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CBD Acne Products: Why and How to Use CBD for Acne


Acne. The scourge of the skin. As one of the most common skin conditions, affecting 95% of people aged 11 to 30 in the UK during at least one period of their lives, its hard to believe that we haven’t found a complete cure. But with the introduction of CBD skincare into the health and wellness market, more and more people in the UK are realising the benefits of cannabidiol for a variety of skin conditions. In this article we’ll take a look at the 5 ways CBD acne products can help to reduce acne, as well as how to use CBD for acne to get the best results.


1. CBD acne products help to reduce sebum 

One of the main triggers of acne is the excess production of sebum, a type of oil produced within the sebaceous glands. And whilst this stops your skin from drying out, sometimes the glands can become overactive. In this case, the sebum clings to dead skin cells, plugging up pores and follicles to cause the dreaded acne outbreak.

However, a recent study by the University of Lübeck, Helsinki found that “Cbd behaves as a highly effective sebostatic agent.” This means that CBD is able to actually reduce the amount of sebum produced by the sebaceous glands. The study also found that topically applied CBD acne products were actually absorbed by the sebaceous glands – which allows CBD skincare products to get to the root of the problem without having to be ingested.


2. CBD balances moisture in the skin 

One of the negative side effects of anti acne medications is that they can often dry out the skin, leading to itching, cracking and tightness. One of the most common anti-acne medications, benzoyl peroxide, contains chemicals which can dry and crack the skin. In fact, users of both over the counter and prescription anti-acne solutions are continually inundating advice columns and beauty gurus for advice on skin moisture.

However the beauty of cbd is that whilst it helps to reduce oily sebum, it also acts as a gentle moisturiser. Another recent study found that CBD “contributes to the development of dryness-accompanied skin diseases” due to the way it affects the body’s inflammatory response. So, using a cbd acne products will also help to keep your skin feeling supple and soft – as well as helping to reduce acne. 

In fact, one of the members of our ULU community recently trialled our CBD body oil for dry skin with amazing results! You can read about that here!


A girl using ULU CBD creme face product and rubbing some onto her skin


3. CBD is a powerful natural anti-inflammatory 

Acne can leave the skin red, swollen and inflamed. And everyone who’s experienced acne knows the frustration of facial redness and swelling, especially during an outbreak.

However CBD is actually a powerful anti-inflammatory agent. CBD works by binding to receptors of your Endocannabinoid System – a complex cel signalling system within our bodies responsible for regulating a number of processes including sleep, memory, appetite – and most importantly for acne, inflammation. 

CBD helps the ECS to function properly. And when you take CBD, your ECS prompts your body to suppress the release of pro-inflammatory cytokines and chemokines. This essentially means that inflammatory response is regulated and reduced – leading to clear, even skin.


4. CBD acne products can help to reduce acne scars

Acne can cause significant facial damage – and not only during an outbreak! Chronic acne sufferers may also have to deal with prominent facial scarring once the pimples have subsided.

A study published by La Clinica Terapeutica recently found that CBD is able to help reduce facial scarring. During this study, participants trialled a topical cbd applied to their scars over a period of three months. And it was found that CBD was able to significantly reduce the appearance of scarring by improving skin elasticity and boosting hydration within the skin. 

And although this experiment focused on scars from psoriasis and dermatitis, the results are still promising for those with scarring from acne. 


5. No nasty side-effects 

Another reason why cbd can provide effective support for acne sufferers is that (discounting an allergic reaction) there are currently no known side effects of topically applied cbd oils or creams. 

We’ve already discussed the skin dryness that can result from using harsh, chemical anti-acne medication. However, the most common side-effects of these medications can range from red, peeling skin, to discolouration, and in the case of antibiotics, even a nasty tummy upset.

However, CBD is a natural, plant-based product. It may work powerfully when taken in substantial doses, however it also works gently. So, there shouldn’t be any nasty side-effects from using a CBD acne cream.


a girl using ULU 2.5 % cbd balm


How to use cbd for acne

So now you understand the benefits of cbd for acne related skin conditions. However, cbd isn’t some kind of magical cure-all. So, you shouldn’t expect to apply a CBD cream or body oil to acne once and miraculously notice results. You’ll need to develop an effective CBD skincare routine to help reduce acne!

