It is estimated that around 50 million Americans are affected by acne, which means that the disorder is currently the most common skin condition in the U.S.A. Acne is caused by various factors including a hectic lifestyle, poor diet, hormonal changes, and genetics.
Usually, breakouts occur on the face, back, shoulders, and neck, i.e. those body parts with the most active oil glands. In some severe cases, prescription meds and facial treatments are required to tame the oil glands, while in less severe cases, a few lifestyle changes paired with a mild topical skin care treatment is all you’ll need.
Acne: Symptoms and Causes
Acne occurs when the oil glands under the skin become clogged with sebum, dirt, and bacteria. The condition is most common in people with oily skin, teens, and people undergoing abrupt hormonal changes. When the tunnels that link pores with oil glands become blocked, a pimple grows. In some cases, acne appears like a whitehead. In the case of blackheads, melanin gets oxidized and the skin-colored bump turns black.
While blackheads are also known as open comedones, whiteheads are scientifically referred to as closed comedones since air isn’t able to enter the tunnel and there is no chemical reaction to turn the bump black. Whiteheads usually develop into inflamed pores with pus at their tip aka pimples. Both whiteheads and blackheads are mild forms of acne.
More severe forms of acne include nodules, pus-packed lumps also known as cystic lesions, and papules. Severe acne usually requires medical attention.
The most common causes of acne and factors that can make it worse include:
- Excess oil production
- Hormonal changes
- Poor diet
- Air Pollution
Excess oil production: Skin types with excess oil production issues often have to deal with acne as the hair follicles routinely get clogged by excess oil, bacteria, and dead skin cells. The most common causes of an oily skin include poor diet, genetics, environment, hormonal fluctuations, or an uninspired skin care regimen.
Hormonal changes: People affected by abrupt hormonal changes, such as teens, pregnant women, women at menopause or during their period, are usually affected by acne. This is because the body releases a large quantity of male hormones also known as androgens which push skin oil production into overdrive. Birth control pills can also boost sebum production in the long run.
Medication: Drugs that help fight inflammation known as steroids, some antidepressants, drugs that contain lithium especially those prescribed for patients with bipolar disorder (BPD), and various drugs containing corticosteroids and androgens, including testosterone, may all cause acne breakouts.
Poor Diet: A poor diet has been routinely linked to a high risk of persistent acne. Refined carbohydrates, white sugar, processed foods, fast foods, and sugary drinks can all lead to acne or make acne worse. The most common foods tied to a higher-than-usual risk of acne include chocolate, cow’s milk, burgers, fried foods, sugar, carbohydrate-rich foods (such as white bread, cookies, pastry, etc.), and iodized salt.
Air Pollution: Polluted air does not only up the risk of respiratory conditions and premature ageing, but it may also make acne and other skin conditions worse. A comprehensive review has found that severely polluted areas may be behind a worsening in inflammatory acne symptoms in both Caucasian and Asian women.
Genes: If one or both parents have persistent acne issues, the risk of their offspring to develop the condition is increased by fourfold. So, genetics plays a huge part in acne prevalence.
Stress: Being stressed out can make your acne worse even though stress does not cause the skin condition directly. Stress, on the other hand, can lead to nasty hormonal changes as the body keeps producing the stress hormone cortisol along with testosterone to help you cope with stressful situations. As a result, oil glands go into overdrive, upping the risk of acne flares.
Makeup: Greasy makeup products that clog the pores can make acne worse. If your skin is prone to acne use oil-free or water-based makeup. Also, pick only the beauty and skin care products labeled as “non-comedogenic,” which means that they are designed to not clog the pores.
If left untreated, acne may lead to plenty of emotional distress and cause skin scars. Fortunately, there are some effective treatments out there, with benzoyl peroxide, antibiotics, and retinoids being on the front line of defense. If drugstore or home remedies fail to clear your acne, we recommend seeking medical attention from a dermatologist.
In less severe cases, you can try eliminating the foods that cause you to break out, take up exercise to keep stress under control, and try a tried-and-tested natural remedy for acne. One of those remedies is CBD oil.
What Is CBD Oil?
CBD is one of the 100+ active natural compounds in the Cannabis Sativa plant. It can be extracted from both marijuana and industrial hemp. The two plants are often being referred to as “kissing cousins,” but CBD oil derived from hemp does not contain THC, marijuana’s psychoactive compound behind the “high” feeling in pot smokers. This means that hemp-based CBD oil is safe for work as it won’t get you high.
Can CBD Oil Help Cure Acne?
Several animal studies have shown that CBD can treat acne and other skin conditions due to its anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties and its ability to regulate sebum production. However, CBD’s effectiveness in helping you get rid of acne largely depends on the severity of the condition and its causes.
CBD can help cure some types of acne as it can normalize overactive sebaceous glands. Plus, it has anti-inflammatory properties, which can be of great help against those unsightly and tender bumps.
To treat acne, CBD oil can be applied directly on to the skin but ensure that the carrier oil (e.g. olive oil, shea butter, coconut oil, or argan oil) works best with your skin type. We chose Kukui nut oil as carrier oil for our line of CBD face and body oils because it has been used by Hawaiians as a wonder massage oil fit for all skin types from time immemorial. Kukui oil is also a powerful anti-oxidant packed with healthy fats and vitamins.
You can also take CBD oil internally and let the anti-inflammatory compounds work their thing and treat acne from within. However, research has proven CBD effective at treating acne only when applied topically, which might be the best course of action for now.
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