CBD for acne? Are you one of the 50 million people in the US who suffers from acne? (1)
Did you know that CBD’s effects on the endocannabinoid system may prevent acne and help clear up skin conditions? This promising CBD for acne treatment could significantly help literally millions of people suffering from acne. Before we talk about how effective is CBD for acne, we need to understand what acne are.
Acne can strike at any age. Although it’s more common among teenagers, and sometimes in women going through menopause, acne affects an estimated 50 million people in the United States each year.
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Acne surfaces during times of hormonal imbalance. When glands produce more oil than normal, skin pores get clogged, allowing bacteria to grow.
It primarily affects areas of the skin with a relatively high number of oil glands (5), including
- the face,
- upper part of the chest,
- back and
Acne is one of the most common skin conditions and consumers spend over $1 billion annually to treat acne.
Human skin has pores that connect to oil glands under the skin. Follicles connect the glands to the pores. Follicles are small sacs that produce and secrete liquid.
The glands produce an oily liquid (6) called sebum. Sebum carries dead skin cells through the follicles to the surface of the skin. A small hair grows through the follicle out of the skin.
Pimples grow when these follicles get blocked, and oil builds up under the skin.
Skin cells, sebum, and hair can clump together into a plug. This plug gets infected with bacteria, and swelling results. A pimple starts to develop when the plug begins to break down.
Propionibacterium acnes (P. acnes) is the name of the bacteria that live on the skin and contributes to the infection of pimples.
Research suggests (7) that the severity and frequency of acne depend on the strain of bacteria. Not all acne bacteria trigger pimples. One strain helps to keep the skin pimple-free.
Some facts about acne
- Acne is a skin disease involving the oil glands at the base of hair follicles.
- It affects 3 in every 4 people aged 11 to 30 years.
- It is not dangerous, but it can leave skin scars.
- Treatment depends on how severe and persistent it is.
- Risk factors include genetics, puberty the menstrual cycle, anxiety and stress, hot and humid climates, using oil-based makeup, and squeezing pimples.
What causes acne?
- Anxiety and Strees
- Environmental factors
- Greasy cosmetics
The resulting appearance can lead to:
There are two main types of acne:
- non-inflammatory acne
- inflammatory acne.
Non-inflammatory acne is the easiest form of acne to treat but that doesn’t mean it’s any less embarrassing than other types of acne. This type of acne is characterized by the appearance of blackheads and whiteheads.
Inflammatory acne means that the clogged pores are infected with bacteria and have turned into papules (pimples that don’t contain pus), pustules (pimples that contain pus), or cysts (inflammatory nodules). When the bacteria multiply and the immune system fights back, the affected skin tissue also reddens and swells. The pimples caused by inflammatory acne are usually very painful.
Types of Acne:
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The majority of people who suffer from Acne deal with the occasional whiteheads. Whiteheads remain under the skin and are small.
What are Whiteheads?
Whiteheads are a mild form of acne that appears as small, round, white bumps on the skin’s surface. Whiteheads occurs when a pore becomes clogged with sebum, dead skin cells, and debris. If this clogged pore is covered with a thin layer of skin, it appears white on its surface. Whiteheads commonly appear on the face, shoulders, neck, chest, and back.
Whiteheads are actually evidence that your body is attempting to push out an infection. The small bump of an infected pore indicates your skin’s efforts to push out any bacteria present. While whiteheads may seem like they pop up overnight, the formation of these closed comedones can actually take up to two months.
What causes Whiteheads?
- Life’s Hormonal Changes
- Lifestyle Habits
- Cleansing Routines
You have a T-zone dotted with ugly blackheads? Well, guess what… It’s not just you. It may feel that way. But pretty much everyone gets blackheads at some point. That’s because blackheads are the result of natural, healthy processes that occur in everyone’s skin.
Blackheads are clearly visible, they are black and appear on the surface of the skin. A blackhead is a plugged hair follicle.