So, if you’re wondering how to use CBD for acne, we recommend:


1. Using a high-concentration CBD acne product

Many CBD retailers promote CBD acne creams and skincare products with only minute quantities of cannabidiol. But this will only affect your bank account, not your skin. 

Your skin is a natural barrier that’s difficult to penetrate. So, we’re not confident that any CBD topical cream with less then 1% cannabidiol concentration is going to have any real benefits. And really, the higher the concentration the better. 

That’s why here at ULU, we offer some of the highest concentration CBD acne and skincare products in the UK! 


2. Applying your CBD acne product regularly 

CBD has some amazing benefits. But you won’t notice any difference from using a CBD acne cream or product once. As with any CBD product, acne creams will need to be applied regularly, over a long-term basis to have any effect. 

We recommend applying a high-concentration CBD oil, cream or serum to your skin twice a day. And if you don’t notice any difference after 2-3 weeks, you’ll need to think about buying something with a higher concentration level.


3. Applying your CBD acne cream to clean, dry skin 

CBD can’t work on its own to reduce acne and brighten skin. You’ll need to consider a wider skincare routine to clean, exfoliate and moisturise too. This is because acne is caused by excess oil mixing with dead skin cells, which then plugs up your follicles and pores. So, you’ll need to take care of your skin to prevent this from happening and remove any build-up.

Of course, you can find CBD exfoliators and CBD moisturisers. However if you’re simply using a cbd body oil, you should make sure your skin is exfoliated, cleansed and moisturised before you apply it to receive the most benefits. 


4. Combining your skincare product with other forms of CBD

CBD acne creams and skincare products are great for skin moisture and healing, and they do attach to ECS receptors in the skin to provide wider benefits. But to receive an even greater effect, why not try combining your CBD acne cream with a type of cannabidiol designed to enter the bloodstream? 

CBD vapes and CBD sublingual oils are able to quickly and efficiently enter the bloodstream and combine with internal ECS receptors for improved benefits. Perfect for improving your overall health and wellbeing as well as your skin.


a woman posing with ulu range of CBD skincare and beauty products including CBD cream, balm, serum and oil


Try CBD acne products for yourself

So, now you understand why CBD acne products are so effective, as well as how to use CBD for acne, why not try some out for yourself?

Here at ULU, we’ve made a commitment to nothing less than ultimate quality and purity. We’re a UK business offering some of the highest concentration cannabidiol products on the UK market. We only use hemp grown and cultivated in Europe, and we have our products tested by independent labs to verify 0% THC and no nasty pollutants.

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I Tried CBD Oil For Dry Skin: My 4 Week Skincare Report


Hi, I’m Vicky. I’m a content manager by day and a Cheltenham musician by nights and weekends. Over the last month, I’ve been trialling using CBD oil for dry skin. And I’d love to share everything that happened on my introduction into CBD skincare. 

I’ll give you an introduction to my skincare background as well as some of my research into CBD in skincare. But if you’re not interested in this and just want to skip to the results, click the link below:

Skip to the CBD skincare results!


My skincare history 

Ok, so I have to admit when it comes to skincare I am really lazy. I’m a “wash my face in the shower” kind of person. (Please don’t judge me!) But as someone who suffers with sensitive, dry and often irritated or red skin, my face needs a lot of TLC. This means that I’m often battling with my skincare routine, trying to find a solution that I’m not too lazy to stick to. 

And when it comes to skincare, I’ve tried pretty much every product under the sun. I’ve frequently dropped £300 at a time on expensive brands in a desperate bid to improve my skin; m. And in fact, for the last year my skincare and cosmetic spend sits at an average of around £100 a month. But honestly, I’ve never been able to find a skincare product that suits my skin. I always find that the first week with a new product is great and I start to see some results. But then after 2 weeks or so, my face is back to being cracked and dry. It’s honestly so frustrating! 


CBD skincare products? 

Up until a few months ago, I didn’t even know CBD skincare products existed. I’d heard of and tried a few types of CBD oil designed to be swallowed. In fact, I’ve been swallowing CBD oil for about a year to help with anxiety and stress. But I’d never even thought about using CBD oil for dry skin. 

