Acne has long been the bane of people's existence, no matter what age they are. For those who have tried everything on the market, natural ways to fight acne are more than welcome. There has been a surge of new and natural ways to get rid of acne, ranging from raw fruit masks to unconventional methods such as feminine wash. One such method is through the use of CBD oil.

CBD oil is an oil that contains concentrations of CBD or cannabidiol. CBD can be found in Marijuana as one of its compounds. Whereas THC is responsible for creating a mind-altering high, CBD focuses more on the body. The human body produces its own certain cannabinoids and as such, have receptors for cannabinoid. These are the CB1 receptors and the CB2 receptors. The former deals with coordination, movement, emotions, mood, pain, appetite, memories, and the like while the latter deals with our immune system and affect things such as inflammation and pain.

CBD oil People have been using CBD Oil for its many benefits. But can it be used to treat acne? Photo: Gibraltar Organics/ Flickr

There is evidence to suggest that CBD oil may be used to treat acne. This is due to CBD oil’s role in adjusting how much sebum the body produces. CBD oil can regulate oil production, thus reducing acne and breakouts.

A 2014 study explored human sebocytes, cells that create sebum, and its reaction to CBD. This study found that CBD prevented the sebocytes from producing too much of the oily sebum. This helps in reducing acne since oil production is regulated and does not clog pores, therefore preventing any breakouts. Additionally, this study revealed that CBD oil triggers an anti-inflammatory reaction within cells and prevents the activation of inflammatory cytokines, peptides that may trigger acne.

Carrier Oil When using CBD Oil to treat acne, be sure to mix it with a carrier oil. Once mixed, apply onto the affected area. Photo: Steve Buissinne / Pixabay

To treat acne with CBD oil, simply mix it with a carrier oil and apply directly to the affected area. Be sure to use a carrier oil that agrees with your skin. Possible carrier oils you can choose from are coconut oil, olive oil, shea butter and argan oil.

There are also CBD oil products that you can take orally, since the anti-inflammatory compounds found in CBD are still active even when taken via the oral route. However, topical application of the oil is still the best way to deal with acne, based on some studies.