CBD Oil for Acne – An Innovative Remedy or Another Non-Starter?
Raise your hand if you’ve woken up in the morning to find an angry breakout staring back at you in the bathroom mirror. Fact is, hundreds of thousands of individuals worldwide struggle with breakouts, acne, pimples and other painful and unsightly skin conditions.
But it’s not just teens and adolescents that are affected. If you struggle with adult acne, you’re not alone. Over half of all adults fight oily skin, persistent acne or related skin conditions.
And we’ve all had days when no amount of creams, toners, or concealers were able to control the spread of a bad breakout.
But have you tried CBD oil for acne? Likely not, but you might want to.
CBD oil for acne you say? If you think that sounds a little crazy, we assure you it's not. We’ve done the research, we’ve looked at the studies, and we’ve compiled it all below to help you make an informed and educated decision for yourself.
Read on to learn all about CBD’s possibilities for zit control: why it works, how to use it, and what mistakes to avoid.
How CBD Oil Works to Controls and Prevent Acne
What causes acne?
Most of the color and irritation associated with acne comes from inflammation and irritation. Your skin becomes irritated by excess oil, clogged pores, dirt and bacterial growth. This can be exacerbated by hormonal changes, diet and lifestyle, or a predisposition to oily skin.
The resulting irritation is in part responsible for those red, swollen bumps and “acne” we all have experienced at one time or another. Occasionally, it also results in mini-infections, also known as pimples, or more serious infections in the form of cystic acne.
How can CBD decrease acne?
CBD May Calm Inflammation
If you’re already using CBD oil, you’re probably aware of its reputation for anti-inflammatory properties. Some scientists believe CBD interacts with enzymes and chemicals in the body to calm the immune system, decreasing swelling and irritation in inflamed areas. As a result, CBD oil is often used to help calm joint pain and soothe sore muscles. It’s quickly becoming a mainstream alternative to Tylenol, Aleve, and other pain-relief medicines.
Since acne is simply skin inflammation, many use CBD oil to fight its effects.
CBD May Aid in Regulating the Production of Oil
Some studies suggest CBD oil interacts with your skin to regulate your sebaceous glands (the glands you can thank for oily skin). Oil regulation is tricky for acne sufferers: dry your skin out too much, and your glands will produce more oil to over-compensate. Use moisturizers, and you could clog your already-oily pores.
CBD oil appears to strike a healthy balance by regulating oil glands. More research is necessary, but the first few CBD oil-regulation studies show positive results. If your skin is producing too much oil, CBD could inhibit further production. If you start to dry out, CBD oil may encourage oil production. It’s the best type of win-win.
CBD May Prompt the Proliferation of New Cells
Finally, certain studies demonstrate CBD oil encouraging new skin cell production. Cannabis is high in vitamin D, one of the vitamins necessary for skin regeneration. Speeding healthy skin regeneration could shorten your acne healing time.
Using CBD oil for acne
How do you get started with CBD oil? That’s your choice. There are countless products, methods, and recommendations.
Below, we’ve created a step-by-step guide for finding one that works for you.
Choose your CBD product
Many types of CBD oil are used to calm acne. The most straightforward applications include topicals such as face lotion, pimple creams, and serums. Each of these should be applied directly to your acne according to your product’s directions.
Some prefer to use straight CBD oil. If you’d like to start with pure CBD, test the oil on another patch of skin (like your arm) before applying it to your face; some people experience adverse reactions to CBD oil, and while generally not serious it could cause further irritation. The last thing you need is a breakout on top of a breakout.
If you’d prefer CBD pills or gummies, go for it—your body absorbs CBD both through topical and oral applications, so CBD gummies could also calm your zits, though topical applications are generally thought to be more effective for problem areas on your skin.
Use it consistently
Acne can take a while to calm down and heal. While we all want instant gratification, CBD isn’t meant to be a magic pill for your breakouts. It can, however, begin to show improvements from an initial reduction of inflammation within a day or so of use.
As a preventative aid and when taken orally, results may improve gradually over time, needing weeks to reach full efficacy.
One benefit of CBD oil is its possibility of quick inflammation relief: you could see a decrease in redness in as little as 1-3 days, not months. Big date coming up? Try CBD oil. Tired of caking on concealer? CBD oil.
Unfortunately, CBD is not a miracle cure. Your acne may still take 1-3 months to completely fade away. To increase chances of long-lasting results, it’s important to consistently apply or consume CBD oil for several weeks.
Mistakes to avoid
Is there a wrong way to use CBD oil for skin?
Yes and no. While CBD oil is generally considered safe, there are a few problems you can avoid by selecting and using your CBD oil carefully:
Start with your doctor
You may not be excited to talk to your doctor about CBD oil. Bring it up anyway.
CBD oil does have the potential to interact with other drugs. So if you’re currently on any medications, taking CBD could interfere with them in a bad way. Your doctor can recommend a safe CBD dosage for your current medications and provide further guidance.
Look at the ingredients
If you notice an allergic reaction to your CBD oil, look at the ingredients. Some oils add scents and other ingredients, which can cause irritations or other reactions. Make sure your CBD oil is tested for purity and made from a reputable manufacturer.
If topicals aren’t an option, vape, don’t smoke
Prefer to inhale your CBD? Try vaping it. While CBD promotes healthy skin, combustion and smoking can age your skin. Vaping sidesteps these risks.
Final Thoughts on Using CBD for Acne Relief
Adult acne can be more stubborn than your boss, mother-in-law, and toddler all put together. It takes a true skincare superhero to fight it. For those with acne caused by or that results in painful or unsightly inflammation, CBD may be the solution you’ve been looking for.
While further research is needed to fully understand how CBD may impact acne, thousands of adults worldwide are reporting benefits from the use of CBD for acne.
What do you have to lose?