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  • August 19, 2022 5 min read

    Who Should Use CBD Face Toner?

    CBD toners are for those with oily, dry, itchy, or acne-prone skin. But this doesn't mean that the rest can't use CBD toner. If you are also looking for that extra cleans, you might want to include this in your daily skincare routine.

    CBD is becoming a popular ingredient in many products, often to do with hair and skin care products. With all the beneficial values tied to CBD, it's hard not to stumble upon a CBD-infused skincare product. Toners are also not left behind in the race to improve beauty products with CBD based on the potential positive effects on the skin. However, some concerns may be raised over these CBD-infused products. One common concern is whether CBD fits all skin tones and who should use it. Here are all the right answers to your questions.

    What is CBD?

    CBD is short for Cannabidiol which is one of the major components of the hemp plant. CBD is harnessed from the stalks and stem of the hemp or cannabis plant in powder form. Stella et al. (2021) noted that this powder is mixed with oil like olive or coconut to improve application and effectiveness. The mention of extraction from hemp may raise some concerns over its safety. However, there is no cause for alarm as you can't get high off CBD because it doesn't contain the psychoactive properties of marijuana's tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). The stalks and stems of the hemp plant, which CBD is extracted from, have very low levels of THC content, in fact so insignificant that they cannot show in a drug test.

    Differences between Hemp, CBD, and THC

    While shopping for CBD skincare products, you may encounter products labeled as 'containing CBD' or 'containing hemp' or 'no THC content. Getting around these strange terms may be a little stressful, especially if you have not done some homework on these products. Remember that hemp and CBD are different, and here is why.

    Happyana et al. (2013) argued that cannabidiol (CBD) is one of many compounds extracted from the stalk and stem of the hemp plant. CBD is extracted in powder form and combined with other substances to make CBD oil. Depending on the method of extraction of CBD and the compounds of hemp present will give rise to three different strains, namely, full-spectrum, broad-spectrum, and CBD isolates.

    Hemp seed oil is also an extract of the hemp plant but, in this case, harnessed from the hemp or cannabis plant seeds that are cold-pressed to produce the oil. This oil, in most cases, is not refined. Hemp seed oil is clear green and can have a nutty flavor.

    Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the psychoactive compound in hemp, cannabis, and marijuana that is responsible for causing a ‘high’ in users, especially those who smoke marijuana. The concentration of THC will differ in marijuana and hemp; hemp has a lower concentration of CBD than marijuana, which is why only CBD harnessed from hemp is federally legal. CBD oil may or may not contain THC depending on the strain

    Who Should Use A CBD Face Toner

    Generally, CBD is one-size-fits-all; anybody can use it regardless of skin tone. However, it can benefit people with acne-prone skin and those with oily skin. The benefits of CBD are based on the fact that CBD is sourced from natural extracts and the nutrients come in handy to improve the skin.

    Those with Oily Skin

    Large pores and a shiny, thicker feeling complexion are noticed on oily skin. This type of skin produces a lot of oil, so skin hydration is not an issue in this case. However, people with oily skin suffer issues dealing with blackheads and pimples. There is also the issue of shine during the day that needs one to wash their face constantly.

    Sebum is the oil produced by the skin, specifically the sebaceous glands in the body's natural oil responsible for coating, moisturizing, and protecting the skin. However, excess sebum, which may result from hormonal imbalances, may lead to acne. CBD toners may come in handy to deal with this to prevent sebocytes from creating too much sebum.

    Those with Dry and Itchy Skin

    Dry and itchy skin may be a result of skin conditions. Black et al. (2019) showed that CBD toner might help combat this as CBD may be useful for treating some common symptoms of these conditions. The anti-inflammatory properties may also be beneficial in reducing potential triggers of eczema, psoriasis, and dermatitis. CBD toner will also relax the skin and reduce irritation; it may also come in handy for people with sensitive skin.

    Those with Acne-Prone Skin

    Acne is a skin condition that brings about pimples on the skin. Acne occurs when the pores become clogged by oil, bacteria, dead skin, and dirt. Toner, which contains CBD, also carries its properties, including anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and antibacterial properties. Anti-inflammatory properties combat inflammation which may bring red, swollen, painful blemishes to the skin. In the case where pores are clogged, they become infected with bacteria, these form pimples. According to Shelton et al. (2011), the antibacterial properties of CBD protect the skin from bacterial infection.

    Benefits of CBD Face Toner

    Shrinks skin pores – Applying little amounts of CBD toner on a cotton pad or ball and then gently blotting and wiping the face will remove excess oil and give you an appearance of smaller pores.

    Balances the skin’s pH – The skin is naturally acidic, and some skin care products such as cleansers and moisturizers may be alkaline. This can lead to the skin's pH getting out of proportion. The skin then needs some time to return to its normal. CBD to0ner may help with this by also acting as a catalyst to restore the balance quickly.

    Adds a layer of protection – CBD toner will close pores and tighten cell gaps after cleansing to reduce the penetration of impurities and environmental contaminants on the skin. This toner also protects the skin from chlorine and minerals present in tap water.

    Moisturizing – CBD toner also goes a long way to help bind the skin moisture and keep the skin hydrated.

    Refreshes the skin – CBD toner can also be used as a face wash when the skin is oily or dirty. This will leave the skin freshened up all day.


    When it comes to CBD, there is no specific umbrella under which a few people fall. It's all a matter of preference and what one is looking for. However, it may benefit those with oily, dry, itchy, or acne-prone skin. Otherwise, CBD may come in handy if added to your regular skincare routine, as CBDF presents a variety of benefits.


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