Does CBD Oil Help Acne?



Dr. Patel,

I’m getting desperate to try anything to stop my Acne. I’ve had it for years and it’s the sole reason for loosing my confidence. Some days I’m so embarrassed by it that I don’t even want to go out in public.

I’m seeing a dermatologist. He’s great, but I’m having to use steroids and acids on my face, along with an antibiotic daily! And, I can only imagine the repercussions of using these chemicals long-term.

I’ve been reading online that CBD Oil works wonders for Acne. But, does CBD Oil really help Acne? It would great to use a treatment that’s botanically-derived.

Peoria, IL

Laura, I think there’s hope with using CBD Oil for Acne.

Let’s dive into the research and then I’ll walk you through the results my patients have experienced.

CBD Oil for Acne: The Research

We as humans are the only animals that struggle with Acne. Why? Because we don’t have fur. So, to protect the skin, sebaceous glands secrete oil – sebum – especially delicate areas like the face.

We run into problems like breakouts when the sebaceous glands produce too much sebum.

Having said that, there are cannabinoid receptors located throughout sebaceous glands on the face.

And, research shows that CBD – by interacting with the cannabinoid receptors – helps acne in two ways

  1. It regulates the production of sebum.
  2. It soothes inflammation-reducing swelling and redness.

CBD Oil for Acne: The Results

Alright, now, let’s dive into the results I’ve seen in the patients I’ve treated.

Treating Acne with CBD Oil

Like injecting a steroid into a pimple, when you use CBD Oil, the breakouts start to shrink and the CBD Oil noticeably reduces redness. While the Acne may not completely disappear, the breakouts are noticeably smaller and definitely less red. And, of course, less painful.

Preventing Acne with CBD Oil

When it comes to preventing Acne with CBD Oil, the results overall have been mixed. Some have had success, others haven’t.

In the cases of patients who have had CBD Oil benefits, they saw a difference generally over about 4 to 8 weeks. They’ve reported fewer breakouts. They said that there’s less redness. Some have also reported that the scars from previous blemishes tend to fade.

Overall, the patients who have had success with CBD Oil, feel more comfortable and secure in their own skin. They’re more confident about how they look – so much so that they don’t feel the need to wear as much make-up.

How to Use CBD Oil for Acne

If you’ve taken the aforementioned information to heart and want to experiment with CBD oil as a potential treatment for your acne, here’s what you need to know.

  • Look for CBD Oil products that have all-natural ingredients. You don’t want to buy a CBD product that’s chock full of harsh chemicals that end up irritating your skin. You want to make sure the ingredients are non-comedogenic. In other words, they don’t clog pores.
  • You could just keep it simple, which is how I like to do it. Just mix CBD oil with coconut oil if you have dry skin or with rose water if you have oily skin to create your own CBD-based Acne treatment. Or, you could also spot treat the Acne by dabbing CBD Oil.

By the way, make sure your CBD Oil has been tested for fungus and bacteria. You don’t want to end up with an infection on your face because you used a CBD Oil that’s contaminated with fungus or bacteria.

  • Try a patch test to make sure you won’t get an unwanted reaction.
  • If there’s any irritation, you can assume that you’re sensitive to the CBD oil and shouldn’t use it. If you have a reaction, immediately wash off the CBD Oil with soap and water.

Overall, I’d say generally CBD is well tolerated by most skin types, but just like you would with any other product, start by using CBD Oil with caution and stop using it if you develop an adverse reaction to it.


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