At some point in our lives, we have all experienced or at least seen acne in others. Some call it acne; others have called it pimples, zits, spots, or breakouts. Whatever you may call it, acne vulgaris is a painful and somewhat distressing skin condition.
Acne vulgaris is one of the most common skin conditions in the world. Though it is not life-threatening, the resulting appearance can be very distressing. Research suggests that people with severe cases of acne may suffer from anxiety, depression, lack of confidence, and other psychological conditions.
There is no instant cure for acne however there are treatments that help to reduce, prevent or stop the spread of acne pimples. The major constraint is that, in most cases, after treatment, the acne tends to return. This article will discuss the benefits of CBD Oil for acne treatment.
Acne: Meaning, Types and Causes
Acne is the results of dead skin cells and sebum which blocks or plug the hair follicles. Normally, sebum (skin oil) flows evenly over the skin, but in people with acne, a build-up of sebum occurs. This plug may happen anywhere on the skin apart from the palms and sole of the feet. However, pimples majorly affect the facial region, chest, and back.
In recent times the cause of acne has been argued to be much more than clogged pores. This is because acne dominantly manifests during puberty. It affects 80% percent of teenagers and continues to affect more than 3% after the age of 25.
This statistic may suggest that acne outbreaks may result from different reasons depending on the type of skin and the general health of the person.
What are the Types of Acne?
To get familiar with the types of acne, you have to understand the word “comedones.” Comedones is a term used to describe the blockage of the hair follicle and sebaceous duct caused by debris and sebum.
Blackhead (Open comedones)
When a clog in hair follicles occurs closer to the surface of the skin, it is exposed to air. This exposure causes it to oxidize and generate a darker color “blackheads.” They are often found on the nose, but they can appear on other parts of the face and skin. In most cases, they appear as bumps and are not painful.
Whitehead (closed comedones)
This happens when the clog is deeper into the sebaceous gland. It has a whitish colour with a microscopic opening to the skin. They are firmer and tend not to empty when squeezed.
The blackhead and whitehead are considered non-inflammatory acne. They don’t cause swelling and they respond easily to treatments.
They are also called skin lesions because they change the colour and texture of the skin. They are usually less than a centimeter, dome-shaped, or sometimes flat. Some may spot an impression in the middle. They occur when the pore walls are inflamed. The surrounding skin is usually pink.
They are very similar to papules except they are filled with pus. They are often yellowish or whitish.
Nodules and cysts
This is a severe type of acne that occurs very deep within the skin. Nodules are usually bumps that are hard to the touch and painful. A cyst is a severe form of acne that results from severe infection. They are large red or white bumps that are very painful to touch. In most cases, they require medical attention.
Papules, pustules, nodules, and cysts are types of inflammatory acne. If not treated properly, they tend to scar and can be hard to get rid of.
Causes and Triggers of Acne
Ordinarily, acne is caused by blockages in the hair follicle resulting from sebum build-up traceable to hormones. Other scientifically proven causes of acne include;
Genetics: Experts believe that 81% of acne cases are genetically inherited. This might answer the question of why only one member of a family has clear skin while the others are acne-prone and vice versa.
Diet: Although this factor is not conclusively proven, it seems to hold water in some anecdotal evidence. Some have linked dehydration to acne breakouts.
Some of the factors that may trigger acne or cause them to worsen are;
- Some medications
- Extreme exfoliation
- Use of comedogenic skincare items, oils, and make-up.
Can CBD Oil Treat Acne?
In theory, oils don’t feel the right product to treat acne, but there are some oils – like CBD Oils - that are non-comedogenic i.e. oils that don’t clog pores. This is not the only reason CBD Oil is a suitable treatment for zits, pimples, and other acne-like skin conditions. Here are some of the benefits of CBD Oils on the skin.
Antibacterial and Anti-inflammatory: This is a general effect of CBD when used for any sort of illness or condition. CBD Oil helps to speed up the healing process of acne. A 2016 review indicates the antibacterial benefits of the compounds of the cannabis and hemp plants including CBD.
Normalize oil production: It has been made clear that the build-up of sebum is the major cause of acne. A study carried out in 2014 thoroughly examined the effects of CBD on human sebocytes. The result concluded that CBD Oil when used topically is an effective anti-acne agent as it balances the oils secreted in the sebaceous gland.
Manage acne scars: Due to the anti-inflammatory properties of CBD, it can be quite beneficial in managing acne scars and ensuring they clear quickly. Anecdotal evidence suggests that CBD when taken orally over the course of 3 weeks has helped to fade acne scar, reduce breakouts and also fade pigmentation.
A 2019 study that observed the anti-proliferative and anti-inflammatory effects of CBD treatment in a patient with acne scars shows a promising result with little to no side effects compared to the currently available and anti-acne agent.
For a skin condition that is so common that more than half the planet has experienced it, it is quite disconcerting that there is not yet a permanent cure for acne.
CBD is referred to as a “miracle cure for all”. Perhaps it is living up to its name. Its effect on acne treatment is quite promising and optimistically, with more research done there would be a more permanent scientific approach to treating acne with CBD Oil.