Acne isn’t just something that teenagers experience – adults can have acne too. You may have also noticed that there are more CBD health and beauty products available on the market these days. CBD has shown to be a valuable cannabinoid in helping reduce or alleviate the symptoms of some skin conditions, including acne. In this piece, we’ll discuss how can CBD help reduce acne, why and what types of products may work best.
What is Acne?
Acne is defined as secretions from the oil (sebaceous) glands. The secretions plug pores in the skin and hair follicles. Larger clogs often form blackheads. Other clogs form whiteheads, or white topped red bumps.
The bumps on the face may become irritated and swollen just under the surface. Infections may also occur. This can become irritating, itchy and frustrating to deal with.
Acne isn’t reserved to just the face. Body acne may show on the back, chest, arms, neck and shoulders. Some may also experience acne on the lower half of the body.
The good news is that while acne may be annoying and may seem difficult to get rid of, it is curable and treatable.
What doesn’t cause acne is increased sex, a poor diet or bad hygiene. Hormones and heredity are to blame. Stress, however, may be a contributing factor. In regards to hormones – this may be the reason that some women experience acne during menstruation and/or pregnancy as hormone levels change.
Chemical Facial Scrubs
You may notice facial scrubs claiming to rid your face and/or body of acne. Some may work, but consider the damage to the skin from the chemicals included in the formula. The chemicals may cause further irritation, an allergic reaction or may make your skin sensitive. Excessively dry skin may also result from chemical facial scrub use. This makes your skin vulnerable to the sun, exposure to everyday toxins and may make your skin sensitive to products you use regularly.
If you choose to use a facial scrub consider something that is organic or derived from natural ingredients. These will be less harsh on your skin and may also be more effective.
CBD is found in both hemp and cannabis. It is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid. One of its roles is to aid the endocannabinoid system in regulating the central and peripheral nervous systems. Hormone release is one function of the body that often sees fluctuations.
CBD is ideal for reducing inflammation and aiding in the regulation of the immune system. Irregular immune system response may increase inflammation. CBD may also help reduce oil production. The combination of reduced inflammation and reduced oil production may reduce acne.
While CBD is present in cannabis, the inclusion of THC in a facial or skincare product may increase testosterone production – which may not produce the result you seek. CBD derived from hemp is a better option as it is easier to strip the THC since there is so little of it in hemp. Even the miniscule amount of THC in hemp isn’t likely to cause increased testosterone production.
In the endocannabinoid system, the endocannabinoids perform a variety of functions, including controlling oil production and hair growth. If there is an endocannabinoid imbalance, excess sebum may be produced which can lead to increased oil production and acne. The reason that THC is not ideal for treating acne is that it induces increased release of anandamide which increases oil production. Too little anandamide may result in dry skin and associated skin conditions like eczema.
CBD reduces anandamide production and oil production can be better regulated. As CBD helps to reduce stress and anxiety, your hormones levels can become more balanced. This may also help reduce acne flare-ups.
CBD Product Types to Consider
You may wonder why CBD oil may be suggested when the goal is to reduce oil in the skin. The difference is that the oil most commonly combined with CBD is coconut oil, not sebum. The cannabinoid is able to penetrate the skin to calm inflammation and reduce the oil production naturally. If you choose CBD oil, just dab the tip of your finger onto the top of the bottle and rub it in really well on your skin. Do not leave any oily residue; make sure you’re not putting too much on. Spot-treatments may help.
CBD Moisturizers, when all of the ingredients are natural or organic, may work well to help prevent excess dryness that may be the result of topical chemical-based acne treatments. While moisture is added to your skin, it’s to improve the overall health of your skin and won’t increase oil production. Many natural options, including lemon and cucumber, may help improve the overall health of your skin. Depending on the level of dryness in your skin, you may need to apply moisturizer twice a day, but once really should be sufficient.
CBD facial scrubs are another option. Some formulas may include natural exfoliators. Natural exfoliation may help pull some of the oil out of your skin to help reduce acne and oil production. It is important to follow the instructions on the package to ensure that you are not over or under applying. Don’t scrub your skin so hard that the skin turns red; this may cause irritation (which is possible with any facial scrub product).
Facemask products containing CBD are available in some medical cannabis markets and may be available online from some manufacturers. These products are not typically easy to find but may help you remove blackheads and pull oil from your skin. Some formulas may also help hydrate and/or moisturize your skin while providing needed vitamins and minerals promoting skin health.
Also consider making your own CBD skincare product at home. If you already make a natural facial scrub or moisturizer, all you need to do is add CBD oil to it. Consider adding one dropper of full spectrum hemp CBD oil to a fluid ounce of your mixture. This provides about 13mg of CBD. If you have body acne, consider making your own CBD bath soak using natural ingredients. Soaking in a CBD rich bath may help while also helping you to relax and reduce stress.
CBD may have a positive benefit when it comes to reducing acne. With regular use, oil production in your skin may be regulated well enough that acne may no longer be an issue. It is important to remove all of your makeup and other skincare products completely every day as this may lead to clogged pores and unhealthy skin. CBD-based makeup products and other health and beauty products are widely available and may work better on sensitive, oily skin. It doesn’t hurt to try CBD if acne leaves you avoiding the camera.