Acne Treatment For 50 Million Americans
Have you heard of using CBD or hemp seed oil for acne and want to know more?
You’re not alone…
Acne is actually one of the most common skin conditions affecting approximately 50 million Americans each year.
People have been using hemp oil for skin for many years already, but more recently you’ve probably noticed that hemp-derived CBD skin creams, hair oils and oils have been infiltrating the beauty aisles of our supermarkets.
We took a closer look at what causes acne and whether you should be using CBD or hemp seed oil for acne treatment and prevention.
What Causes Acne?
Although acne is often thought of a condition affecting teenagers going through puberty, it can affect people of all ages, regardless of personal hygiene and even despite some of the most rigorous skincare regimens.
It’s not uncommon for teenagers to be affected by acne due to excess hormone activity but acne can also be caused by excess oil production, clogged follicles, and bacteria.
Acne treatments are therefore developed to keep the skin clean, free from acne causing bacteria, and to prevent excess oil production that can clog the skin’s pores.
The most effective prescription drug available for acne sufferers is isotretinoin which is known to have some serious side effects so it’s no wonder that many people are searching for a safer and more natural alternative with zero to minimal side-effects.
Is Hemp Oil the Same as CBD?
Many people are confused as to whether hemp oil and CBD oil are the same, but despite the fact that both hemp oil and CBD oil are derived from the hemp plant, the similarities pretty much begin and end there.
Hemp oil is the term used to describe the oil which is manufactured by cold-pressing hemp seeds.
Hemp seeds are an incredible source of essential fatty acids (protein) and vitamin E. In fact they contain all nine essential fatty acids our bodies need, making them a complete protein source and excellent dietary supplement.
CBD oil, on the other hand, contains an extract made from the flowers, leaves and stalks of the plant that contains a concentration of the popular cannabinoid, CBD. Full-spectrum CBD oils also contain an assortment of other cannabinoids, fatty acids, terpenes, and other plant compounds.
Hemp Seed Oil Benefits for Skin
Hemp seed oil skin benefits are centered around the fact that it’s full of essential fatty acids like omega-3 and 6, that can provide remarkable hydration for the skin.
The fact that hemp seed oil is also non-comedogenic means that it can moisturize without clogging pores like other oils.
The vitamin E contained within the oil can also help protect it from inflammation, oxidation and signs of aging.
Using hemp seed oil for skin will help a range of skin conditions such as dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis, and rosacea (which can be mistaken for acne).
CBD Oil Benefits for Skin
CBD, and other cannabinoids, have the ability to interact with our body’s endocannabinoid system. Endocannabinoid receptors in the skin have been shown to regulate cutaneous cell growth and differentiation, exert anti-inflammatory effects, and, perhaps most importantly, play a key role in the regulation of sebum production.
An article published in The Journal of Clinical Investigation in 2014 introduced CBD as a potent, universal anti-acne agent.
Researchers measured the effects of CBD on human skin samples and found that CBD inhibited oil production.
Not only that, but it also has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial effects on the skin, eliminating bacteria from around the sites of infection.
The team of Hungarian researchers also proved that CBD has the ability to change our DNA by up regulating the expression of 72 genes. Among these 72 genes, multiple potential anti-acne genes were identified.
The Best CBD Skin Care
These days CBD comes in many forms and, as a treatment, you can try applying a CBD cream directly to your skin to benefit from it’s oil inhibiting, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties.
If you’re treating facial acne then you need to make sure the cream you are using is specially made for the face as body creams may contain ingredients that will clog your pores.
If you have a CBD oil then it’s not advised that you apply it directly to your face unless the CBD is carried in a non-comedogenic, or dry oil (such as hemp seed oil).
For body acne, there are also skin washes and soaps available that contain CBD.
Treat Acne With CBD
While hemp seed oil has a great number of benefits for the health of your skin, unfortunately, it is unlikely to help treat or prevent your acne. You can apply it directly to your skin or take it as a dietary supplement to help hydrate and oxidate your skin.
Evidence suggests that CBD could in fact prove to be the answer you’re looking for. Daily application of a CBD-infused skin cream or wash will help to combat your acne in three different ways at once. By reducing inflammation, keeping acne-causing bacteria at bay, as well as helping to regulate your body’s production of oil, CBD can help you achieve and maintain clear skin, safely and naturally.