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The dangers of sun exposure and how cannabidiol can help

While an excellent source of vitamin D, the sun can cause plenty of damage to the skin. The damage may occur quickly or slowly depending on factors including skin care, protection, climate, and age. Because of that, it is necessary to take precautions whenever you venture outdoors. 

As an antioxidant, analgesic, and anti-inflammatory agent, using CBD oil for sun damage promises protection and relief from damage. There are numerous ways to use the cannabinoid, including exfoliation, as a moisturizer, or as an ingestible.

When ingested, CBD oil interacts with the endocannabinoid system to relieve stress, and it may improve immune function, benefiting the skin.

In short, skin protection from sun damage requires a holistic approach centered on proper skin care. 

How does the sun damage skin, and how do you use cannabidiol, a non-psychoactive extract of hemp or cannabis, to prevent or reverse sun damage? 

Below is everything you need to know. 

  • Compared to other oils, CBD oil is thinner and thus creates little to no risk of clogging. If you have oily skin, you may dilute CBD in water (CBD is water soluble). 
  • Use CBD oil and retinol to shrink pores, smoothen rough skin, and get rid of sun damage. 
  • Retinol may irritate the skin. Recommend using it with CBD oil if you have sensitive skin or to repair and prevent damage. Other options include azelaic acid, niacinamide, and vitamin C.
  • Avoid the midday sun. The best time to sunbathe is before eleven am and after four pm. 

How can the sun’s UV ray damage skin?

Over-exposure to the sun can have short-term and long-term consequences. The short-term consequences include sunburns, irritation, redness, and pain. 

UV rays from the sun can cause long-term damage to the skin by triggering changes in DNA at the cellular level. The effects can take days, months, or even years to become noticeable because the damage occurs in the deeper levels of the skin. 

Do you feel like your skin has aged faster than your peers?

UV damage will cause symptoms including broken capillaries, wrinkles, uneven skin, and sun spots. Tanning beds can hasten damage -making it advisable to source vitamin D and tanning needs from the sun. 

What does sun-damaged skin look like?

For many, sun damage begins during the teen years. UV damage is permanent, and it will cause symptoms including:

  • Sun wrinkles are reversible, but there is no guarantee of ridding yourself of them completely. A combination of retinoids, CBD sugar scrubs, and proper skin care habits can improve appearance. 
  • Pigmentation. Sunspots and dark or brown patches may appear on the skin.
  • Actinic keratosis -referring to scaly patches affecting individuals mostly above 40, can be precursors to skin cancer. If you develop this condition, see more information here, consult a dermatologist. You may use CBD oil and exfoliators to complement treatment. 
  • Inelasticity. Sun damage can make skin inelastic, increasing the risk of damage and infection. You may exfoliate damaged skin and maintain elasticity through moisturization and CBD massages.
  • Redness, irritation, and redness. 

 Some treatments can reverse, prevent further damage, or reduce the signs of damage. 

How the sun damages the face and head, and what CBD oil can do.

Freckles, melasma, actinic keratosis, and age spots are examples of sun damage that affects the head and face.

 You may get age spots from the sun or tanning beds. The spots are usually brown, flat, and harmless, meaning treatment is about aesthetics. 

On the nose, forehead, cheeks, chin, and upper lips, one may develop melasma -referring to abnormal, darkened, or discolored patches.  If you have melasma, your face, head, and other sun-exposed body parts require extra protection as UV rays may exacerbate the condition. 

Freckles are harmless but can be treated through exfoliation, topical creams, and laser resurfacing.

Is it good to put CBD oil on your face if you have sun damage?

According to medical studies, CBD can help treat dry facial skin and multiple inflammatory conditions. Additionally, treatments for some conditions above, including actinic keratosis -damage skin, creating the risk of scarring, skin damage, and keloids.

CBD can help prevent and minimize inflammatory conditions, including keloids and scarring. 

CBD oil for face and head: what to remember.

  • Compared to other oils, CBD creates little risk of clogging. 
  • Massaging CBD oil into facial muscles improves circulation, nutrient distribution, and skin health. 
  • As an antioxidant, CBD helps the body prevent free radical damage. 

CBD sugar scrubs: Should you exfoliate sun-damaged skin?

Exfoliation is a natural part of the body’s “health cycle.” Each month you shed damaged skin. But as you get older, the body requires help.

A gentle exfoliant such as CBD sugar scrub promises benefits including:

  • Better product or medicine penetration. 
  • Removal of dirt, debris, and damaged skin, reducing the risk of infection and inflammation. 
  • CBD can help relax muscles and skin, benefiting tight skin caused by sun damage. 

How can I reverse my sun-damaged skin using CBD?