The first thing I did when I came across ULU’s CBD skincare range was to do some research! As someone who has spent hundreds of pounds on skincare and beauty products over the past few years, I’m happy to spend more for a premium product – but only if I’m confident it’s going to actually have some benefit. So, I wanted to know whether CBD actually had any benefits for skincare and also whether it was suitable for sensitive skin. And I was really pleased and surprised with what I found. 


CBD oil in skincare

Through my research, I found out that CBD oil is actually a powerful, natural anti-inflammatory. This means that CBD body oil is great for reducing redness, swelling and generally helping with any kind of skin irritation. This sounded promising for reducing the redness on my face.

So, next I needed to find out about moisture. I knew that a CBD in oil form would have some moisturising properties because of the oil itself. However, I wanted to know whether CBD actually had any effect on dry skin – otherwise why would I choose it over any skin oil? Well, I actually found out that skin inflammation is a leading cause of dry skin – so if I could stop my skin from becoming inflamed, I might be able to stop the dryness!

In fact, inflammation is the cause of a huge variety of skin issues, including ageing – (yep, really!) And I’m a firm believer that the sooner you start looking after your skin, the better! So, it looks like CBD is a great way to do this.

I also found that many people use CBD in skincare to reduce acne. This is because CBD reduces the amount of acne-causing sebum produced by the skin.


CBD oil for dry skin: the results

The CBD product I’ve chosen to use is the ULU 750mg CBD body oil, as I felt that an oil-based product would be more heavy-duty in terms of moisturising my face. This product is a 1% CBD concentration – which is much higher than other CBD skincare products I’ve seen on the UK market.

I’ll be jotting down my thoughts and taking a photo of my progress on a weekly basis. So, I’m really excited to see what happens!

Week 1


Ok, I’ve been using ULU CBD body oil for 1 week and I really haven’t noticed any difference. As you can see from my week 1 photo, my skin is still really angry and red. Honestly, this is pretty typical for my skin on a day-to-day basis. And I spend a fortune on fancy green concealer to balance out the redness before I put on my foundation.  I’m still holding out hope that this new CBD skincare routine will make a difference, but I’m expecting my skin to react how it normally does to a new product: slightly improved for the 2 weeks or so, and then back to being dry and red after that! But I’m keeping an open mind. So, fingers crossed!


Week 2


Ok, I actually started to notice a difference this week. My face is still very much just as dry as week 1, but the redness has gone down significantly. I’m still getting a lot of redness around my nose and on the cheeks, but it doesn’t look nearly as angry as it did at the end of week 1. The main thing I’m impressed by right now is the smell of the product. I’m not a huge fan of the taste of CBD oil, so I was slightly worried that the CBD body oil would smell grassy or earthy. But it smells like lavender and citrus, and I can smell it on my face throughout the day.

I’m definitely hopeful to see what happens with another week of using CBD oil for dry skin. However, I am wary of the fact that my skin normally responds well to a new product for the first few weeks and then takes a nosedive once it has adjusted to the new product. Only time will tell!


Week 3


I am so, so pleased with my progress this week! Some better lighting definitely went into taking this photo, so I can’t give all the credit to the CBD body oil, but my dryness has definitely started to subside quite a bit! Around my nose is always a problem area when it comes to dry skin, and this hasn’t really changed yet. But all of the small, itchy dry patches I normally have around my jaw and on my chin are nearly completely gone. And I’ve definitely noticed more improvement on skin redness as well.

This is normally about the time when my skin returns to its normal angry, dry self after using a new product. So, we’ll see what happens over the next week or so. But if by next week I’m still noticing an improvement, this ULU body oil will become a regular part of my skincare routine!


Week 4


Once again, this photo is very well lit (and obviously it’s the other side of my face) but at this point you can consider me a CBD skincare convert. My face still has a long way to go in terms of dryness, as there are still some dry, itchy patches around my nose. But the dry patches on my cheeks, chin and jawline have cleared up completely. And there’s really barely any redness on my face now at all.

