August 20, 2022 5 min read

CAN CBD HELP CYSTIC ACNE?

In the modern world of medicine, many tend to depend on pharmaceutical drugs but have ignored natural remedies that still work for certain ails we have. The marijuana plant has long been used in Asian cultures and worldwide for medicinal purposes.

The plant was mixed with other plants and herbs for ailing pain and anxiety; although modern researchers explore the plants' pain-relieving traits too, there is more to what the plant can do. CBD, a compound in the cannabis plant, has been used recently for many health issues, even helping with skin conditions such as acne and eczema.

What is Cystic Acne?

Acne is a health issue for people of all ages; it is a skin condition that occurs when a person's hair follicle gets filled with oil, dead skin, or sweat. This can sometimes be very emotionally stressful to some people and can cause whiteheads, blackheads, or pimples on the face. Acne is most common in teenagers, although it can occur even in those who are past the age of adolescence.

Cystic acne is the most brutal type; it can cause pus-filled pimples to form on the face. These pimples can sometimes be hard to deal with and can cause some people to be emotionally stressed about what is going on in their faces. Many don’t know what causes acne, although others attribute acne to fatty foods, chocolate, or sugary foods. Many acne treatments are available nowadays, and pharmaceutical drugs might be prescribed to you by the doctor, although this acne can still be persistent. It might seem as if one wave of acne goes away; other pimples start popping up. However, modern studies on CBD might be the answer for your recurring acne.

What is CBD?

CBD is one of the many compounds found in the cannabis plant; it’s one of the most interesting compounds of the cannabis plant because of its beneficial properties for several health issues. Cannabidiol (CBD) is much different from THC, another compound found in the cannabis plant, although they have similar structures. CBD doesn't make you feel 'high' like its cousin compound, THC. However, because there has been a misunderstanding of the cannabis plant, many restrictions have been put in place.

CBD products are made only legal if they have a THC level of below 0.3%, which is why most CBD products use hemp because they have a much lower level of THC concentration. These CBD products come in many forms, so you can pick what is comfortable for you. Some edibles, topicals, and vape juices can be used for medical purposes.

How does CBD Work?

CBD has amazing effects on the human body. According to Dawczak-Dębicka et al. (2022), CBD has had amazing effects on pain and inflammation and has proved itself a reliable natural remedy. CBD has had amazing success. Pessemier et al. (2021) suggested that it might help fight acne root causes such as the overproduction of sebum- an oily substance that is produced by sebocytes skin cells, the overgrowth of Cutibacterium- a bacteria that may be the main contribution to acne, the increase of sebocytes cells and inflammation. This anti-inflammatory capability and its anti-microbial properties have made researchers believe acne has the potential as a therapeutic aid for those with acne.

While there are many promising results from studies on CBD products on acne, human trials on these products are still very few, and more humans are needed for a much more understanding. Many patients, however, can no longer wait; many have opted for CBD products to help them with the effects of acne on their skin. So how do you use CBD products for acne?

CBD for Acne

There are many CBD products, from CBD topicals to edibles and CBD oils. These many types of CBD products offer the user a wide range of options when choosing what they feel will be best for them. However, because acne affects the skin, the need for an effective form is most important.

CBD topicals are a great option if you try CBD products to treat acne. Topicals work by being applied directly to the skin to help with inflammation and pain. In addition, topicals are combined with other ingredients that are beneficial to the skin. Many topical CBD products might have different ingredients such as aloe Vera, green tea, tea oil, and coconut oil, which offer a renewing effect on your skin and might help fight acne. Choose from creams, lotions, salves, and balms that offer an easier way to be applied in areas where acne is present.

When choosing the amount of dosage of CBD products to use, it all depends on many factors. These factors might include the intensity of your acne and how frequently you have been using CBD products. Although there is no exact dosage of CBD products, you can start by using a slight amount of CBD products and observing how this amount works on your skin and acne before choosing to apply a large amount of CBD products.  It is highly advisable to take a patch test to find out if CBD products might be reactive to your skin. Although CBD products might have an impressive effect on human health and wellbeing, each individual should take caution.

Apart from being just effective on acne, CBD products might just be the right choice for you if you wish to have an overall improved skin. Its anti-inflammatory properties may also help with Eczema and psoriasis, according to Ikarashi et al. (2021), and its antioxidant effect might just be the key to solving aging and wrinkles on your skin. Although there are many suggestions that CBD can help with these skin conditions, more direct research is needed to back up these claims.

Conclusion

With all this positive research and results on CBD, you will not be surprised to find more and more ways in which CBD might be a savior in our human livelihood. Although more human trials are still needed to prove how CBD might help with acne and other skin diseases such as eczema and psoriasis, the positive research is enough to show the path that is forming. CBD products continue to impress as a wonder to what they might impact human health. Just choose the right CBD product when you have decided to opt for CBD products.

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