Millions of people suffer from acne all over the world.
And that means millions are spent every year on acne healing creams and products.
In 2019 there are so many products that claim they can cure acne.
Global corporations continue to milk one of the world’s most common skin conditions.
And yet how many of these skin care products actually work?
I remember as a teen just how damaging acne was to my self confidence and a such a crucial time in my life.
I found it difficult to look in the mirror at the large red pimples which plagued my face.
My mother bought me a whole bunch of skincare products over the years, I don’t remember any of them working. Some actually even made the condition worse.
Luckily for me, with age the condition cleared up, but oh what I would have given to have had a product during those years which could actually have helped me.
In 2019, people are claiming to have discovered a product with the power to actually clear up acne.
After the recent legalisation of hemp based CBD products, thousands are now turning to CBD as a miracle cure for Acne.
But can CBD really cure acne?
In this article I will break down the evidence in order to answer this question and hopefully teach you a thing or two about CBD along the way.
A brief inrtroduction to CBD
Some of you may already know about Cannabidiol (CBD) and its reported benefits, but just to recap.
Cannabidiol comes from the cannabis plant, it is found in both the marijuana and hemp plants which are members of the cannabis sativa family.
Marijuana is smoked recreationally all around the world and is claimed to provide multiple medicinal benefits. But, while marijuana does contain cannabidiol, it also contains a higher amount of THC than found in the hemp plant.
THC is the product in cannabis that gets you “high”.
However, Hemp is naturally low in THC yet packed with cannabidiol (CBD). Hemp has been legalised in every state from December 2018 (Farm Bill).
Now for the technical part….
CBD is what is known as a cannabinoid.
We naturally produce our own Cannabinoids in our bodies and together they make up something called the endocannabinoid system.
Cannabinoids and their receptors work for us in our brain, organs, nervous system, and immune cells.
Cannabinoids aid what is known as homeostasis.
Homeostasis is the process of maintaining a stable and comfortable internal environment. Keeping everything in our body at the best possible level of comfort.
So when we ingest CBD, it joins this process and interacts with our endocannabinoid system, working alongside our existing cannabinoids to aid homeostasis.
A boosted endocannabinoid system has the ability to minimize chronic pain by interacting with the pain receptors in your brain.
CBD helps to reduce these pain signals and eases our pain.
CBD is not just a means of reducing pain, it is also used to aid depression, anxiety, sleeping disorders and inflammation.
The positive effect CBD has as an anti-inflammatory aid means it can be very useful to treat skin conditions like acne.
How does CBD help to fight acne?
CBD is an effective weapon against acne breakouts because it tackles some of the most common causes of acne.
In order to understand how CBD reduces acne, we first need to understand what causes acne.
What Causes Acne?
Acne is the condition which occurs as a direct result of clogged hair follicles beneath the skin.
These follicles fill up with oils and dead skin cells and the result is spots and pimples, sometimes even bright red rash like blemishes which pop up over the face, forehead, chest and back.
But what causes these acne breakouts?
Research on acne has shown that one of the common causes of acne is excess oil production.
Our faces are covered in hair follicles and excess oil tends to build up inside these follicles, mixing with dead skin cells, hormones and bacteria. The result is the spots and pimples associated with acne.
The reason acne is usually found on the face, forehead, back and chest is that these are the areas with the highest number of oil glands, known as sebaceous glands.
The areas of your body where acne most often appears are those that have the most oil (sebaceous) glands.
Clogged hair follicles cause whiteheads and blackheads and more commonly pimples which are the result of excess oils filling up follicles under the skin.
What causes particularly bad Acne breakouts?
There are a few triggers that worsen acne and can lead to particularly bad breakouts.
- Hormone production (Androgens),
- Reaction to Medication,
- Poor diet,
- Heightened stress levels.
Androgens are the hormones attributed to particularly bad breakouts of acne.
Why do teenagers commonly have acne? Because these hormones increase dramatically during puberty.
These androgens cause our body’s oil glands to grow, increasing in size and producing additional oils.
There is a fine balance of androgens required to have healthy skin.
An excess of androgen activity often leads to acne breakouts.