Honestly, this week I had a few different people ask me where I got my new makeup – and I wasn’t even wearing any. (It really does look like I’m wearing makeup in this photo, but I promise it’s completely makeup free and unedited.) So, I can conclusively say that using ULU CBD oil for dry skin has worked for me! I’m off to buy 10 bottles in case it goes out of stock!


My CBD skincare journey

I’m now writing this article 6 weeks after starting my CBD skincare journey with ULU CBD body oil. And honestly, I’m still so pleased with the results. My skin hasn’t improved much more since my week 4 photo, but for the first time ever, it hasn’t relapsed into being dry and red again. I’ve also cut my monthly skincare budget by more than half since using this body oil. Now, instead of the various creams, oils and goops I used to buy on a monthly basis, I now use a simple cleanser, an exfoliator and this body oil.

I whole-heartedly recommend considering introducing CBD into your skincare routine, and using CBD oil for dry skin!


For more content from Vicky, read her recent mental health blog, ‘Laughing My Way Through Anxiety.’

CBD Skincare: 6 Reasons To Start Using CBD Balms

CBD is one of the fastest growing trends within the UK health industry. And one of the most recent facets of this trend has been the introduction of CBD skincare products. But with so many different retailers claiming different uses benefits, it can be hard to cut through the nonsense and find the truth. Here at ULU, we want you to stay safe and informed when buying any CBD product – especially online. So, here’s an introduction to CBD balms, their benefits for the skin, and some information from some of the most recent scientific studies about CBD skincare.


What are CBD balms?

CBD balm includes any kind of creams, topicals or salves that contain the naturally occurring chemical compound, CBD. And of course, CBD stands for cannabidiol. It’s a naturally occurring chemical compound found in the stems and leaves of the hemp plant. It’s also completely legal in the UK as long as it doesn’t contain any THC (the psychoactive chemical in marijuana that causes a high.)


Where can CBD balms be used?

The sky is the limit when it comes to using CBD balm! You can really use it on any part of your skin – although make sure to avoid broken or extremely sensitive areas.

And if you’re wondering why on earth you would put CBD onto your skin, here are 6 great uses for CBD balms to inspire you to consider a CBD skincare routine!


a girl using ULU 2.5 % cbd oil balm


One of the main reasons that CBD balms (and CBD skincare products in general) are so useful is because of CBD’s powerful anti-inflammatory properties. This means that CBD balms are great for reducing redness and swelling not just on the face but all over the body.

Of course, many people treat inflammation with non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and steroid medications. However, both of these can cause unwanted side-effects, whilst this very rarely happens with CBD. (Honestly, the risk of side-effects from CBD is virtually non-existent.)



Itchy or irritated skin can be a nightmare – especially when this occurs on the face. And we’ve all suffered with itchy skin at some point – whether from an allergic reaction, or from an annoying bug bite after a trip to the beach.

Well, a recent immunology study published by PubMed Central found overwhelming evidence that CBD contains natural anti-itch properties. This study also found that using CBD oil in skincare was able to rival some leading medical anti-pruritic (anti-itch) medications and creams.



Using CBD oil in skincare balms is a great way to moisturise dry skin. It has also been linked to reduction in dry skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis.

CBD is also a great way to reduce side effects of dry skin, such as swelling and itching. But crucially, it regulates oil build-up, causing your skin to feel soft and moisturised, without becoming too oily.



As CBD is a natural, plant-based chemical compound, it also has anti-oxidant properties. Therefore using a CBD balm helps to counteract free-radical damage and reduce oxidative stress – helping your skin to maintain its natural, youthful glow for longer.

Wrinkles are also always more prominent when the skin is dry. So, using a moisturising CBD balm will help reduce the appearance of signs of ageing.




5.Pain relief

Your CBD skincare routine doesn’t have to end with the face. You could be using CBD balm more widely across your body, especially if chronic pain is something that you suffer with!

A study from the European Journal of Pain showed that applying CBD to the skin can help reduce pain – especially from arthritis, scleroderma and other types of neuropathic conditions.

In fact, here at ULU, we recently interviewed Tom Corbett, an avid cyclist who uses CBD for muscle soreness caused by cycling.


6.Acne Reduction 

Acne is one of the most common skin conditions, affecting millions worldwide. And it’s caused by an over-production of sebum (oil).