We have about 5 million hair follicles on our body, including hundreds of thousands of them on our face. When we think about it that way, we have to wonder why we don’t get many more blackheads than we do.
Each of the 5 million follicles contains one hair and a sebaceous gland that produces sebum oil to help keep your skin soft. When your skin sheds dead skin cells, they get into the follicle, mix with the oil and form a plug that pushes to the surface and forms a bump called a comedone.
If the skin over the bump remains intact, the comedone is called a whitehead. But when the skin around the bump opens, air gets in. That causes the sebum oil to oxidize and turn black (or sometimes yellowish) in color. Even though the blackheads look like specks of dirt embedded in your skin, you know understand that the dark color is not caused by dirt; instead, this is the color sebum takes after being exposed to air. A new blackhead is born!
In addition to the T-zone and chin, blackheads can also show up on the back, chest, neck, arms and shoulders.
What causes blackheads?
While most of the blackheads are the result of natural functions taking place in your skin and body, especially in puberty, there are also other contributing factors:
- If your skin isn’t cleaned properly.
- If you use oil-based cosmetics
- Is there is a lot of pollution.
Papules are small, usually pink bumps, these are visible on the surface of the skin.
What are papules?
A papule is a tiny pimple (less than .5 centimeters wide). It usually has a dome shape. Papules are sometimes called »pinheads«. Papules do not contain pus. A large number of papules may indicate to severe acne.
Papules develop when the hair follicle (pore) becomes clogged with skin cells and excess oil.
The extra oil in the comedo plug oil makes good ‘food’ for a specific resident of the skin, bacteria. These bacteria happily multiply.
All this extra material building up in the pore puts pressure on the follicle. With enough pressure, the follicle wall ruptures. The material spills out into the surrounding skin, causing irritation. The skin becomes red, inflamed, and sore.
A pustule is the medical term for the classic pimple. Pustules are clearly visible on the surface of the skin. They are red at their base and have pus* at the top.
*What is pus?
Pus is a whitish-yellow, yellow, or brown-yellow protein-rich fluid called liquor puris that accumulates at the site of an infection.
It consists of a buildup of dead, white blood cells that form when the body’s immune system responds to the infection.
When the buildup is on or near the surface of the skin, it is called a pustule or pimple. An accumulation of pus in an enclosed tissue space is called an abscess.
Pustules are also the result of an increase in oil and bacteria trapped inside the pore by dead skin cells. As we said, papules occur when the clogging causes a hair follicle to become inflamed. When this happens, the body’s immune system sends white blood cells to fight the infection. The pus develops when the white blood cells die and collect inside the papule turning it into a pustule.
Avoid picking or squeezing pustules. Picking can cause scars or dark spots to develop on the skin.
Nodules are clearly visible on the surface of the skin. They are large, solid, painful pimples that are embedded deep in the skin. They feel firm to the touch.
Nodules are also similar to papules — they both form because of a blockage of the hair follicle. But nodules happen deeper in the skin and are a more serious form of a blemish than a papule. They happen when there is a deep break in the follicle wall and the infected material spills into the dermis.
Nodules take a lot longer to heal than papules. Nodules can sometimes take months to heal. There’s a higher chance of developing scarring with nodules.
Cysts are clearly visible on the surface of the skin. They are painful and filled with pus. Cysts happens when the infection goes deeper into the skin, creating a red, tender bump that’s full of pus. It usually hurt or itch. If a cysts bursts, the infection can spread, causing more breakouts. Cysts can cause scars.
We’re most likely to develop cystic acne in our teens or early 20s, but it can also strike someone as young as 10 or as old as 50. Cysts are more common in men, but women can also get them, too.
