropper’s worth under my tongue and another on my face after cleansing and hydrosol spritzing. Then I would jade roll that shit right into my epidermis with all the tenderness and self-love I could muster.
Yes, I’m describing all of this in past tense, but believe me: I’ll be doing this exact same thing with this exact product for the rest of my life. At least while I have a Miss Grass staff discount code. Because at $100 a pop, it’s an investment for sure. But hey, this is your largest organ we’re talking about.
Seborrheic dermatitis and CBD oil
Marusa has been struggling with seborrheic dermatitis ever since she was a teenager. She recently sent us this message.
“My experience in a nutshell: a bit over a year ago, seborrheic dermatitis started presenting itself on my scalp. My scalp was unbearably itchy and got greasy really fast and in certain areas, patches of what seemed like hardened greasy dandruff formed. I also started losing more hair in those areas. I almost gave up on searching for the best natural products that could help this condition, until I came across hemp shampoo. After about three months of using this product, the itchiness disappeared almost completely, and my hair only starts getting greasy after about 3 days. The hardened dandruff patches are shrinking, and dandruff itself is not as greasy and is removed much easier. I wholeheartedly recommend the shampoo to anyone dealing with similar issues.”
Seborrheic dermatitis is a relatively common and chronic inflammatory skin disease that mostly affects the skin of the face and scalp. It can also present itself in other areas of the body, typically in places with the highest concentration of sebaceous glands. It most commonly presents itself as scaly skin on and next to the scalp (the scales can be yellow, white or grey in colour) or red and oily skin that is prone to peeling, is itchy and irritated. Its main cause is an increased secretion of tallow from the sebaceous glands.
The exact cause of seborrheic dermatitis in not known, but it can usually be contributed to a combination of different factors.
- A genetically conditioned tendency to an increased secretion of tallow from the sebaceous glands
- An increased presence of the Malassezia fungus that reproduces on oily skin and causes micro-inflammation
- Stress and fatigue
- Hormonal changes
- Poor nutrition and alcohol
- An impaired immune system
Symptoms – How to recognize seborrheic dermatitis
- In infants, seborrheic dermatitis is another term for a condition known to young mothers as cradle cap, a skin problem that can clear up by itself within a few months
- In adults it usually presents itself as scaly skin on the scalp and surrounding areas, but can also manifest behind the ears and in skin folds (elbows, knees, under the breast area)
- Itchy, red, oily and irritated skin can also be caused by seborrheic dermatitis
Treatment and relieving the symptoms
Seborrheic dermatitis can clear up spontaneously and without any treatment. However, it is often a chronic issue that manifests itself in intervals of outbreaks and remissions. Seborrheic dermatitis is a chronic condition that can, to a certain extent, be controlled with the correct approach.
A few suggestions on how outbreaks of seborrheic dermatitis can be relieved naturally:
- Avoid fatty and processed foods and enjoy foods that are rich in antioxidants
- In winter maintain a constant level of moisture in the air, using humidifiers to do so indoors
- Avoid stress and try relaxation techniques such as yoga, meditation, and regular physical activity
- Spend as much time as possible outdoors, in the fresh air and sun (with adequate protection)
- Make sure to get plenty of sleep
How does CBD oil help relieve problems with seborrheic dermatitis?
Seborrheic dermatitis occurs as a result of excessive secretion of tallow from the sebaceous glands and because of excessive reproduction of skin cells caused by the fungus Malassezia. Clinical studies have shown that the CBD molecule reduces the secretion of tallow from the sebaceous glands and inhibits the rapid reproduction of sebocytes, cells that make up the sebaceous glands.
