August 22, 2022 5 min read

What Does Hemp Do For Your Skin?

Hemp is gaining popularity as a treatment for several ailments, especially those related to the skin and stress. Additionally, research suggests that hemp oil might help decrease inflammation. Along with cannabidiol (CBD), hemp oil is rich in unsaturated omega-6 and omega-3, sometimes known as "good fats," and all nine necessary amino acids.

What Are The Skin Benefits Of Hemp Oil?

Hempseed oil, whether applied topically or consumed internally, may provide a variety of advantages for the skin.

Reduces Oil Output To Sustainable Levels

When it comes to moisturizing without causing breakouts, hemp oil is the best option for people with different kinds of skin. Even oily skin may benefit from its ability to hydrate and control its oil production. Overproduction of oil by the skin in response to dryness may also trigger acne. In addition to preventing dry skin, hemp oil helps keep pores clear. Excess oil, a common cause of acne, is mitigated.

Calms Inflammation Via Moisturization

Mariamenatu& Abdu (2021) noted that Gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), omega3, and omega-6 fatty acids found in hemp oil are effective anti-inflammatory and promote skin development and new cell production. The skin is nourished and hydrated, and inflammation and irritation, such as that caused by acne and certain disorders like psoriasis, are reduced.

Effects On Atopic Dermatitis

Hempseed oil's high levels of healthy omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids are a big part of why it's so good for your skin. Consumption of these nutrients may aid in managing skin diseases, including atopic dermatitis. Katlin et al. (2019) showed that patients with clinical atopic dermatitis who consumed hempseed oil saw a decrease in symptoms and an improvement in their skin's look.

Activates The Body's Natural Anti-Aging Mechanisms

Hemp oil's anti-aging benefits extend beyond only keeping the skin supple and hydrated. You may delay the onset of wrinkles and fine lines with hemp oil. Hemp oil's linoleic and oleic acids are essential to the body's ability to generate them, and they're also great for the skin and may help slow the aging process.

Infection

Puspasari et al.  (2022) discovered that disease-causing organisms, including viruses, bacteria, and fungus, are destroyed by hemp oil's antioxidants and antibacterial chemicals. In addition, it has components that make it more difficult for bacteria and other pathogens to penetrate the skin and cause illness or inflammation.

Hyperpigmentation And UV Damage

Michalak et al.  (2021) stated that both linolenic acid and alpha-linolenic acid, found in hemp, aid in healing UV skin damage and eliminating melanin. Natural skin pigments, known collectively as melanin, are responsible for the appearance of the color on the skin's outermost layer. Hyperpigmentation, or the over-darkening of the skin that often results from sun exposure, may be mitigated with the aid of alpha-linolenic acid and linoleic acid.

Who May Benefit From Hemp Products For Skin

The Elderly

Hemp has a variety of healthy fatty acids, including Omega-6 and Omega-3. These fatty acids work together to produce a substance almost identical to human skin in composition. A person's body produces free radicals as their skin ages. Lacking an electron, free radicals are dangerous chemicals found in the human body. Simply put, free radicals are molecules that "go wild" in the human body by taking electrons from other molecules. This mechanism is involved in the onset of age-related diseases. Loi& Paciolla (2021) showed that antioxidants in hemp neutralize damaging free radicals and delay aging. In addition, hemp's hydrating and smoothing effects on aging skin may be attributed to its ability to trap and hold onto water. Who doesn't want their skin to feel a bit more luxurious as we age?

Children

A newborn's scalp may become scaly and rough right away. Cradle cap is the name for this condition, which may be considered dandruff for infants. One may wash Baby's delicate skin with hemp soap to remove the flaky skin and help calm Baby's irritated skin, which is safe and will go away on its own in time. The fatty acids found in hemp are excellent for relieving the discomfort of a burn of any kind and promoting a speedier recovery.

Adolescents

 Anyone with an adolescent understands the stress that acne can cause.  According to Debjit et al.  (2009), when acne was first discovered, strong astringents and cleansers were employed to remove the skin's natural oils, on the mistaken assumption that this was the root of the problem. The skin responded by producing extra oil to make up for the loss. It is common knowledge that keeping the skin's natural oil balanced while gently washing away debris is the most effective method of combating acne. Maintaining and replenishing the skin's natural oil with hemp helps keep pores clear. No matter if your skin is oily, dry, or a mix of the two, you may use it without worry.

Adults

Hemp provides advantages for young and older skin, but its use is beneficial regardless of age. Rosacea, psoriasis, and eczema are a few common skin conditions that affect all individuals. Baral et al.  (2020) reported that Hemp soap's anti-inflammatory characteristics aid with these irritations. The soap's fatty acids replenish any natural oils that other harsh skincare products may have taken away. As a warning, a patch test is recommended before using any new skincare product. Allergic reactions to hemp and its components are conceivable.

What Potential Downsides And Dangers Should You Be Aware Of?

It has been extensively debated whether or not hempseed oil has any psychoactive effects, but for the most part, it is harmless for most individuals to consume. One should apply a tiny test patch of skin before applying it all over (whether you are using hemp oil or pure hemp oil blended with essential oils). Some individuals may have adverse reactions after using hemp seed oil, including:

  • The oily, fatty composition of the oil may cause gastrointestinal distress, the most frequent of which is loose stools. To avoid this, use a tiny quantity of hemp oil daily and gradually increase the dosage.
  • You should consult your doctor before beginning a regimen of hempseed oil use because of the possibility of negative interactions with blood-thinning medications.

Conclusion

The discussion above shows that hemp seed oil has many benefits to the skin. It is ideal for all skin types; it acts as an anti-aging and helps reduce acne. Its versatility and skin-friendly compounds make it a popular choice for people with dermatological issues. However, consumers are advised to consult a doctor if they decide to kick start their skincare routine with hemp seed oil to determine if it suits them if they are under other medication.

References

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Loi, M., & Paciolla, C. (2021). Plant Antioxidants for Food Safety and Quality: Exploring New Trends of Research. Antioxidants, 10(6), 972.

Mariamenatu, A. H., & Abdu, E. M. (2021). Overconsumption of omega-6 polyunsaturated fatty acids (pufas) versus deficiency of omega-3 pufas in modern-day diets: the disturbing factor for their “balanced antagonistic metabolic functions” in the human body. Journal of lipids, 2021.

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