Acne is one of the most common skin disorders in the world. Unfortunately, it affects both teenagers and adults. Fortunately, new research shows that Hemp oil has a beneficial triple anti-acne effect. The best way to enjoy these benefits is to use topical lotions with Hemp seed oil for acne.
In this article, you’ll find out details and information about:
- What makes Hemp seed oil so good against acne. I will tell you about its chemical composition, because it is what makes this oil stand out.
- Facts about the most common and annoying skin condition, which is acne. It doesn’t have to be a problem for your confidence and self-esteem any longer.
- The oil’s benefits for acne-prone skin with scientifically proven results.
- Best ways to use Hemp oil for acne and its scars.
- Plus, blend recipes with Hemp seed oil for a glowing, healthy looking skin.
What Makes Hemp Seed Oil Good for Acne? Scientifically Proven Effects, plus Benefits
On one hand we have the word “hemp”, which may raise a brow when it comes to cosmetics. On the other hand, we have “oil for acne”, which may raise the other brow too.
You’re not sure about putting more oil on your already oily and acne-prone skin? Stay with me, I will start clearing both aspects in order.
You probably know more about hemp as a drug or medication than you know about its benefits for skin. Many hemp varieties are cultivated for various purposes.
Hemp’s Latin or botanical name is Cannabis sativa. The cannabis family is rather big and hemp represents only one type of plant in that family.
Hemp is cultivated for industrial purposes. It can be used to make ropes, fabrics and car parts among others. At the same time, its seeds are used to produce Hemp seed oil through a method called cold pressing.
This oil is also known as Hemp oil, Hempseed oil, CBD oil, CBD Hemp oil or Hemp extract. It contains insignificant amounts of THC. THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) is found in the root and leaves of the plant.
It is what gives the plant its high effects, and that’s what also makes it illegal. Marijuana is very high in THC, as you can tell.
But, Hempseed oil contains a good amount of CBD – cannabidiol. This molecule is legal and appreciated in health and beauty industries. CBD has anti-tumor and anti-inflammatory effects among others. The seeds themselves don’t produce CBD.
They can however, and usually do, get contaminated by the leaves and/or roots while being harvested and processed. That’s how and why there is CBD in the seed oil.
The oil also contains the best ratio of Omegas 3:6 that meet the needs of the skin, as well as the body’s. There are also vitamins or antioxidants, such as A, E and F present. All these constituents make Hemp seed oil great for acne!
But why apply oil on a problematic skin?
It may seem counterproductive, but it actually makes a lot of sense. Oily and combination skin types produce an excess of sebum.
This sebum is produced by the sebaceous glands found in the superior layer of the skin (epidermis), near the hair follicles. Its role is to lubricate and protect the skin from infections, UV rays and other harmful factors.
Yet, an excess of sebum can block the pores. In combination with a diet rich in fats and refined sugar, blocked pores become infected. They become so when they get in contact with bacteria. Sugar promotes inflammation on the inside, as well as on the outside.
The skin’s cells renew every approximately 28 days. These cells are made of keratin. Pores become blocked when the excess sebum meets dead skin cells (keratin).
A blocked pore is the perfect environment for bacteria to thrive as well. There are millions of bacteria that live on the human skin. Once they find an opportunity, they jump right in. Bacteria in a clogged pore will cause a painful inflammation, also known as an acne cyst.
People tend to wash their faces with harsh soaps and cleansers. But know that even tap water can be harsh because of the limestone.
They strip the skin of its sebum, at which point the body starts producing more of it and fast to replace the lost oil. This is a vicious circle, even though it doesn’t seem fair. After all, you are trying to maintain a clean face to avoid bacterial infections.
Here is where Hemp seed oil can help:
- It is a “dry” oil because it absorbs really fast and deep into the tissue.
- It doesn’t leave a greasy feeling on the skin either.
