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The Best Way to Use CBD to Banish Acne Scars

Using CBD to Banish Acne Scars

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Acne refers to a skin condition where your skin is oily, with noticeable spots and is, sometimes, painful and hot to the touch. Many people have acne. If you have acne, you are not alone. Of individuals 11-30, 80% have acne. Most of them are teenagers, particularly girls ages 14-17 and boy ages 16-19.

Often, acne will disappear in our mid-20s. However, in some cases, it can continue into adulthood. Over the age of 25, 5% of women and 1% of men have acne. Unfortunate bouts of acne can leave sufferers with acne scars.

There are different types of acne. The more severe the acne is, the more severe the acne scars.

  • Blackheads: Bumps which are black or yellowish. The colour is not dirt though, but the inner lining of the hair follicle (pigmentation colouring).
  • Whiteheads: They have a similar appearance to the blackheads, but seem firmer and will not empty when squeezed.
  • Pustules – They are bumps with a white tip in the centre. The white tip is caused by pus (opaque liquid consisting of dead white blood cells, sebum, bacteria, and tissue debris).
  • Papules: They are similar to pustules but are small, red in colour bumps that feel tender and sore.
  • Nodules: They are large and sometimes painful bumps which builds up below the surface of the skin.
  • Cysts: They are the most severe type of acne. They are more prone to scarring. They look similar to boils, with large pus-filled bumps. They can cause permanent scarring.

Acne is caused by:

  • Hormonal changes (puberty)..
  • Abnormal production of sebum in the oil glands (sebaceous glands)..
  • This abnormality of sebum production can lead to an infection from the skin bacterium, Propionibacterium. This will cause inflammation and a build up of pus.

There are many speculations on what causes acne. In general, though, clogged hair follicles (pores) will cause the build-up of acne. The problem with acne is that it does not end with its formation. If there’s something even worse than acne, it’s the scars it can leave behind.

What Are Acne Scars?

Scarring is the term used to describe the threadlike process of collagen forming to heal an injury. Collagen provides elasticity and firmness to the skin. Of those with moderate to severe acne, 30% are also prone to develop acne scars. Scars can develop after postinflammatory colour changes to the skin. They develop after the inflammation (reddened, swollen and painful skin). The acne wounds demonstrate the healing process. These post-inflammatory colour changes include:

  1. Erythema: The pinkish or purple flat strips
  2. Pigmentation: The brown marks (prominent in people who tan easily)
  3. Hypopigmentation: The white marks

Also, there are different types of acne scarring which include;

  • Rolling scars: Broad and has a sloping edge
  • Ice-pick scars: Crater-like, narrow, and deep
  • Boxcar scars: Thick but with slightly sharp edges
  • Atrophic scars: Thin and flat

Acne Treatments

There is no cure for acne. The good news is we can still manage our skincare to prevent and treat active acne breakouts. There are natural easy treatments for acne, including:

  • You must not wash the affected area more than twice a day or this will irritate your skin more.
  • When you wash the affected area, use only mild soaps and cleansers. You can also use lukewarm water because a water temperature that is too hot or too cold can also irritate it.
  • If you are using cosmetics, you should not put too much on your skin. Besides, as much as possible, you should use only water-based cosmetics so it can be removed easily. After all, clogged up pores cause acne in the first place.
  • You can banish oil, no matter your skin type if you avoid sun exposure or use SPF regularly

No treatment is effective for all people. This is true from conventional treatments like benzoyl peroxide to natural treatments like pumpkin enzymes. This is also true from nutrient-based supplements like vitamin C serum to trendy treatments like an activated charcoal clay masque. This is even true with costly high-tech treatments like the banisher roller.

Days after using the banisher, you should see effects. If you do not, the tool is not addressing your problem and was an unnecessary cost. There are also treatments that work for no one, such as rubbing alcohol which will just dry out your skin and elevate your acne problem.

Acne Scar Treatments

  • Lemon juice: It can help in fading acne marks, revitalize it, and promote healing because it contains alpha-hydroxy acids (AHA)
  • Sugar scrub: It can support in yielding cells and removing dead skin cells with its glycolic acid and alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) compounds
  • Salicylic Acid: A known exfoliant that removes the redness and inflammation from oily skin)
  • Tea tree oil: A known acne scar treatment)
  • Cannabidiol (CBD) oil

CBD Oil Against Acne Scars

Out of more than 80 phytocannabinoids found in a cannabis plant, cannabidiol (CBD) is one of its most intriguing chemical compounds. Different from its infamous cousin, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), CBD is an intoxicant and therefore has no psychoactive effect. It will not give the “high” feeling the former compound is controversially known for.

THC has a direct impact on the receptors in our endocannabinoid system (ECS). Though CBD indirectly impacts both G-proteins coupled receptors: CB1 and CB2, it has an indirect effect. It binds to the peripheral nervous system and the immune system. The endocannabinoid system manages our bodies’ endocannabinoids, with various receptors. The most explored are:

  1. CB1: Mostly in the brain tissues and spinal cord (central nervous system)
  2. CB2 (limited on the immune system and other neurons) receptors

CBD is composed of anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties which can help heal acne scars. A study, by PLOS, from 2008 claimed that the activation of our endocannabinoid system could improve fibrosis (scar tissues) on the liver, through the reduction of inflammation. The use of CBD can inhibit the growth of the collagen and alpha SMA. These are genes that encode actins, proteins which promote cell motility and integrity levels.

Another study, conducted by the National Center for Biotechnology Information, in 2014, suggested that CBD has properties that can help regulate the oil production of the sebaceous glands. This could be significant in controlling future acne breakouts.

Ways to Use CBD Oil to Banish Acne Scars

Use CBD oil by:

  1. Vaping: Add a few drops to a vape
  2. Orally: Swallow a few drops directly, or leave it under the tongue for a minute before consuming
  3. Edibles: Add a few drops on some easy to make meals or beverages. Lists and recipes are easily available online.
  4. Topical application: We can apply it directly to the affected areas.

You should assure you use higher quality CBD oil. This is vital. If you’re interested, but only from medically approved distributors. Also, you must consult your doctor or dermatologist before trying a new treatment, especially if you are taking other medications. Before you go wild and try all of these methods, safety precautions first.

CBD is still undergoing research. Though there are many reviews and anecdotal stories about CBD clearing acne and acne scars, the experts still need to better understand the drug. In the meantime, CBD has little to no side effects. With doctors approval and in accordance with local laws, you can try CBD as naturally potent anti-inflammatory for banishing acne scars.

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