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CBD Oil – Reducing the Redness of Acne Inflammation

Acne And Inflammation Treatments

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Acne is undoubtedly the most common skin condition in the world today. Affecting not just teens, but adults too, acne can really mess with your self-esteem. Who hasn’t had their confidence knocked by a bad skin day? But, when every day is a bad skin day it can become really hard to feel good about yourself.

Thankfully, big beauty brands have seen the need for more over the counter acne products, and they’ve given them to us. You can walk into any drugstore in the United States right now and be absolutely baffled by the sheer selection of acne products. Each of the products promises happier, healthier skin. And many deliver excellent results.

Treatment options include toners, moisturizers, cleansers, masks, serums and more. Ingredients such as salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide can be confusing and intimidate for shoppers who really don’t know what to be looking for. The truth is that in order to find the best treatment for you, you need to understand your acne and the effect it’s having on your skin.

What Is Causing Your Acne Symptoms?

There are many possible causes of acne including hormonal imbalance in the days running up to a period, and poor hygiene or diet. However, at the end of the day, it all boils down to one thing; sebum. Acne is caused when the skin produces too much sebum. Sebum is an oil naturally produced in the skin. When the right about of sebum is present, it keeps our skin clean and soft. But when too much of the oil is present, it can cause acne.

The excess oil gathers and clogs in hair follicles, or the pores of the skin. The clogged pores attract dead skin cells, dirt and bacteria. The immune system sees this as a threat and launches an attack on the bacteria. Unfortunately, it’s this attack that causes the inflammatory acne.

Inflammation causes localized redness, swelling and pain. The inflammation caused by acne is probably what sets it apart from just regular pimples or problem skin. Inflamed acne can be extremely embarrassing. The redness is almost impossible to cover in makeup. In fact, it’s often aggravated even more by trying to. Treating the root cause is the best possible way of reducing inflammation and the self-consciousness it causes.

A New Treatment for Acne Inflammation

While there are many excellent and effective acne treatments on the market today, very few of them treat the root cause of the problem. No matter which type of acne you suffer from, including cystic acne, the overproduction of sebum is the root cause. So addressing this issue will always be the most effective way to treat acne.

One of the ways to address acne breakouts is with CBD oil. CBD, which stands for cannabidiol, is an oil extracted from the cannabis and hemp. Don’t panic, this oil won’t make you “high”. But what it will do is tackle acne head-on. It does this in two ways.

The first is by regulating sebum production. CBD has been proven to reduce the production of sebum significantly. It does this by interacting with neurological receptors in the skin. These receptors are part of the endocannabinoid system. CBD acts something like a helping hand to this system, and the regulation of sebum production occurs as a result.

The second involves reducing the inflammation itself. Studies show that CBD is a powerful anti-inflammatory. Again, this is the result of the way in which CBD affects the endocannabinoid system. CBD has been used as an experimental treatment for chronic inflammation conditions for a number of years, and with more than a little success. These include arthritis, Parkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis.

Through these two methods, CBD does what most acne treatments don’t; it treats the cause of the problem, rather than just the symptoms. No matter how severe your acne may be, this is almost certainly a beneficial way for you get back happy, healthy skin.

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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