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Anyone who has suffered from acne is curious as to how to get rid of redness from acne. It is one of the things that makes the condition so visible, and therefore it is one of the reasons people get bullied or shunned because of their acne.
Acne can ruin someone’s life. That is no exaggeration. The psychosocial development of adolescents can be severely impaired by acne and people’s reactions to it. In order to reduce this enormous impact, it can have on what are some of the most important developmental stages of someone’s life, the symptoms of acne have to be addressed.
There are literally thousands of potential treatments someone can choose from to get rid of redness, from eye drops to aloe vera, salicylic acid, lemon juice, or any number of home remedies. Some of them are effective, for example, salicylic acid has well-known skincare product that helps to get rid of acne by softening the skin and unclog pores. CBD is the point of this article, however, so we are going to explore that in the context of how to get rid of redness from acne.
CBD is one of the dozens of cannabinoids derived from the cannabis plant. It is found naturally in the body and interacts with the endocannabinoid system that is present in nearly every tissue in the body, including the skin.
Acne is thought to be a condition affected by the endocannabinoid system, and by interacting with the endocannabinoid system, CBD is able to have some impressive effects on acne. Cannabidiol (CBD) is not psychoactive, so it will not get the user high. It is also remarkably non-toxic, is basically impossible to overdose on, and has few side effects for most people.
Because of all this, there is a huge amount of hype surrounding CBD. Most of it is bumf, but the science is slowly catching up and finding that CBD is useful for treating conditions as varied as Parkinson’s, epilepsy, and herpes.
CBD has many useful properties, but if you are wondering how to get rid of redness from acne with CBD, it is the anti-inflammatory and sebostatic effects that are the ones to look for.
One of the major causes of acne is the excess production of sebum. This is skin oil and usually helps deliver nutrients to the skin and keep it clean. When hormone levels change during puberty or menstruation, sebocytes can start producing too much sebum, which then gets clogged in pores and causes acne. CBD helps to regulate this, so it will help to get rid of acne.
The swelling and redness that comes from acne is not the doing of the bacteria, it is, in fact, your body’s immune response. When the immune system detects a threat, it tells the local blood vessels to swell up and deliver more blood, immune cells and healing proteins to the damaged or threatening site. This raises the temperature, helps kill bacteria, and promotes healing. It works very well, most of the time.
It is, however, very unpleasant. It affects the skin tones, causes the visible acne redness that makes it so hard to hide, and itches a lot. CBD is a proven anti-inflammatory, so by applying CBD directly to the affected area, you can help to reduce redness, swelling and pain. Exactly how CBD acts as an anti-inflammatory is complex and not very well understood, but it has been proven in studies to be a tolerable, safe and relatively inexpensive way of getting an anti-inflammatory effect
Using CBD for Acne
There are three main ways of using CBD for acne. Applying in a cream or ointment, applying it pure, or ingesting it.
Cream or Ointments
Mix a small, measured amount of CBD into a cream you know is good with your skin type and apply to an unaffected patch of skin before applying to your face, just to prevent an allergic reaction being discovered when your face swells up like a balloon and lands you in the emergency room. If there is no reaction, try it on your skin after washing your face with warm water and drying your face carefully.
A small, measured dose on a cotton bud or swab should be applied directly to the affected area and left to dry naturally.
Mix it with food or drinks, whatever you like and whatever masks the odd taste.