Oils in skincare: Hemp oil for acne

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Buff & Butter Organic Hemp oil 10 ml

I have mentioned before in a few posts that I had acne for a long time now. As such, I am always on the lookout for new ways of treating / eliminating it. I came across a few articles regarding the benefits of Hemp oil for acne and I thought I’d try it. Having taken saw palmetto for a while now, which helped tremendously with my acne, my skin looks miles better. But as that time of the month approaches due to hormonal fluctuations, I still get breakouts. In fact I have just had a 2 and a half week of hell where I broke out, no matter how healthy I ate and no matter the saw palmetto. I have to say I am growing very frustrated at this point. I am 33 years old and can’t believe that I still have to think about acne cures when really, I should be (and have been) looking for wrinkle preventing products!

Long story short I have been using hemp oil since the middle of March, that would be about 2 and a half months now. The effects are not miraculous but it’s been helping to normalize the sebum production in my skin. That is what hemp oil does. It does not make existing spots go away, or heal scars (there’s rosehip for that). It helps normalize sebum due to the linoleic acid content of the oil and as a result the breakouts reduce or completely stop depending on that time of the month. As with every external remedy you can’t expect to be able to ignore your diet and just roll with the hemp seed as it doesn’t fix internal issues. I am going through a difficult period of my life right now so it could be partly stress induced. I have my chest covered in it as well. I noticed that if I use my current body lotion (Bioderma atoderm) on the chest area, it breaks me out as it is way too rich for that area. If you get body acne I highly recommend, moisturizing the chest area with something different, as people who are prone to breakouts there will have overactive sebaceous glands on the chest too. I put the hemp seed oil on my chest and it helped, as ever since I didn’t have another new spot there and the existing ones are fading thanks to a topical oil solution.

The one I bought is from amazon. I got a 10 ml bottle for £1.90 as I didn’t know if it is going to help or not. I think this is a really good way of trying new oils, because if it doesn’t work at least I didn’t spend a fortune and don’t have to throw away wast quantities. I recommend to go for a smaller size and it is easy as most oils come in 10 ml versions. As always it doesn’t have to be the one I bought, just make sure it is organic and fit to use on the skin. The bottle I have has a little internal stopper like thingy (don’t know how else to describe it), which makes sure that you can turn it upside down and release the oil in small drops and makes sure the bottle does not leak. I have made the mistake of removing this as I found it was not dripping fast enough. As a result whenever I accidentally knock this over it seeps out of the bottle.

Apart from this minor nuisance it has been very beneficial. The scent is very light, almost like freshly cut grass. It is a lightweight oil and sinks into the skin really quickly. It doesn’t leave a greasy layer, just make sure you use a few drops. The colour is light green but it doesn’t stain the skin. It is perfectly legal as the oil is extracted from the cannabis seeds and not the plant itself, therefore it doesn’t contain any of the psychoactive elements. The best part is that the comedogenic rate of this oil is 0 meaning it won’t clog your pores, thus is perfect for acne.

Another great benefit of hemp seed oil is that it helps with the signs of aging too. This is especially important as I find that this oil has to be the first on your skin after cleansing, meaning I have to skip the peptide serum that I use in the evening whenever I apply this, or I have to wait 10 minutes for the serum to sink in otherwise the oil will “ball up” on the surface. I don’t always have that time to wait, so it is a great benefit to have. I can’t use the peptide serum after the hemp oil either as oils are big on the molecular scale and have to be the last thing you put on your skin. Oils will also form a barrier, making anything light or water based impossible to penetrate the skin.

I hope this was helpful to you and thanks for reading.

 

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