5 Tips for Picking the Best CBD Acne Treatment

If you are using CBD for acne these tips may be useful for you.

Here’s how to pick the best CBD acne treatments. Image Credit: By Cookie Studio on shutterstock.

You’re in the beauty aisle of your local drug store, and in front of you stands a dizzying array of CBD acne treatments. Should you be opting for a mud-to-foam facial cleanser, or a fancy new sheet mask? Or what about serums, often hailed as the best thing that ever happened to skin care — should you grab one of those too?

As if the sheer number of choices weren’t enough, there’s also the jargon to contend with. What is azelaic acid anyway? Is benzoyl peroxide one of the “good chemicals,” or will it turn your skin even redder?

Take a deep breath and relax: you’re not the only person who struggles when it comes to making these choices. And if you’re already dealing with cystic acne or hormonal breakouts, the last thing you need or want is more stress. The good news is that this is a relatively easy problem to fix — you just need to know what you should be looking for.

CBD gives you many options for getting rid of acne, and while some may work better for you than others, there are a few general rules of thumb that you can use to separate the hits from the duds. Here’s a quick guide to help you choose the right one for you.

Why Use CBD Acne Products?

CBD has revolutionized the skin care industry in the past year, with brands pushing out an ever-increasing number of beauty products that promise well, a lot of things. While some of these claims are dubious at best, CBD’s acne-fighting reputation is now well established and confirmed by science.  There are three main ways it works:

  1. Studies show that CBD can help to reduce oil production in the skin by regulating the production of sebum in the oil glands. This means that the pores of the skin are less likely to clog up and cause acne breakouts.
  2. Researchers also know that CBD’s anti-inflammatory properties can help to reduce the redness and swelling of inflamed skin, which is common in acne. This can make a visible difference to the appearance of the skin, relieve tenderness and pain, and minimize the chance of scarring.
  3. Finally, CBD has also been proven to be a highly effective antibacterial, meaning it can help to fight off the bacteria that breed in the clogged pores and spread around the face.

For most people, the biggest draw of CBD is the fact that it doesn’t cause any of the same side effects as some of the current most popular acne treatments, like oral contraceptives and oral antibiotics. Birth control pills can alter the delicate hormonal balance in your body, while can antibiotics reduce the strength of your immune system over time if used regularly.

The acne-fighting abilities of cannabidiol, combined with its relatively low side effect profile, make this a great natural product to incorporate into your everyday skin care regimen. But how do you choose with products to invest in, and which to leave on the shelf?

5 Tips to Help You Pick the Best CBD Acne Treatment

1. Choose a Full Spectrum CBD Oil

Contrary to popular opinion, not all CBD oils are the same. There are actually some big differences between oil types, and these can have an impact on the kind of results you get from your product. Brands haven’t been great at educating their customers on this, so you’ll need to understand exactly what kind of oil you’re after to have the best chance of seeing positive results.

If possible, you should always go with a full spectrum CBD oil. This not only contains high levels of cannabidiol, but also a cocktail of other cannabinoids, terpenes, and fatty acids that come from cannabis plants. All of these substances work best together, so this kind of oil produces the most noticable effects on the skin.

2. Go Organic

Whether it’s for your acne treatment or your breakfast, you should always opt for organic products when you can. Organic skin care is becoming more popular as people become more cognizant about the range of harmful chemicals that non-organic products can contain. Some of which are highly toxic, cancer-causing substances that you don’t want to be applying to your skin.

3. Look for Other Ingredients

The CBD is the main draw, obviously, but this doesn’t mean you shouldn’t pay attention to the other ingredients in your chosen product. The past couple of years have seen the arrival of some effective new acne-fighting ingredients, and a product that contains them (as well as CBD) is going to give you much more value for money.

Here are four ingredients that you should keep an eye out for:

  • Salicylic acid works by dissolving the dead skin cells and other debris that cause clogged pores and cause breakouts.
  • Glycolic acid works in a similar way and is a more effective and gentler way to exfoliate the skin than traditional scrubs and harsh exfoliating products.
  • Activated charcoal draws impurities out from the skin and can unclog pores.
  • Niacinamide helps to reduce the size of pores and makes them less likely to become clogged.

4. See If It’s Been Third-Party Tested

Since many CBD products are mislabeled (e.g. they claim to contain higher amounts of CBD than they actually do, or they claim to omit ingredients that they actually don’t), you’ll want to make sure that your product has been tested in an independent laboratory.

While this won’t guarantee that your product is “genuine,” it’s still a more reliable way of determining quality than blindly trusting what it says on the label.  

5. Think About How (and When) You’ll Use It

Before you step up to the counter with your CBD acne treatment, there are two big questions to ask yourself: how is it supposed to be used, and are you willing to do that? For example, if you’re a busy parent with a chaotic household, does a product that takes half an hour to apply (and just as long to remove) really make sense? Or would you be better off with a lower-maintenance product that fits more easily into your daily routine?

One thing that won’t help your acne is bouncing from one product to the next every few weeks, so instead of just rushing out to buy something because you’re feeling frustrated with your skin, take the long-game approach and give it some extra thought before you buy.

Sarah Tyrrell
Sarah Tyrrell
Sarah Tyrrell is a health, wellness, and lifestyle writer based in Ireland whose work has appeared in The Irish Times and The Independent, among others. In 2017, she founded the lifestyle brand “Self Love and Sarah” to promote healthy self image and body positivity for women.

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