According to dermatologists, you may reverse or prevent sun damage on the face by doing the following:

Exfoliate regularly

Depending on skin type, you may exfoliate at least two to three times a week. If you have oily or combination skin, you may exfoliate every other day, to prevent accumulation of sebum, dirt, and debris on skin. 

Use retinol and CBD to spot-treat lesions

When used as instructed by the manufacturer or dermatologist, retinol is unlikely to cause skin damage. We recommend starting with low-strength versions. 

Why use CBD with retinol?

Retinol can cause irritation, dry skin, flaking, redness, and if overused, skin cancer. Because of that, it is necessary to avoid over-reliance. The benefits of using CBD oil and retinoids include:

  • CBD reverses the damage done by retinoids. 
  • CBD can treat and prevent rosacea and other inflammatory conditions caused by retinoids. 
  • A combination of CBD and retinoids can lessen the appearance or prevent the development of wrinkles and sun damage.
  • CBD reduces sensitivity caused by retinoids, according to a study published in the Aesthetic Surgery Journal.   

CBD and retinol for the skin, what the research says.

According to the cited study’s conclusion, quote:

CR (cannabidiol/retinol)-Topical is effective at improving global skin quality, including static and dynamic wrinkles. This study also used 4-dimensional analysis in the evaluation, a novel and developing method.”

The study’s results suggest that:

  • Cannabidiol and retinol can reduce the appearance of pores, improve skin texture, reduce static and dynamic, and quote “Patient satisfaction (100%) and willingness to recommend the product to others (90%) were high, and tolerability of CR-Topical was excellent.”

How do you get rid of sun damage on your body?

The skin on your face is thinner, compared to body skin which contains a thicker layer of fat. Consequently, the skin on your body can take more sun damage compared to facial skin. 

However, it is necessary to protect the facial and body skin. 

The basic requirements for skin care are:

  • Cleanse and exfoliate skin regularly. 
  • Hydrate and moisturize.
  • Consult a dermatologist whenever you notice changes in skin health, especially if you are above forty and live in hot areas. 

When exfoliating facial skin, use a gentle circular motion.

The knees and elbows have thicker skin, and you may thus use more force to exfoliate. Just make sure that you do not use enough force to cause damage. 

You may use CBD sugar scrubs on the face or body.

For the body, dermatologists recommend doing the following:

  • Bathe with warm water. Compared to hot water, warm water is less drying and is unlikely to cause capillary dilation. Left unchecked, and due to sun and heat damage, capillaries can break, leaving skin appearing bruised or bleeding.
  • Avoid using cleansers and soaps that irritate and strip the skin of vital oils and microorganisms. Antibacterial soaps are not safe for everyday use. You may use them when there is a risk of infection or sparingly to lower the risk of allergy. Remember, sun exposure can exacerbate allergy symptoms on the skin. Irritated skin is at elevated risk of sun damage.
  • If you have sun damage, wear high-SPF sunscreen when outdoors.
  • Moisturize and hydrate. You should also get plenty of exercise as sweating helps the body remove toxins. 

Why exfoliate the body using CBD sugar scrub?

The face exfoliates faster than the body, meaning you may exfoliate the body more often than the face. 

Without exfoliation, sweat, dirt, debris, and microorganisms will pile on the body, causing problems including odor, inflammatory illness, discomfort, itching, and so on.

Exfoliating the body using CBD sugar scrubs smoothens skin, aids the healing process, and prevents pile-up and odor. Remember, sweat does not have a smell. What happens is when you sweat and have bacteria on you, an odor may result. 

Can the sun cause cancer?

DNA damage from the sun or sunbeds may cause cells to grow out of control. For some, actinic keratosis occurs as a percussor to skin cancer. 

Anyone can suffer sun damage. But, individuals with the following traits are at elevated risk, meaning a higher level of care and sun protection is necessary.

Risk factors for sun damage include:

  • Having fair skin. If you have dark skin, the risk is lower but still present. Recommend avoiding the midday sun and wearing sunscreen when necessary. 
  • Freckled skin.
  • Having blonde or red hair.
  • Sensitive skin. 

You may also be at risk if skin cancer runs in the family or have a history of the ailment. Other factors include:

  • Working outdoor jobs in sunny climates.
  • A history of skin ailments, including moles. 

There is evidence that regular application of CBD oil may lower the risk of cancer. Existing studies suggest that cannabidiol induces apoptosis/cell death in tumorous cells. 

Bottom line: Is CBD sugar scrub and oil good for sun damage?


Prevention and treatment of sun damage requires a holistic approach that entails (1) protecting the skin from the sun (you may use sunscreen or shades). (2) you need a variety of products, including moisturizers, anti-inflammatory agents, or natural remedies to maintain skin health. (3)  It is necessary to consult a dermatologist if you develop any changes that persist. 

Exfoliation using CBD sugar scrubs, cleansing, diet, and stress management also benefit skin health.