Natural care of affected areas
Choosing the right shampoo
Regular scalp hygiene is important in controlling seborrheic dermatitis and it should not contain aggressive shampoos and soaps, as their use may worsen the condition further. Here we will refer to Marusa’s message about how using Hemptouch Gentle Hydrolate Shampoo almost completely relieved her outbreaks of seborrheic dermatitis. This shampoo is a natural product that doesn’t contain foaming agents, irritants, SLS or silicones. The shampoo is also rich in omega 3, 6 and 9 fatty acids and contains oils of bergamot, muscat sage, blue chamomile and soothing hemp hydrolate. Finding a product that will not disturb the balance of your natural microflora is key when choosing a shampoo, as it is essential in the fight against Malassezia fungi.
This ultra-gentle hemp shampoo has a delicate cleansing base of plant origin that soothes the scalp, invigorates and balances. Daily care for all hair types. Also suitable for children. Has a soothing effect on sensitive, irritated, oily and scaly scalps. A soap-free cleanser that doesn’t disturb the skin’s natural balance. Ingredients:Hemp Hydrolate has calming and cleansing properties. Hemp seed oil omegas 3, 6 & 9 support moisture balance and help maintain the optimum pH of delicate skin. Clary sage, chamomile & bergamot soothe itching, calm irritated skin and strengthen the hair.
Applying CBD balm directly to seborrheic dermatitis affected body regions
Therapeutic CBD Skin Balm is rich in CBD oil and is based on shea and mango butter. The balm targets areas of the skin where excessive secretion of tallow and rapid cell division occurs. There are no limitations to how much of the ointment you can apply, as it is a completely natural product.
Concentrated CBD treatment balm tackles the toughest symptoms of atopic skin, alleviates skin reactions and soothes eczema flare-ups. Reach for it when skin needs fast-acting help for inflamed, reddened and itchy conditions. It provides intense relief and unique nourishing care. Ingredients:High concentration of CBD extract is a powerful anti-inflammatory and skin-soothing properties. Hemp seed oil, rich in essential fatty acids omega 3 & 6, Vitamin E and minerals – the building blocks of healthy skin. Calendula, shea and mango butter soothe and nurture.
Something that actually helps .
“At last, I’ve found something that actually helps .
Great texture, lovely smell, absorbs easily and really helps the irritated and flaky atopic skin on my arms hands and face.
Can not recommend it enough.” – Denis
Consuming CBD oil
CBD oil is becoming increasingly popular in combating various types of skin and other health issues. Since CBD oil is primarily intended for consumption (placing a few drops under the tongue is the most effective application), they can affect the entire body “from within” and help strengthen the immune system, which is extremely important in seborrheic dermatitis.
Our Choice for Most Effective Psoriasis treatment:
Therapeutic CBD Skin Balm
Relieves, protects and revitalises acutely irritated skin.
“Keeps psoriasis spots under control. . I’m fighting with my psoriasis for about 40 years now. It was CBD oil and skin balm that helped me keep it under control. Many thanks. ” – Robert W.
“It really helps the irritated and flaky atopic skin on my arms, hands and face.” – Cheryl
Our Choice for Treatment of Seborrheic Dermatitis:
Gentle Hydrolate Shampoo
Gently cleanses, balances and soothes sensitive scalp and hair.
“Reduced itching and flaking significantly after a week or so. Only thing I’ve found that does not irritate my scalp. Will purchase again.” – Michael
“Noticed a difference in my scalp health and the shine on my hair. Great product and reasonably priced. Fantastic!” – Mia D.
Our Choice for Clean and Refreshed Complexion:
My Balance Skin Clarifying Duo
A facial cleansing gel and a balancing face cream.
“My itchy, irritated, flaky, over-treated skin has calmed down so much since using this. Great ingredients and wonderful customer service as a bonus. I’m genuinely so happy I found these products!” – Aimée J.
“The cleanser easily gets makeup off cleansing the skin to feel refreshed and ready for moisturizer. The moisturizer does an exceptional job at making the skin feel hydrated without being oily. I have also seen my hormonal acne minimized which is a bonus since hormonal acne is from the inside out.” – Nikki E.