- Hemp oil is non comedogenic. It has a comedogenic rating of 0. This means it’s totally safe to use on acne-prone skin because it doesn’t clog pores. Find out more about the best non comedogenic oils.
- Its Omega fatty acids, antioxidants and CBD make the oil extremely nourishing and hydrating. Oily and combination skin needs hydration just like all the other skin types. I dare say they need it even more.
- Once this oil is applied to the skin, it will replenish the lost sebum. That will tell the body there’s no need to produce more. Hence, after a few weeks’ use, the sebum production will be regulated. This is what helps breaking up that vicious circle I was telling you about earlier.
- The oil is highly anti-inflammatory. It is also antibacterial so it will protect the tissue from bacterial infections.
- Using Hemp seed oil for acne treatment will also make your skin more elastic and firm.
- Being a good anti-inflammatory, it can also prevent wrinkle formation. Thus, the aging process can be delayed with many years.
- The oil of Hemp can also help the skin heal acne scars. It is also gentle with irritated or sensitive skin. That’s why people can use Hemp oil for eczema and/or psoriasis too.
The oil’s main essential fatty acid is Linoleic acid. It can be found in a percentage of 45 – 65%. Some studies show that acne-prone skin lacks the presence of Linoleic acid.
When applied to the skin, the acid was able to soothe and prevent acne inflammation. Hemp has a good amount of it in its composition, which is yet another point in its favor.
But let’s see what an in-depth research found about the benefits of Hemp seed oil for acne vulgaris.
- The first of the triple anti-acne effects they found is the oil’s ability to regulate sebum production.
Hemp seed oil can do that by preventing excessive formation of fat in sebocytes. The sebocytes are specialized cells that produce sebum. They can release this sebum either by cell membrane rupture or its degradation. This degradation may occur after washing or rubbing the tissue with abrasive, harsh cleansers.
- The second of the triple anti-acne effects of Hemp seed oil is its ability to decrease the reproduction of sebocytes.
Sebocytes can reproduce at a rapid pace. CBD was found useful in inhibiting this growth. This also helps in the balancing process of sebum production. While decreasing the sebocytes’ rapid growth, Hemp seed oil didn’t affect their ability to work properly.
- The third of the triple anti-acne effects of Hemp seed oil is its ability to act as anti-inflammatory.
It has already been shown that CBD oil is great at relieving arthritis pain. Now, this anti-inflammatory effect can be applied to painful acne vulgaris too.
Hemp oil for acne was found effective against pain caused by bacterial infections. Tested bacteria were Gram-positive and Gram-negative. Hemp oil showed that it can prevent the inflammation and redness of an acne cyst. It will no longer feel painful or throbbing either.
This study concludes that:
“Collectively, our findings suggest that, due to the combined lipostatic, antiproliferative, and antiinflammatory effects, CBD has potential as a promising therapeutic agent for the treatment of acne vulgaris.”
How to Use Hemp Seed Oil for Acne, plus Blend Recipes
Now that we’re done with the “theoretical” part, it’s time to get more practical. I’m going to give you a few cosmetic blend recipes to draw inspiration from. If you’re not new to this, feel free to adjust the recipes.
You can replace some of the ingredients with what your skin needs more. But first, let’s see what the best ways to enjoy the oil’s benefits are.
The best and most effective way of using Hemp oil for acne is topically. The oil absorbs really well and fast into the skin. This ensures that the oil acts directly on the acne, without being absorbed by other organs.
There will be no unwanted distribution wherever else the body needs CBD, Omegas and antioxidants.
You can also use the oil to:
- Remove makeup. Simply pour a few drops on a cotton round and wipe off the eye and face makeup. Use gentle movements, without rubbing. You can then continue your beauty routine by spraying some floral water all over the face. That’ll dissolve the oil and remove any trace of makeup left. It’ll also open up the pores to absorb the moisturizer. Or you can simply wipe the face clean with Hemp oil and leave it like that. This is a great alternative to those late or lazy nights. Especially if you don’t feel like going through all the phases of a beauty routine.