Acne conglobata occurs when acne cysts and nodules begin to grow together deep below the skin. It’s a highly inflammatory disease, a form of nodulocystic acne, a rare but serious inflammatory skin condition that primarily forms on your face, back and chest. Breakouts often drain bad-smelling pus. What separates acne conglobata from the most common nodulocystic acne is that acne conglobata causes large draining abscesses and sinus tracts. Now, these sinus tracts don’t have anything to do with the sinuses of your respiratory tract. Sinus tracts are long, tunneling wounds under the surface of the skin.
In acne conglobata, deep breakouts grow and spread beneath the skin’s surface. The breakouts join up with each other, causing these deep wounds.
This condition generally begins between the agees of 18 and 30. It usually persisit for a very long time, and often until the age of 40.
Acne conglobata is more common in men and is sometimes caused by taking steroids or testosterone. It can also happen to someone who has a tumor that is releasing large amounts of androgens, or to people with leukemia or other autoinflammatory disorders. Acne conglobata runs in families, so it may have a genetic component.
Acne conglobata is challenging to treat and it’s difficult to control with over-the-counter medication because it spreads deep below your skin through the sinuses.
The key is to get treatment early; acne conglobata can spread quickly. Since acne conglobata does extreme damage to the skin’s structure, it almost always leaves scarring, unfortunately. Early intervention can help reduce future scar. As the condition heals, there may remain dark spots. Another possible complication is skin disfiguration. Getting the nodules under control is the pressing goal.
Just because your acne is severe, it doesn’t automatically mean you have acne conglobata. Acne conglobata is rare, so odds are what you really have is nodulocystic acne vulgaris.
How can you prevent acne?
Stress can also lead to excess hormone production which in turn can cause acne. Basically, when you’re under pressure, your skin produces stress hormones, including cortisol, that can stimulate your oil glands to make testosterone. This then increases more oil production, clogging your pores. On
of the keys to a clear complexion is a stress free life. You can combat day to day stress through exercise, proper diet, and relaxation methods like deep breathing, yoga etc. Try to take time out of your busy schedule to focus on yourself.
Avoid certain medicines
Many medicines like oral contraceptives, steroids, iodides and lithium can lead to acne lesions. Talk to your doctor if you are taking these medicines.
Watch what you eat
Improper eating habits can also be one of the non inflammatory acne causes. So watch what you eat. A healthy diet for clear skin ideally includes fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean meat. Avoid refined products containing dyes, sugar and preservatives. Stay away from dairy, gluten, soy and other allergens. Keeping a food journal can help as it will help you identify foods that trigger acne flare ups.
Avoid over cleansing
Washing your face over and over causes excess oil production which could lead to acne. Wash your face no more that twice a day with lukewarm water.
Refrain from touching the face
Do not scrub the skin or burst the pimples. This may push the infection further down, causing more blocking, swelling and redness. Also avoid popping pimples. Not touching your face works wonders for your complexion, because it allows your zits to heal on their own, leaving your skin scar-free.
Handbags, scarves, pillowcases etc can all cause friction and lead to acne. Try to avoid these as far as possible. Wash pillowcases, yoga mats and scarves to limit bacteria.
Wear proper clothes
If your acne is on the neck, shoulders or chest try wearing loose clothing made from cotton to let the skin breathe. Avoid tight garments.
Be careful what you apply to the skin
Choose quality makeup for sensitive skin and avoid oil-based products. On the day you stay at home, it’s not necessary to apply the make up. Let your skin breathe. And never forget to remove makeup before sleeping. But be careful, harsh exfoliants can cause tons of trouble. Use a gentle cleanser instead. Do you use make-up brushes? Give them a regular wash too.
If you are using conventional acne medication this can be super-drying. The fix? Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize!
Every time you light up a cigarette, you decrease the amount of oxygen that goes to your facial skin. Smoking not only predisposes you to cancer, it causes the breakdown of collagen and elastin that leads to wrinkles and increased pore size. The carcinogens in the smoke also irritates your skin and dries it out, triggering it to produce more oil and possibly more breakouts. Don’t smoke. It’s as simple as that. You’ll live longer and have clearer skin.
