Using hemp oil for acne treatment is a relatively new concept that is actually quite effective, believe it or not. In this article, we’re going to go over a lot of details about the facial skin, why it gets dirty, what causes breakouts, and how to clean your skin with the use of hemp oil (CBD oil). For the purposes of this article, hemp oil and CBD oil will be used interchangeably. I mention this because there is actually a difference, but because google doesn’t like the word CBD, or cannabidiol, we’re going to stick with the term ‘hemp oil’ for now.
What Are Pores?
If you haven’t noticed by now, your skin is filled with pores. These small pores aid in many different functions, but the most common function is their ability to excrete water in the form of sweat. Sweat helps the human body cool off when it is too hot. Sweating is a vital part in helping regulate body temperature. Go ahead and take a close look in the mirror. You will see a ton of pores. They look like tiny little holes all around your face – and that’s exactly what they are. To add to the complication, everyone has different style pores. Some of this is genetic, some of it is ethnic. Some people have large pores, some have tiny pores. According to Dove Medical Press, ” Chinese women were clearly distinct from other ethnicities in having very low density and sizes.” This is just one example of how ethnicity plays a part in dictating your pore design. Interesting, isn’t it?
Hemp Oil for Acne Treatment Methods
This is where using hemp oil for acne gets interesting. Is hemp oil, alone, enough to treat your acne or skin breakouts? No, it is not. The interesting thing is, when hemp oil is mixed with salicylic acid and used a combined treatment method the results are incredible! Salicylic acid is a well-known acne fighting ingredient that basically gets into your pores and cleans them of the debris that causes a clogged pore. This clogged pore ends up getting swollen, red, and sometimes has a white head on top. What I’m trying to describe here is a pimple. Unclogging your pores must become part of your skin care regimen if you truly want clean, clear skin. Salicylic acid is a natural substance that comes from the willow tree. The Inchem Organization confirms that salicylic acid is readily absorbed through the skin.
Now that you understand how salicylic acid works, let’s talk about why we would combine it with hemp oil for acne treatment. One of the proven benefits of hemp oil is it’s anti-inflammatory effects. Why would we care about that for acne treatment? Think about all of the times you had breakouts. They are gross, red, and swollen around the localized area. Sometimes the breakouts are even painful! The anti-inflammatory effects of hemp oil (as long as it is genuine hemp oil with a rich CBD extract) help reduce the redness and swelling associated with breakouts, whiteheads, or acne. A thorough study conducted by BioOrganic and Medicinal Chemistry came to find (intense scientific explanation warning!), “Modiﬁcations of the structure of CBD, namely the introduction of a carboxy group and replacement of the n-pentyl side-chain with a 1,1-dimethylheptyl group, resulted in an anti-inﬂammatory agent called HU-320. In vivo, HU-320 like HU-239 did not exhibit a cannabimimetic proﬁle but did produce anti-inﬂammatory clinical effects in a murine, collagen-induced arthritis model.” Great…but what does that even mean? It means that when applied, CBD delivered localized, measurable anti-inflammatory effects. While the salicylic acid penetrates deep into the pores to unclog them, the topical hemp is working on reducing the visible signs (inflammation) of the clogged pores. It’s a one-two powerful punch combo!
Other Uses of Hemp Oil for Acne Treatment
One of the negative sides to using salicylic acid is dry skin. The salicylic acid does great at unclogging pores, but the result is sometimes dry skin. If you have dry skin to begin with, it tends to get even more dry after using salicylic acid. Hemp oil for acne treatment can aid in adding moisture back to the skin. You see, hemp extract bonds incredibly well with oil. In it’s natural form the hemp plant is filled with a phyto-oil that carries all of the phytocannabinoids (CBD, CBG, CBN, etc…) in it. When we mix the hemp extract with other oil bases (like coconut oil or jojo oil) it acts as an outstanding carrier. Some oils are actually great for moisturizing our face. We now have a three staged attack on acne: pore cleansing, reduction in swelling, and a re moisturizing of the skin. This is a great approach for helping clean up your skin, and maintaining a youthful appearance.
As usual, I hope you got some value out of your time spent reading this article on using hemp oil for acne treatment. There is still a lot we can learn about hemp and all of the uses it’s extract has for us. As time goes by, I guarantee there will be more scientific studies done on the benefits of hemp for the human body.
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BioOrganic and Medicinal Chemistry: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/272373349_Cannabidiol_CBD_and_its_analogs_A_review_of_their_effects_on_inflammation
Dove Medical Press: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4337418/