Acne: In a Nutshell
Acne is an umbrella term for pimples, whiteheads, blackheads, papules, nodules, and cysts. Acne is the most common human skin disease. In fact, according to the American Academy of Dermatology, up to 50 million Americans experience acne every year. The cost of acne-related treatment is even more shocking – exceeding $3 billion. Almost everyone has been affected by acne at some point, and, while it is associated with the high school years, it can happen at any age. Acne can appear on any person, and on a variety of areas.
The surest way to get acne is to have a photo shoot planned. Be it for your wedding, your senior yearbook, or a portfolio – acne has a way of appearing minutes before the camera clicks. Jokes aside, the actual cause of acne is when pores become clogged with oil and dead skin cells. Bacteria, which can inflame the skin making it swollen and red, also play a part in acne and their appearance.
The underlying causes of acne could be stress, certain medications, hormones, or your diet. Stress increases the hormone cortisol that produces oil (sebum). Oil glands connected to hair follicles (pores), which mean that excess oil production will cause the follicles to clog up. Areas that have the most oil glands, like the face, upper back, and chest, are more prone to acne than others. Oil production is also affected by hormonal changes.
Because of this, teenagers going through puberty are more likely to get acne. During puberty, androgen hormones increase in girls and boys, causing oil glands to enlarge and release more oil.
Hormonal changes related to oral contraception, pregnancy, and menstruation can also affect oil production. Studies have shown certain dietary factors to aggravate acne as well. Diets containing high amounts of carbohydrates, skim milk, and chocolate worsens symptoms of acne.
Certain medications can also trigger acne. These include drugs that contain lithium, testosterone or corticosteroids.
While some people believe that those who suffer from acne should leave it to run its course, the medical community disagrees. If left untreated, acne can cause dark spots and scarring.
Moreover, having bad acne can cause emotional distress, like lowered self-esteem and depression. For these reasons, it is recommended that acne is dealt with as soon as possible. Typical treatment is the use of oral antibiotics, but these can be taxing on your skin. Luckily, there is a natural alternative – CBD.
What makes CBD an effective acne treatment?
While you shouldn’t replace your dermatologist just yet, CBD is sure to treat your acne and help with a various number. CBD acts on receptors that not only help to reduce inflammation of the skin, but also anxiety.
Anxiety can lead to excess oil production and reduced anxiety means reduced acne breakouts. The National Institute of Health and the Journal of Clinical Investigation conducted a study that found CBD has skin regenerating properties.
The study further revealed that CBD has the ability to reduce sebum, and in the process, acne. These results were backed up by the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology.
In their study on the effects of CBD on the skin, it was found that cannabinoids protect the skin from blemishes and dryness. In addition to this, both studies revealed that the benefits of CBD go beyond acne treatment in that they have the potential to also treat conditions like psoriasis and dermatitis.
Another study on the effects of CBD was conducted by the Hungarian scientist, Dr. Tamas Biro. The goal of his research was to understand how CBD interacts with the natural endocannabinoids that the human body produces. Endocannabinoids plays a huge part in determining how much sebum our skin produces. They also help regulate our skin’s immune response.
After applying CBD to skin cells, Biro noticed that sebum production ceased. This study is another example of how using CBD can prevent excess oil from being released and plugging up. The impact of CBD on acne has been the focus of many other studies. Another concluded that when CBD is applied to oil glands, the spread of oil-producing cells, decreased quite a lot.
The study further determined that CBD is a promising therapeutic agent for acne treatment.
From the numerous studies showing the positive effects of CBD on acne, it is clear that CBD is an effective treatment. This leads us to the next question – How does one use CBD for acne treatment?
CBD based topical is the easiest and most affordable way to administer CBD for acne. This is because topical can be applied directly to the affected area, which ensures their healing properties have maximum impact.
These are available in the form of simple oils, scrubs or balms. Besides treating acne, topical CBD products are further known to offer relief from rashes, arthritis, eczema, dry skin, sunburn, chapped lips, bug bites, burns, and much more.
Once rubbed in a gentle manner onto the affected area, a CBD topical will absorb into the skin, slowly supplying its healing properties. This is great because it means the effects of one application will last a long time.
A CBD topical will never breakthrough into the bloodstream, so you won’t experience a change in mood. The topical will only signal the CB2 receptors, which are found throughout your body, for relief.
Applying a small amount of a CBD based topical on the affected area can decrease inflammation and reddishness, as well as oil production. Less oil production will relieve your current acne and help reduce the chance of new acne appearing.
While, by reducing inflammation, CBD will lessen the prominence of your acne. Besides, inflammation can be pretty painful and often makes us touch and apply pressure to our face.
This only adds more dirt and bacteria from our hands to our already blemished face, increasing the likelihood of another breakout. Owing to the anti-inflammatory and oil-reducing properties of CBD, it is definitely a useful treatment for acne. What’s more, is that CBD has no known side effects and offers your skin other regenerating properties.