Acne is the most common skin disease in humans and it affects the lives of millions of people around the world.[ 1]
Research evidence supports that CBD oil may be helpful in treating acne as well as various other skin conditions.[ 2] However, because acne can be caused by a variety of triggers, it's usefulness may vary slightly for each individual.
Acne occurs when excess dirt, oil, and dead skin cells clog pores. This affects healthy cell turnover and leads to overgrowth of the bacteria Cutibacterium acnes ( C. acnes), which has been linked to the establishment of acne for over 100 years.
C. acnes (formerly called Propionibacterium acnes) can build up in the pores causing inflammation as well as painful bumps, pustules, and pimples.
CBD oil may reduce the amount and severity of acne by regulating sebum or oil production, managing inflammation, and mitigating the acne-related bacteria C. acnes.
How To Use
Topical CBD for acne can be applied directly to the skin whereas CBD tincture can be taken orally for long-term prevention.
For topical use directly on the skin, CBD should be mixed with a carrier oil. For example, our hemp oil face moisturizer blends CBD-rich full spectrum hemp oil with hemp seed oil, jojoba oil, rosehip oil, eucalyptus oil and lavender oil, all of which possess known skin benefits.
Taking CBD oil orally may also help with acne, as its anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and antimicrobial compounds remain active when they enter the body.
A combined whole-body approach of oral and topical CBD oil is likely to be the most effective.
When choosing a CBD skin care product it is important to confirm its actual CBD content.
In 2017, researchers tested 84 different CBD products available to consumers. Of those 84 products, 26% contained less CBD than was advertised on the label.[ 19]
Most reputable CBD skincare companies will provide third-party laboratory test results. You can view ours here.
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CBD May Help:
- Regulate Sebum Production
- Manage Inflammation
- Improve Cell Turnover
- Reduce the Negative Effects of Bacteria, Fungus and Viruses
- Support Skin Elasticity and Collagen Production
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