According to the American Academy of Dermatology, acne is the most common skin condition in the U.S. It affects up to 50 million people per year.
If you’re one of those 50 million people, there’s something you’re really going to want to hear.
There’s a new player in the game: CBD oil for acne. But does it work?
What Causes Acne?
First off, what leads to those annoying, painful, bumps?
There are many causes of acne, including:
- hormonal imbalances
- certain medications
- excess sebum production
We say excess because sebum is actually a good thing. It helps protect your skin from the outside world. But there’s truth in the term “too much of a good thing.” Sebum can mix with dead skin cells, dirt, or other pollutants and get trapped inside a hair follicle.
You see acne when the sebaceous glands attached to the hair follicles get clogged up. You’ll see a whitehead if it is covered by a thin layer of skin, or a blackhead if it’s exposed to the air. The plugged hair follicle gradually gets bigger. That’s what causes the bump.
As the hair follicle grows, the wall can rupture. This lets in irritating substances and normal skin bacteria. That’s where the inflammation comes from.
So, can CBD oil help?
CBD Oil for Acne
Your skin’s your body’s largest organ.
It’s also one of the main hangouts of the endocannabinoid system (ES). This is a system that’s all throughout your body. CBD reacts with cannabinoid receptors to keep the body balanced.
Recent research shows that, if the ES is out of whack, you may be dealing with all kinds of different skin conditions, things like:
And, as it turns out, acne.
So it makes sense then that it’d help. But why?
A few reasons.
The first is that CBD works as an anti-inflammatory. Acne is an inflammatory condition. See the connection? Because of those anti-inflammatory properties, CBD can calm and soothe irritated skin.
The second is that recent research shows CBD can decrease excessive sebum production. So, when that sebum gets to be too much for the hair follicles to handle, the CBD can help bring the levels back to normal.
Want another reason?
CBD has anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties, so it may help reduce infections from dirt and other pollutants on the skin.
There are lots of different things you can use for acne, things like tea tree oil or benzoyl peroxide (better grab a good moisturizer). But CBD holds the promise of a safe, effective, natural acne treatment that brings back the balance to your skin.
So, next time, try dabbing a little CBD oil on a problem spot, or adding it to your natural moisturizer.