Cannabis is relatively new to the skin-care market, but the plant and its derivatives are causing quite a stir. Not only is it controversial (for obvious reasons), but there is also strong scientific evidence that cannabis can be a great way to get rid of pimples — and a great alternative to popping, as tempting as it can be.
Cannabis face washes work by supporting the endocannabinoid system, the skin’s internal regulator. If you’re scratching your head right now, relax — it’s simpler than it sounds.
The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is a vast network of receptors that stretches throughout the human body. When these receptors are activated, they control a wide variety of bodily functions, including sleep, appetite, and skin health.
Chemicals called endocannabinoids “trigger” these receptors and their ensuring effects (ex. making you feel hungry or sleepy). Researchers now know that the chemicals in cannabis, called cannabinoids, can do much the same thing.
When it comes to skin health, the ECS is remarkably versatile. Not only can it control the inflammatory response responsible for many breakouts, it can also regulate the skin’s production of collagen and sebum, both of which are essential to a clean and healthy complexion.
Just like vitamin supplements support a stronger immune system, the chemicals in cannabis support a stronger ECS and healthier, happier skin.
Using a cannabis face wash is not a complicated process. Your product will (probably) come with all of the instructions you need, and following them is usually a good place to start.
As a general rule of thumb, though, most face washes should be applied to clean (i.e. makeup-free) and damp skin. If removing your lipstick, mascara, et al. sounds like a drag, organic hemp oil makes a great all-natural makeup remover. This step is especially important because it gets rid of dirt and grime that can clog up your pores, causing pimples.
Once there’s no trace of makeup left on your skin, dampen it with warm water and apply the product to your cheeks and forehead. In soft, circular motions, work it gently into the skin to produce a foamy, frothy texture. In general, a tingling sensation on your skin is a good sign, but anything that stings should be washed away quickly and not used again, though if you’re determined not to throw the product away, sometimes you can build up your tolerance to it over a period of weeks.
When rinsing off your face wash, it’s important to use warm water — it shouldn’t be scalding hot. Remove the residue from the skin and follow up with a good quality toner product to seal the pores shut once you’ve cleansed them thoroughly.