CBD and Acne

What is Acne?

Acne is a very common skin condition, often characterised by red, painful pimples most commonly found on the face. These pimples are caused by infected or inflamed sebaceous glands than can leave the skin red, sore and sometimes painful to touch. For patients with acne, there is also an overproduction of sebum. The excess sebum clogs the pores in the skin which causes inflamed bumps on the skin which can black or whiteheads.

There are many different types of pimples that can be caused by acne, these include:

Black Heads – Black heads are often mistaken for being pores with built up dirt. However black heads are in fact small black or yellow bumps on the skin. The black spots in black heads are caused by the lining of hair follicles.

White Heads – Whilst white heads can be similar to black heads, white heads tend to be firmer and harder to pop.

Papules – Papules are small red bumps on the face that are often painful and sore to the touch.

Pustules – Pustules are similar to the structure of papules, but can have white head on them caused by puss build up.

Nodules – Nodules are hard, firm bumps that develop underneath the surface of the skin. More commonly then not, these can be very sore and painful.

Cysts – Cysts are the worst type of spot that is caused by acne. Cysts are large, pus filled bumps on the skin that can cause extreme pain and discomfort in some cases. Cystic acne puts the sufferer at the highest risk of scarring.

Surprisingly, most of those that have tried CBD oil for acne have suggested improvements with their acne condition. CBD’s effect is not yet fully understood by researchers, and we’re certainly not in a position to make any definitive medical claims. These are suggested benefits from other users, we recommend you try CBD out for yourself.

Why Use CBD for Acne?

CBD is Anti-Inflammatory

One of the most reported benefits of CBD oil is its anti-inflammatory benefits. Because acne is also a result of inflammation, CBD oil administered orally or transdermal application has been reported to provide relief to patients suffering from acne.

Most people who have used CBD oil to address acne have reported a calming and soothing effect results from the reduced inflammation on the clogged pores and the sebaceous glands.

CBD Helps to Regulate Sebostatic Function

CBD also helps to combat acne by regulating the sebostatic function which is the process that triggers the production of sebum by the sebaceous glands.

The overactive nature of the sebaceous glands wreaks havoc to the skin and leads to a break out of pimples and inflammations. By controlling the sebostatic function, CBD oil aims to get the overactive triggering of the glands under control.


It normalises the amount of sebum produced by controlling the sebaceous glands. By reducing the amount of sebum produced, the break out of acne is controlled as well as the appearance of the pimples.

Moisturises the skin

By reducing the amount of sebum produced, sometimes, the skin might become dry as it gets acclimatised to the new levels of sebum. To keep your skin from drying out and becoming sensitive, itchy and red, CBD oil helps to keep it moisturized.

This is why in some instances, there have been reports of CBD creams and balms being used to treat eczema. Its moisturising capability is crucial in keeping the skin healthy and free from infections.

How to Use CBD Oil for Acne

There are many different ways to use CBD to support the symptoms of acne, this depends on the preference of the user.

One of the most effective ways of using CBD for acne is through topicals. There is a huge range of CBD creams, balms and serums that claim to clear acne, however it is important that you take into consideration other ingredients in the products that could potentially irritate the skin. Using CBD topically means that the CBD is absorbed directly through the receptors in the skin, which may then provide more direct relief from symptoms.


CBD oil has the highest concentration of oils over lotions and creams. That means faster results. There are two ways of administering CBD oil. It can be ingested and has the ability to produce the same benefits for users battling acne. The oil can also be used topically whether added to the shower water or a beauty product used directly on the skin.

Should you prefer to ingest CBD oil, it’s important that you seek the opinion of a health provider first before you can choose from our wide range of CBD oil products. More importantly, if you’re on other prescription drugs.


Overall, there has not been any extensive research into the effects of CBD on treating acne. However, the properties in CBD products may help to alleviate the symptoms of acne. CBD topicals are also often blended with other key ingredients that can support the skin’s health.

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