Likewise, not having enough androgens can cause acne.
Medications which include corticosteroids which are frequently prescribed to tackle allergic reactions as well as medications which contain testosterone or lithium are known to cause acne breakouts.
A poor diet can contribute to acne, scientists believe a diet high in carbohydrates can cause acne breakouts.
Breads, chips and chocolate are among the list of acne inducing foods.
And then there is stress. Stress can bring on a particularly bad acne breakout for those who already have a light case of acne.
CBD is especially well suited to treat these kinds of acne triggers and is now becoming a popular natural remedy as acne sufferers grow tired of poor quality over the counter remedies.
Is CBD Oil the answer to fighting Acne?
Our bodies are littered with Cannabinoid receptors, key organs in our body contain CB1 and CB2 receptors and this can have a great impact on the body’s oil glands and hair follicles.
The CB1 and CB2 receptors in our body communicate with the nervous system to aid homeostasis. This includes communicating with the nervous system to reduce the inflammation of a body part.
Ingesting a CBD oil is believed to reduce acne due to its anti-inflammatory benefits which calm the overproductive oil glands and sooth affected skin.
It is believed that Cannabidiol has the power to reduce the visible inflammation of acne by targeting inflamed hair follicles.
CBD oils are also believed to tackle acne in other ways
As we have discussed, CBD works to boost your body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS).
The ECS features anandamide, a neurological transmitter which is used to regulate cell growth. CBD boosts your ECS and aids to balance the amount of anandamide in the body.
When anandamide is not properly balanced it can cause skin conditions such as acne.
Scientists believe CBD oils have the ability to inhibit excessive oil production, due to its role in reinforcing homeostasis.
As we have learnt, excessive oil production is one of the root causes of acne.
How do you apply CBD to tackle acne?
There are several methods of applying CBD products in order to fight acne.
It is commonly agreed that the most effective way to get CBD into your system and to experience CBD in its strongest, purest form is to ingest a genuine CBD oil sublingually via a tincture.
CBD oils contain a set amount of milligrams of CBD per serving.
To experience the maximum benefits of CBD you need to get the correct dosage of CBD into your body.
Dripping the correct dosage of CBD under your tongue and holding it there for 90 seconds to two minutes is the best way to get CBD into your system.
The CBD in your product is absorbed into the mucus membranes in your mouth and enters directly into your bloodstream providing the maximum possible amount of CBD to interact with and support your endocannabinoid system. This is when you will start to experience the full medicinal benefits of CBD.
However, in regards to acne treatment there are also topical creams that can be rubbed directly into the affected areas of your body.
Making CBD a part of your daily skincare routine is an effective way of treating acne and other skin conditions you may have.
How you ingest CBD is up to you but for the strongest benefits I would recommend daily dosages of a CBD oil under the tongue in order to address the condition internally at the maximum strength.
Unfortunately, there is little scientific research investigations to back up the claim that CBD is an effective method of clearing up acne. But at the same time there are no studies disproving the effectiveness of CBD.
I am sure this will change over the coming months.
There are, however, many testimonials which advocate CBD as a fantastic method for acne removal.
Check out this testimonial from a former acne sufferer:
“I have always had acne. I started going to a dermatologist, he is great but I was having to put steroids and acids on my face daily along with an antibiotic! Now my acne is gone! I said gone!! CBD oil is amazing! This is just one of the many things that CBD oil has changed for me!”
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My advice to you is that if you are sick of trying over the counter acne treatments that just don’t seem to work for you, experiment with a trusted CBD product. Check to se if there have been any differences by the time you have finished your first bottle.
CBD can take around 4 weeks to come into effect but persistence could give you the results you have been hoping for.
If CBD had been around when I suffered from acne I would have jumped at the chance to try it.
Through CBD you are able to target the source of acne, not simply rubbing over the counter creams into the affected areas and superficially reducing the appearance of acne (If you’re lucky).
CBD is an all natural alternative with no psychoactive side effects.
For this reason it’s well worth a shot! And at the very least if your acne persists you will have benefited from the many other benefits of CBD during your experimentation.