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No matter how toned your chest, or how sculpted your muscles, if you have chest acne the chances are you are not going to be feeling confident about getting your shirt off. Chest acne can happen to males and females and usually occurs during adolescence but can continue for the rest of a person’s life. It can have a major effect on a person’s self-esteem.
Not as immediately visible as facial acne and much easier to hide, chest acne can still have a debilitating effect on a person’s quality of life, affecting their body confidence, reducing their sexual confidence and getting in the way of everyday life. However, there are ways to get rid of acne on the chest with CBD. Keep reading to find out more!
What Causes Chest Acne?
The bacteria that cause acne are always present in the skin. It is only when hormonal changes, usually around puberty, cause the sebaceous glands which are responsible for oil production in the skin to change their output of sebum oil, making conditions ideal for these bacteria to thrive in the hair follicles. This is essentially what causes breakouts.
There are several types of acne, but they are all characterized by raised, inflamed spots that fill with pus. This is the body fighting off these infections. The immune response mounted by the body increases blood flow to the skin, causing the red swelling, and the pus created is the dead immune cells and bacteria collecting in the clogged pores. Usually, acne is not much of a problem, but when it is severe, it can cause acne scars and a lot of pain.
Treatments like benzoyl peroxide (an astoundingly poisonous chemical) are commonly used as treatments for acne. While they certainly can have some effect on acne, and in extreme cases hormone treatment for girls can alleviate the condition, the side effects of this form of treatment of acne can be intolerable, involving mood changes, nausea, vomiting and weight gain or loss.
The risks associated with antibiotic treatment make it a last resort, though it can be extremely effective. The list is exhaustive and each patient can respond differently. These treatment options should really be avoided if at all possible.
Generally, skin care regimes like cleaning off dead skin cells, clearing whiteheads/blackheads, applying salicylic acid and reducing stress (hard to do as a teenager) can be effective and fairly low risk. Click here to read about the best face wash for acne.
Home remedies are also becoming more popular as patients tire of using harsh chemicals on their already sensitive skin. Opting for breathable fabrics in their clothes, using laundry detergent which is non-biological, and applying essential oils such as tea tree oil are great, risk free ways to give your skin a helping hand. However, they can never be enough to treat severe acne.
Fortunately, there appears to be a potentially effective acne treatment in cannabidiol (CBD). Cannabidiol is one of around 60 cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. It has been illegal for much of the last century across the world. Regardless of opinions regarding the cannabis plant, the chemical CBD has been undoubtedly misconstrued.
Now that it has been studied to a small extent, it has been revealed that it is non-toxic, impossible to overdose on, non-psychoactive (doesn’t produce a “high”) and potentially effective for dozens of conditions, ranging from skin conditions like acne to arthritis, chronic pain and infant epilepsy.
The science is not great. The studies that have been undertaken so far have been small and very few are up to the internationally accepted standards of science that are expected for drugs administration. This makes CBD an outlier – the potentials are clear and what data does exist paints a very positive picture. However, the information we currently have on CBD just isn’t enough. Solid data is almost impossible to come across, which makes it difficult to make decisions about using it as a treatment for acne.
What Does CBD Do?
CBD appears to be a regulator of the endocannabinoid system (ECS). This is a large system of receptors across the nervous system of humans (and most other living things) that regulates everything from homeostasis and pain to mental health. The role CBD plays is not well understood, but it seems to change how other cannabinoids (important neurotransmitters) interact with the ECS.
CBD also has inflammatory properties, making it even more effective as an all natural acne fighting remedy.
There is mountains of anecdotal evidence that people have treated acne successfully with CBD. This accompanies the findings in the lab that CBD affects the fatty acid concentration and sebocytes in the skin; the cells responsible for how oily the skin is. Currently, the evidence points to more experiments in this area being a very good idea. It also suggests, however, that CBD is very safe and tolerable and therefore, entirely low risk for use as an acne treatment.
CBD Acne Treatments
Below are listed 5 methods for using CBD oil in your skincare regime for a cutting edge acne treatment with no harsh chemicals or negative side effects.
Mixed with a topical emollient cream, CBD can be effective at reducing inflammation and itchiness. A measured dose is recommended to ensure consistency.
When applying pure CBD oil, drop a small quantity onto the affected area and let dry naturally once a week. Dabbing on, not rubbing, is recommended as it will minimize irritation.
Oral doses of CBD have a more generalized effect. Eaten with food, as a part of an every day drink/smoothie, or in an oral solution/pill, oral CBD could be the most effective way of administering CBD. Experimentation is recommended for those wanting clear skin from CBD.
CBD oil can be very effectively vaporized in a dedicated vaporizer. It does not taste of much and is a very effective way of getting large quantities of CBD into the bloodstream in a short amount of time and with minimal effort. Ideal for those with complex health issues.
Cannabis naturally contains CBD, and some strains of cannabis have very high concentrations of CBD. One of these strains would be ideal for someone who enjoys the effects of cannabis and wants to treat their chest acne at the same time.
This is not recommended for anyone under the age of 18, or without the approval of a doctor. As cannabis does cause a ‘high’, this treatment option is incompatible with driving or operating heavy machinery, so could be limiting.
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