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Acne Treatments For You – CBD and Other Options

The best Acne Treatments for You

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Acne is the most common skin condition in the world. In fact, the vast majority of us suffer from it at one point or another. For most of us, acne rears its ugly head during our adolescent years. However, adult acne is still a common condition.

Acne can be painfully embarrassing, especially when it’s on your face, a place that is pretty much impossible to hide. However acne on the back and chest can still wreak havoc with body confidence and self esteem. This is especially true for young people.

Thankfully, the range of acne medications and treatments is constantly expanding. We’ve got more choice than ever before when it comes to tackling the skin disease that so many of us share. However, the effectiveness of these treatments isn’t always what we expect it to be.

Nonetheless, there are plenty of treatment options out there for acne patients to choose from, no matter which type of acne they experience. But in order to choose the best possible treatment for you, you’ve got to know what exactly is causing your acne first.

What is Causing Your Acne?

Acne is caused when the skin produces too much sebum. This is an oil which is naturally produced by the sebaceous gland. When the glands are producing the right amount of oil, it acts as a vital natural lubricant and keeps the skin supple and soft.

However, when the glands produce too much oil it can collect in the pores and hair follicles. This attracts dead skin cells, dirt and grim to the site which blocks the pore. Bacteria grow in the clogged pores, and are spread to other areas of the face.

The immune system responds to this bacteria with inflammation. Inflammation is what causes the raw, red, patchy appearance of the skin. It can also make the skin sore to the touch.

While you may have heard that lifestyle, genetics, skincare and other factors cause acne, this is’t true. Other factors may increase the likelihood of developing it. However, the excess oil production is the root cause of acne. This is why, when treating acne, it’s vital to find a treatment that can actually tackle the acne causes rather than simply treat the symptoms.

Conventional Acne Treatments

There are a number of acne treatments which have been used for many years. These treatments attempt to reverse the effects of excess sebum on the skin with varying success.

Oral contraception pills change the balance of hormones within the body. This hormonal shift can reduce the amount of oil produced by the skin. These pills are often given to adolescent girls and boys who are suffering with severe acne.

They appear to work well, although rarely alleviate acne entirely. However, there is some concern among researchers about the effects of using oral contraceptives in this way. Nonetheless, they are one of the most popular acne treatments today.

Oral and topical antibiotics are often prescribed for patients who are experiencing a particularly severe acne breakout. These work to tackle the infection of bacteria on the skin and are usually very successful.

However, using topical or oral antibiotics is not a long term treatment option. Taking an antibiotic on a regular basis over a period of time can lead to antibiotic resistance or immunity. This can be a big problem for people when they become sick and antibiotics aren’t able to work the way they usually would.

Over the counter treatments include topicals like lotions, spot treatments, cleansers, toners and moisturizers. These products are readily available in any drug store in the country without prescriptions and are uniquely designed for acne prone skin.

The efficacy of these products varies quite a bit depending on their ingredients and how they are used. Many contain ingredients such as glycolic acid and salicylic acid which can be highly effective at drying out excessively oily skin. However, it can severely dehydrate the skin which leads to other skin conditions.

Using CBD for Acne

CBD, which stands for cannabidiol, has become one of the most popular home remedies for acne in recent years. CBD is one of over a hundred chemicals found in the cannabis plant. Sometimes referred to as hemp oil, this natural remedy has been found to have some genuine medicinal properties.

Scientists have discovered that CBD interacts with the endocannabinoid system. This is a system present in the human body which is made up of receptors. The receptors are scattered around the body, but most of them are found in the skin.

Studies have indicated that this complex system might be responsible for regulating skin health, among many other things. This is why it’s believed that using cannabidiol can help to restore balance to the system in the same way as other nutritional supplements do.

While the research into this isn’t concrete, many people have started using CBD to treat their acne experimentally at home and the anecdotal evidence suggest that for many people, it works well. This is because it can regulate the system and prevent the root cause of acne; the overproduction of sebum.

No matter which treatment option you pursue, it’s important to keep in mind just what’s causing your skin woes. Without tackling the cause, you can never really solve the problem. Thankfully we all grow out of acne eventually, most of us relatively unscathed.

Whether you decide to try using pure CBD oil or CBD infused skincare products to treat your acne at home, it certainly seems to be an option worth exploring. It won’t cause some of the harmful side effects of other treatments and is impossible to overdose on.

However if you’re keen to avoid the potential acne scars and speed up your journey to beautifully clear skin, maybe it’s time to talk to your family doctor about finding the right treatment method for you.

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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