CBD for Acne – Does it work?

Given one of CBD’s potent properties of Anti-Inflammation, it lends to question, “Will CBD oil work on the problems we have with acne?”

Acne is one of the most common skin conditions most of us have encountered at some point in our lives.  Be it chronically, daily or seasonally.

The bottom line is that the sebum that our skin produces sometimes traps germs and bacteria and these are the culprits to our redness, whiteheads and cystic acne.

A women in her 20s applying skin care product

There are many factors in our lives that affect the production of sebum on your skin.  Stress, diet, hormonal imbalance, and genetics.  Le’ts not forget prescription meds also have an effect on our acne production.

There was a study done in 2014 that explored the effects of CBD on acne.  Preliminary results showed that CBD helps prevent the over-production of sebum.  the study also revealed that CBD prevented inflammatory cytokines from activating. Cytokines may trigger acne, so reducing them may help prevent further breakouts.

A 2016 review of CBD also showed anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties of CBD.  These barring effects will help reduce inflammation from dirt and other every day pollutants on the skin

While these results are preliminary and more human studies needed in the future, it stands to reason that CBD’s beneficial effects have a bright future.

Adding CBD to your skincare regimen

There’s 3 simple ways to incorporate CBD into your skincare regimen.  

One is to simply buy CBD oil.  Concentration of the CBD (250mg, 500mg, etc.) will need to be experimented with your skin’s reaction.  We suggest buying the lowest concentration and working your way up to find your “sweet spot” of CBD strength needed for your benefits.

Two is to buy a topical cream, salve, lotion that has already been packaged and ready to use.  HINT: Stay away from mentholated topicals as this could cause irritation.

The other option is to buy CBD Isolate and mix the powder in your favorite carrier oil.

  • Coconut oil
  • Olive oil
  • Argan oil
  • Shea butter

CBD Isolate has NO THC and is a fine white powder that quickly emulsifies within the carrier oil.

CBD Oil may have trace amounts of THC.  Depending on the type of CBD oil you purchase there could be none or some in the mixture.  Consult with your retailer or online website for more information.  

**Fair warning for those that are afraid of failing a drug test, be wary of buying CBD oil with THC as trace amounts could show up on a surprise drug test.**

You also don’t need a lot of CBD oil on your skin.  Treat it like any skincare serum and only dab it and tap it into your skin.  It’s also suggested that you use it first in your routine so that the oil will absorb into the skin and leave your skin soft and supple and ready for the next step in your regimen.

To boost your topically applied CBD oil, you may consider taking CBD internally so that you have a 1-2 punch against the germs and bacteria that attack your exposed skin daily.

Here’s to happy, healthy glowing skin!  Good luck!!

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