- Cleanse. Even if you don’t use makeup, you can still use it to cleanse your face. Massage some pure oil into the skin, morning and night. Wipe it all off with a damp cloth. Use hot water for the cloth to dissolve the oil.
- Moisturize. Regardless if you use any of the above mentioned methods, you can still use Hemp seed oil for acne as a moisturizer. Massage a small amount into the skin once or twice a day. If you do it once, it’s better to be at night. That’ll give the oil time to work its magic throughout the night.
In case you want your oil more potent, or to address certain other issues, you can make a blend. A blend of essential oils mixed with Hemp oil to speed up the healing of scars, existing cysts, etc.
Anti-Acne Sandalwood and Rose Water Toner Recipe
- Rose water: 1 Oz (30ml)
- Hemp seed oil: 2 teaspoons
- Sandalwood essential oil: 6 drops
- 2 Oz. spray recipient
Add Hemp over the Rose water and the Sandalwood over them all. Shake and mix really well before each application. That’ll activate the molecules and break them down into very tiny ones that’ll penetrate the skin perfectly.
Sandalwood with Rose water will tone the skin, kill bacteria and soothe irritation. Spray over a clean face, neck and cleavage and massage until it’s well absorbed. Continue applying a moisturizer, which can be pure Hemp oil or a blend.
Hemp Oil for Acne Scars Recipe
- Hemp oil: 2 tablespoons
- Macadamia oil: 1 tablespoon
- Helichrysum essential oil: 5 drops
- Frankincense essential oil: 5 drops
Mix all these oils together and shake the blend well before use. Apply after washing and toning your face. Apply a few drops only, as the skin only absorbs what it needs. Massage it well into all the affected areas (but not only), avoiding the eye area.
Essential oils are irritating for the eyes. You can apply there only pure carrier (vegetable) oil.
Apply this blend mornings and nights, and change it after a month’s use. The skin tends to get used to what you put on it. Resume after a week break or after a different blend.
Helichrysum and Hemp seed oil work great for acne scars. Macadamia is also good against scars and Frankincense is very soothing and anti-aging.
Emergency Acne Treatment Serum Recipe
- Hemp seed oil: ½ Oz (15 ml)
- Tea Tree essential oil: 4 drops
- Lavender essential oil: 4 drops
Mix all the ingredients in a roll on bottle or a bottle with a dropper. Give this blend a good shake before application. Apply only on the pimple and leave it on for the rest of the night.
You can use it every time you need it. Just make sure you moisturize the area afterwards to avoid its drying up.
Serums are concentrated beauty products. This one is meant to help calm down inflammation and infection as fast as possible. That’ll prevent further hyperpigmentation and ugly scars.
I hope you’ll find these Hemp oil recipes useful for any situation. Remember, you need to give your skin time to heal. People who’ve used serums and lotions with Hemp oil have reported only good results. Their skin appearance improved right after a few days’ use, without side effects.
However, I still recommend testing it for allergic reactions. Simply massage a drop into the inside of your forearm and watch if anything happens for a few hours. If not, you’re good to use it and start your acne treatment as soon as possible.
Also remember that Hemp seed oil is quite sensitive to oxidation. Keep it in the fridge after opening and make small blend batches. Use them within a couple of weeks to prevent the oil’s decrease in benefits.
Hemp oil is so very easy to use, and it’s cost-effective too. One single bottle can last for a few good months, especially if you mix it with other good carrier oils for acne.
The oil is so easy to apply, and its effects are proven to work effectively. Hemp seed oil for acne is one of the best natural remedies for this common skin problem.
The oil of Hemp can help you say goodbye to acne, scars and low self-esteem. Are you going to give it a try, now that you know everything you know about it? Or maybe you’ve had some experience with it and you’re willing to share it here with us? Whatever the case, I hope you get that clear, glowing complexion you’ve always wanted.