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  • by Nicola Boulton September 05, 2022 6 min read


    Although CBD promises to reduce pain, inflammation, and symptoms of dry, sensitive skin, it has its challenges, and the FDA has not approved using it for this. Meanwhile, natural remedies like coconut oil, essential oils in your baths, and oatmeal soaks or masks go a long way to improve your skin condition.

    We all would like to have soft, tender skin with a beautiful glow, but we do not always get it this way. While others struggle with oily skin, others battle skin dryness. CBD keeps growing, and many use it on dry, sensitive skin since it promises to reduce inflammation and pain. However, the FDA has not approved using CBD for this, making home remedies more necessary. This article helps you know 9 remedies you can try on your dry, sensitive skin to boost its condition. First, let's understand CBD and how it relates to dry skin.

    CBD and Dry, Sensitive Skin

    People go to all heights to manage dry, sensitive skin, and some opt for CBD. What is CBD, and why do many tap into it to manage sensitive skin? According to Mascal et al. (2019), it is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid in cannabis plants, although it mostly comes from hemp. It comes in different products, including topicals, which people use on dry, sensitive skin. Can the cannabinoid improve such skin? Hammell et al. (2016) noted that CBD reduces inflammation, which is common in dry skin. Earlier, Schuelert & McDougall (2011) reported that CBD could fight inflammation and pain, suggesting that the cannabinoid might remedy dry skin. Still, it is worth noting that it has its fair share of challenges and that the FDA has not approved using it to boost skin conditions. That said, the following are 9 suggestions you would like to try to better your dry skin, and you can make them in the comfort of your home.

    Use Olive Oil Cleanser

    Olive oil for the skin is not new; it has been long used. Is your skin dry, scaly, and scarring? You can make yourself an olive oil cleanser to improve it. Being an oil, it features fatty acids the skin needs to keep moisturized. Besides, Owen et al. (2000) noted that olive oil is rich and features powerful nutrients and vitamins, including vitamins E and A, which the skin needs to glow.

    Try Avocado Masks

    Avocados are sweet, creamy fruits coming in different species. Besides being nutritionally rich, you can use them to improve your skin condition. According to Gupta et al. (2008), avocado oils have powerful anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, and anti-microbial properties, making it good for the skin. It keeps the dry skin oiled and also ensures it is protected against pathogenic attack. The mask is easy to prepare since you only need to whisk 1 avocado, 1 tablespoon of honey, and a spoon of olive oil to make it. All you have to do is leave it on the face for 15- 20 minutes, then wash it off and enjoy a new look. 

    Make a Natural Olive Oil and Sugar Scrub

    As Owen et al. (2000) noted, pure virgin oil features powerful anti-inflammatory properties, making it ideal for dry, sensitive skin. Besides using it to make a cleanser, you can use it to make a face scrub. As you gently exfoliate the dry skin, you are also oiling it. Besides, the skin benefits from the nutrients and vitamins in the oil. The scrub does not have to be complicated; a spoon of sugar, olive oil, and essential oils will certainly do.

    Experiment with Oatmeal Soak

    Many enjoy oatmeal for breakfast, which is ok, following its rich nutritional value. Did you know you can use oatmeal on your skin and reap these benefits? The soak is easy to make, just like the rest of the home remedies in this article. Try to make it as thick as possible and soak in it for 15- 20 minutes. Do you enjoy soaking in bath bombs? If yes, you will enjoy the oatmeal soak experience.

    Oatmeal Mask

    Besides the soak, you can use oatmeal to make a mask. The mask will be as helpful as the soak, but slight differences in the ingredient list might exist. You need a spoon of honey and 2 tablespoons of oatmeal to make the mask. Add this to a dash of water and mix to attain a thick paste. Apply it to the affected area, let it stay for 15- 20 minutes, and wash it off with warm water.

    Apply Coconut Oil to the Skin before Bed

    Coconut oil has been used on the hair and skin, and the idea of using it on your dry, itchy skin is not new. It solidifies at room temperature, making it a great moisturizer at night. First, get quality coconut oil since the lack of regulation in the industry leaves loopholes for low-quality items. Apply the oil to the skin and sleep on it like a mask. Kappaly et al. (2015) found coconut oil having powerful anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, making it good for dry, sensitive skin.

    Put Essential Oils to Your Baths

    Like olive, avocado, and coconut oils, essential oils are commonly used for the skin. You have many options to tap into, from lavender to ylang oils. According to Djilani et al. (2012), essential oils are therapeutic and medicinal, revealing how useful they can be to the skin. Try as much as possible to get the oils' virgin forms since they are less adulterated.

    Use Milk Compress on Itchy Skin

    You can also use milk compress on your dry, sensitive skin. Many use the compress on the face for 5- 10 minutes and count on its benefits. How is this possible? According to Kostelac et al. (2021), milk has powerful anti-inflammatory properties from lactic acid. This makes it protect the skin against infections common in dry, sensitive skin.

    Try Aloe Vera

    People use aloe vera for psoriasis, eczema, and other skin conditions. Thus, it could also be great for the dry, itchy, and sensitive skin. According to Zagórska-Dziok et al. (2017), aloe vera features powerful anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties, making it ideal for skin conditions. Yet, you must watch out for skin responses and ensure it is not making things worse.


    Dry skin is a common problem many people have to deal with. It is sensitive to most products, and scars and scales at the slightest provocation. CBD promises to reduce pain and inflammation, and people use its topicals to improve dry skin. However, the FDA has not approved this, making natural remedies useful. This article shares 9 remedies you would like to use for dry skin, including coconut oil, olive oils, and aloe vera.


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    Nicola Boulton
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