We’ve already mentioned that CBD is a powerful anti-inflammatory. Therefore, it can be great for reducing redness and swelling that comes with acne. However, research also shows that CBD has the potential to decrease excess sebum production within the skin. This makes it great for maintaining healthy oil levels within skincare, as well as maintaining the balance necessary for clear, healthy skin.


Why do CBD balms work so well?

You’re probably thinking ‘That all sounds too good to be true! How can CBD have so many different benefits?’ Well, let’s take a look at some of the science behind CBD balms and CBD skincare.

CBD is able to have so many widespread benefits because of how it reacts with the Endocannabinoid System (ECS.) The ECS is a complex cell-signalling system naturally found within our bodies. It plays a crucial role in homeostasis – keeping our bodies within strict parameters that allow us to function properly. Therefore it also plays a role in regulating things like sleep, immune system, memory, fertility and mood. CBD (and other types of cannabinoids, including the body’s own naturally-produced cannabinoids) essentially act like a boost to the ECS, providing a natural ‘power-up.’

The ECS also plays an important role within the skin through a process called cutaneous cannabinoid signalling. This essentially allows the ECS to ‘communicate with’ the skin, passing on cannabinoids such as CBD, and allowing them to have a wide variety of skincare benefits.

According to a study from the Department of Immunology at the University of Debrecen:

“cutaneous cannabinoid cannabinoid signaling is deeply involved in the maintenance of skin homeostasis, barrier formation and regeneration, and its dysregulation was implicated to contribute to several highly prevalent diseases and disorders, e.g., atopic dermatitis, psoriasis, scleroderma, acne, hair growth and pigmentation disorders, keratin diseases, various tumors, and itch.”




What about hempseed balms?

We’re constantly clearing up this mix-up because we come across a lot of people who think hempseed and CBD products are the same – not to mention a lot of retailers who aren’t very clear about the fact that there’s a difference between the two!

Hempseed balms (and all hempseed products) do not contain CBD. This is because you won’t naturally find any CBD in hemp seeds. Therefore hempseed balms are not classed as CBD products unless CBD has been added during the manufacturing process. This is also the case for products advertised as ‘hemp products’ or ‘hemp oil’ products. These are also both derived from hempseeds and do not naturally contain CBD.

So, always remember to check the ingredients list carefully – If you don’t see ‘CBD’ listed as one of the ingredients, and can’t find a clear concentration level, then you can’t be confident that the product actually contains CBD.


What should I look out for when buying CBD balms?

In addition to carefully checking the product ingredients to make sure you’re buying a CBD product, there are a few other things you should look out for.

  • The skin forms a protective barrier which is difficult to penetrate easily. Therefore, you’ll need to use a CBD skincare product with a high CBD concentration to allow your skin to absorb the cannabidiol. Otherwise, you might not notice any benefits. Always make sure to choose a skincare product with a CBD concentration of 1% or higher.
  • There are a lot of retailers out there selling dubious CBD skincare products. So, you should only ever purchase from a company that you trust. Read our article for red flags you should look out for when buying CBD.
  • You should also carefully read the other ingredients within the product to make sure you’re not allergic to anything.

Happy CBD shopping!


For more information about how to buy CBD online safely and legally, check out our handy ULU guide.

We’ve also written an article with more information about the types, uses and benefits of CBD in the UK.





Common Questions About CBD Skincare Products Answered!

We all know that the CBD industry is relatively new! And whilst the average UK consumer is just starting to become familiar with CBD oils, CBD skincare is still a bit of a mystery. So, today we’re answering some of the most common questions about CBD skincare products.


1. Do CBD skincare products actually work?

Short answer: Definitely, they do! But see long the answer below.

Long answer: With inflammation at the root of almost everything – from chronic pain to ageing – CBD extracts and oils can ease aches, soothe stress and prolong your skin’s health. But it really depends on the problem you’re trying to solve. CBD skincare products do work on a wide variety of skincare issues, but CBD is not a ‘cure-all.’ A better question might be:


2. What do CBD skincare products help with?

Short answer: inflammation, redness, signs of stress and ageing, acne, eczema, and cell-renewal.

