When it comes to natural acne treatment, CBD is one of the best options around. This cannabis derivative has the ability to lower your sebum production, lower inflammation on your skin and fight bacteria to help you get rid of pimples. But using CBD to fight acne isn’t necessarily as simple as you think. There are a couple of things to be aware of that could help you get better results from CBD as an acne treatment. Here are five of them:
Choose your products well and stay clear of comedogenic ingredients
CBD is great for acne-prone skin because it can help with four of the main causes of acne:
- Excess sebum
- Dead skin cells
- Bacteria proliferation
However, that’s not to say just any topical CBD product will help you fight acne.
People with acne-prone skin are a lot more sensitive to skincare ingredients. While substances like almond oil, cetyl alcohol, or cocoa butter can work well on people with normal skin, those with acne can get more breakouts from using them.
That’s because these ingredients are classified as comedogenic: they have the ability to block your pores, which is a serious problem if your skin already produces too much sebum.
The most common comedogenic products you will find in CBD-based skincare products are cocoa butter, coconut oil, beeswax, and olive oil.
So before you choose CBD products to use on your face or other parts of the body where you have acne, take some time to think. Is this product advertised as acne-friendly? Does the label read “non-comedogenic?” If not, you may have to go through the ingredient list and check one by one whether the ingredients are acne-friendly.
It takes a long time, we know. But choosing an acne-fighting product that doesn’t cause more acne is the first and most important step in this process!
Give it time to work
Having acne can be incredibly irritating and if you’ve already tried a few different treatment options, you may be getting impatient. You want to see results, and you want to see them now.
Unfortunately, this is not how CBD works. It can take a bit of time for CBD to build up in your system before you see any serious results. Or rather, you can expect to wait a few weeks before you experience the full benefits of CBD for acne.
But even after a few days, you should already notice a decrease in inflammation and sebum production on your face. Take this as a positive sign that CBD is working for you and keep going.
The best way to fight acne with CBD is to use it daily or twice daily as part of your skincare routine without skipping any days. If you’re consistent with it for several weeks, you can expect to see the best results.
Take the time to massage it into your skin
When you massage CBD into your skin, it penetrates the first layer of the epidermis and binds with endocannabinoid receptors CB1 and CB2 located just beneath the skin. It’s by binding with these receptors that CBD sends out a message for your skin to be less inflamed, produce less sebum, fight bacteria, and get rid of dead skin cells.
What this means is you need to make sure that CBD reaches that layer of skin so that it can have its effect. So whether you’re using a CBD face cream, a gel, a face wash, a soap, or any other CBD topical product, take a few minutes to massage it every time.
It may also be useful to opt for products that can stay on your face overnight, like moisturizers or gels, rather than products that wash off, like face wash. This will give CBD a better chance to absorb into your skin and work its magic.
Use topical products alongside other forms of CBD
So far, we’ve mainly talked about using topical forms of CBD, which you apply directly to your skin. However, they are not your only option when you’re trying to fight acne.
Topical products can be great because they make it easy for your body to absorb CBD, and because they direct the CBD molecule straight to where it needs to go: your skin.
However, you may benefit from using other CBD products like CBD edibles or CBD sublingual drops alongside your topical products. That’s because while CBD creams and serums are better at treating your skin, other products can address other causes of acne such as stress or sleep issues.
Acne is a global issue that doesn’t start and end with the skin. All elements of your lifestyle, including diet, exercise, and mental health can impact the health of your skin.
In particular, stress and anxiety can play with your hormones, causing your body to produce more sebum and create inflammation.
Thanks to its powerful anxiety-fighting effects, CBD could help to prevent the causes of acne.
So if you want to gain more anti-acne benefits from CBD, it could be a good idea to have two types of products at your disposal: topicals that you’ll use to fight acne on your skin, and edibles that you can take to prevent acne in a more holistic way.
You can use it to treat scars even when your acne is gone
If you experience success from using CBD to treat acne, keep going! Not only is CBD great to fight acne, but it also prevents it from coming back and treats any scars that you may be left with.
According to a 2019 study, applying acne on the skin improves the appearance of scars as well as skin elasticity. However, CBD may be more effective on certain types of scars than others. For example, it may be more effective if you have hyperpigmentation scars, rather than deep, pitted scars. However, CBD has the potential to improve the appearance of any scar by keeping your skin well-hydrated and free from inflammation.
Is CBD legal? CBD products that contain trace amounts of THC (less than 0.3%) are now legal on a federal level in the United States. However, they are not FDA-approved, and may still be illegal in certain states. Check your local laws before making a purchase.
Using CBD is one of the best ways to treat acne naturally. It’s safe, easy, and can even have benefits for other aspects of your life. We hope our tips and tricks have helped you figure out the best way to use CBD for acne. And remember: choosing good products and being consistent in your skincare routine will make all the difference.