Choose the right detergent
Some of the chemicals in certain laundry detergents can be too harsh for your skin. And once you slip on your clothes or lie on your pillow, your complexion might react to the residue that’s left on the fabric, resulting in breakouts on your face, back, butt, chest, etc. Choose a detergent that’s fragrance- and dye-free.
Follow a healthy lifestyle
Get plenty of sleep and exercise. Watch what you eat and drink. Drink enough water and try to not stress out.
CBD for Acne
Your acne won’t go away, and you don’t know why. You’ve cleansed every morning and night. You’ve tried every product in the drugstore aisle. And nothing is making a difference.
In mild acne cases, over-the-counter products may help. But you could also be wasting your time and money in not optimizing your acne treatment regimen right away.
Besides throwing away cash on the wrong products you could actually be risking long-term scarring. It is bad enough to have acne, but to then have it leave permanent residual marks is much worse.
Next time you roll up to the acne-treatment section at the drugstore, think twice. CBD for acne might be the answer you’re looking for. All natural treatment without ANY side effects – and it delivers seriously effective results!
What is CBD oil?
CBD is short for Cannabidiol. It’s a chemical substance found in cannabis plant among more than 113 major cannabinoids. CBD beside THC is one of the most studied cannabis compounds. CBD has significant medical benefits and on the other hand it does not make people feel »stoned« or »high« like THC does. CBD extract contains only traces amount of THC and is extracted from Hemp – industrial (agricultural) cannabis plant. Hemp is a variety of cannabis plant that has less than 0.3% THC.
CBD has been recognized for its incredible benefits on human health and is capable of affecting nearly every biological process.
CBD has been used for a variety of different medical conditions, including depression and anxiety, chronic pain, arthritis, migraines, cancer, heart health, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, PTSD and so much more.
How does CBD for acne work?
Like the other organs in our body, our glands and hair follicles contain CB1 and CB2 receptors. These receptors work to communicate with the nervous system to produce different effects, such as reduction of inflammation.
CBD oil may reduce acne because of its anti-inflammatory properties that may work to reduce the visible inflammation caused by clogged hair follicles. In addition to the anti-inflammatory function, CBD for acne may also help treat acne in a number of other ways.
CBD activates the endocannabinoid system which is classed as a homeostatic regulator, meaning it is constantly working to bring about a state of balance to our bodies and minds. When this isn’t balanced, it can negatively impact the skin. CBD may also help control overactive oil production, which is one of the key causes of acne. Because of it’s anti-inflammatory benefits CBD may also help with eczema, redness, rosacea, dandruff, itching and relieve the pain. By normalizing the amount of sebum produced, CBD for acne is active in addressing the root cause of acne, not just treating the symptoms.
You could benefit from CBD in many other ways, not only it can help reduce the appearance of acne. If you’ve tried everything out there for acne with poor or no results or you don’t like the side effects that come along with many over-the-counter products and prescription medications, consider taking CDB for acne.
It is recommended to take CBD oil as a daily supplement to help with acne and any other deeper issues, such as inflammation.
You can also support your CBD therapy with CBD cream. The daily skin care routine will have extensive benefits, to both your acne and other skin issues that you might be having. And interestingly, CBD may also have anti-aging and protective benefits for the skin.
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Therefore, CBD may be extremely effective in combating acne in three ways:
- by inhibiting oil production
- decreasing anxiety and stress
- reducing inflammation.
Severe acne can be debilitating, both physically and emotionally. Although acne is not a life treatening disease, the impairment of quality of life could be tremendous. Dealing with acne is challenging, but you can get through it.
It appears that CBD for acne tackles acne in a multifaceted approach, which is exactly what is needed when it comes to chronic acne that is unresponsive to topicals and medications. This is all-natural treatment without any side effects and without using harsh and toxic chemicals.
With using CBD for acne there also may be a dramatic effect in your life, physically and mentally.