Long answer: Studies have shown that CBD can have powerful anti-inflammatory effects.  And inflammation affects more than just redness or swelling of the skin – it also plays a role in skin dryness, acne and signs of ageing. Therefore, using CBD oil in skincare is a clever and natural way to help with all of these issues. And of course, when CBD is combined with other essential skincare ingredients, such as natural herbs and extracts, omega oils and vitamins, the overall product will have an ‘entourage effect’ – allowing your skin to benefit from the combined overall effect of premium ingredients.


3. Are CBD beauty and skincare products legal?

Short answer: Absolutely!

Long answer: In the UK, any product containing CBD is completely legal – as long as it contains less than 0.2% THC (the chemical compound found in marijuana that gets you ‘high’.) So, as long as you’re not buying a product that contains THC, then this is legal.


4. Do they work better than ordinary cosmetics?

Short answer: Well, it depends!

Long answer: Once again, this depends on what problem you’re trying to solve. However, if you’re looking to achieve rejuvenated, restored skin and maintain a youthful glow, then yes! CBD skincare products will work better than ordinary ones. This is because, as we’ve already mentioned, CBD works to reduce inflammation, signs of ageing, and helps to stimulate skin cell renewal. And when combined with premium ingredients, you’ll receive all of the benefits of an ordinary skincare or beauty product, with an added boost from CBD.


applying CBD skincare products onto the hand


5. Is there anything I should look out for?

Short answer: A trustworthy company, high CBD-concentration, 0% THC.

Long answer: When looking for CBD skincare products, you want to make sure you’re buying from a trustworthy company! There are a lot of CBD retailers out there. And many of these retailers have been criticised for spreading misinformation about their CBD products. So, make sure to check the ingredients, as well as making sure that you’re not buying something that contains THC. You’ll also want to make sure that you’re buying a product with a high-concentration of CBD to actually receive any benefits. We recommend never buying a skincare or beauty product with less than 1% CBD concentration.


6. What about hemp oil beauty products?

Short answer: Hemp oil skincare and beauty products do not contain any CBD!

Long answer: It seems the CBD world is a bit of a terminological minefield! So, let us explain! CBD oil comes from the leaves, stems and flowers of the hemp plant. However, hemp oil comes from the seeds of the plant – which do not contain CBD. So, if you’re buying a product that advertises ‘hemp oil’ this will not naturally have any cannabidiol in it. Of course, hemp oil can still have some benefits for your skin and hair, however you won’t get all of the benefits that come from CBD unless you buy a product that specifically advertises it as such. So, always remember to check the exact ingredients!


7. Are there any side-effects?

Short answer: No! Using CBD oil in skincare usually does not have negative side-effects.

long answer: As with any skincare or beauty product, there is a very small risk of an allergic or adverse reaction to any of the ingredients included. However, this risk is very low. The overwhelming majority of people who use CBD skincare products have not reported any unpleasant side-effects. To avoid any unwanted surprises, always test any skincare or beauty products you buy on a small patch of skin first!


8. What types of CBD skincare products can I buy?

Short answer: CBD balms, creams, serums, exfoliants and body oils!

Long answer: Using CBD oil in skincare has become more and more common – with the global value of the CBD skincare market currently sitting at a massive  $234.1 million. This means that there are almost as many CBD skincare products on the market as there are ordinary skincare ones. These include CBD balms, exfoliants, serums, creams and body oils among many others!


Happy CBD shopping!

As always, it’s important to stay informed when buying any kind of CBD product. So, you should always make sure to do your research:

  • Think about the skincare issue you’re trying to solve and make sure that it’s something that can be helped by CBD.
  • Make sure to research the other ingredients in the product to understand their benefits
  • Always research the company you’re purchasing from. Read reviews online and check that the company are willing to give product information freely. (At ULU, we have our products independently lab-tested so you can be confident of their purity and quality.)
  • Always make sure the product you’re buying contains 0% THC.
  • Be wary of lower-concentration products – yes, they’re often cheaper, but anything with less than 1% CBD concentration probably isn’t going to have many benefits.

For more content related to CBD beauty products, read our article on CBD lip balm!

And for more information about buying CBD, check out our CBD buyers’ guide.