The best skincare products for acne-prone complexions clear excess oil without stripping, balance without irritation, and lock in hydration without blocking your pores. If your current skincare routine leaves your face feeling tight, dry, or irritable, the very products you’re using to care for your skin could be causing more blemishes than you realize. Instead, consider pampering your complexion with skincare products infused with the blemish-fighting potential of hemp-derived CBD.
What Are Some of the Benefits for Acne-Prone Skin?
When applied topically, the cannabinoids in CBD-infused skincare products penetrate the outermost layer of your skin. Once absorbed, the CBD interacts with important receptors found on nearly every type of skin cell, the receptors of your skin’s endocannabinoid system (ECS). Although we still don’t know everything there is to know about ECS function; current investigations suggest the following benefits for blemish-prone complexions.1
Balancing Oil Production
Oily skin tends to shine within hours of cleansing, a sign that your skin is producing more oil than it needs to protect barrier function and remove cellular debris from the lining of your pores. But using skin care products formulated to remove excess oil can trigger a cascade of events that increases the amount of oil deposited on the surface. Researchers believe that CBD helps restore balance (homeostasis) by interacting with your sebocytes, the specialized cells in your hair follicles responsible for oil production.2
Excess oil production is relatively harmless on its own. However, the oil on the surface of your skin can bind with cosmetics, environmental contaminants, and dead skin cells. If the mix of oil and debris accumulates in your pores, the bacteria trapped beneath the blockage can trigger an inflammatory response that can cause painful, pus-filled bumps. The resulting infection can spread to neighboring pores. Based on what the research shows so far, CBD helps calm blemish-promoting inflammation through several molecular channels.3
Reducing Acne-Causing Bacteria
The surface of your skin has a population of microorganisms as unique as your fingerprints. Some are helpful; others are not. The inflammatory skin reaction responsible for acne-related bumps and blemishes is often caused by a specific type of bacteria called cutibacterium acnes (C. acnes). Although the presence of C. acnes alone is not enough to cause breakouts, current investigations show that many people living with acne tend to have higher levels of certain subtypes. Based on information obtained through lab results and clinical trials, the antimicrobial properties of CBD are effective against C. acnes.4
Can CBD Skincare Products Cause Side Effects?
CBD is generally well tolerated and has an impressively low risk of side effects, but it can happen. As with any other skincare product you might be using for the first time, consider applying a small amount -to an inconspicuous area. Then wait at least 24-hours before attempting a full-face application, just to be safe. If you notice redness, itching, burning, hives, or any other symptoms suggesting an adverse reaction, discontinue use immediately and wash the affected area with soap and water. Contact your health care provider if you have questions or concerns.5
Are All CBD Skincare Products Helpful for Acne?
Although CBD is not a treatment or cure for any known skin concern, you’re sure to find numerous sources suggesting considerable benefits for several inflammatory skin conditions, including acne. If you’re interested in using CBD skincare products to help balance oil production, fight infection-causing bacteria, or calm inflammation, it’s important to know that product quality can have a significant impact on your results. Since corporate priorities and product integrity can vary from one brand to the next, consider the following factors before committing to a purchase.5
While shopping for CBD skincare products, you’re sure to encounter more than a few companies that reveal very little about the origins of their hemp extracts. Since farming practices, extraction methods, and production standards have a significant impact on purity and potency, the most trustworthy brands are completely upfront about every aspect of production.
Third-Party Test Results
Reputable CBD skincare brands rely on an independent lab to ensure an unbiased evaluation of their products. As you’re shopping, stick with companies that post those third-party test results, the Certificate of Analysis (COA). You can use that document to confirm the amount of CBD in your products and verify they’ve been screened for mold, solvent residue, heavy metals, and other potential toxins.
CBD is a natural plant element with many potential skin benefits. But many companies add CBD to skincare products made with artificial fragrances, parabens, and other questionable chemicals known to irritate blemish-prone skin. That’s why it’s important to read the list of ingredients. The best CBD skincare products are made with gentle, nurturing botanicals that are kind to your skin.
Any beauty brand can add a small amount of CBD isolate powder to an ordinary cream, lotion, or serum and call it CBD skincare. But many have been caught making unsubstantiated claims or charging top dollar for products that contain little (if any) CBD. Several brands have been called out (and warned) by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) for their unacceptable business practices. Before committing to a purchase, take a few minutes to investigate brand reputation.
How Do CBDistillery™ Skincare Products Compare to Other Brands?
CBDistillery™ CBD skincare products are made without harsh chemicals or artificial fragrances. Instead,we’ve identified some of the best plant oils and extracts nature has to offer, ingredients selected for specific skin concerns. Once we knew we had each formulation just right, we infused our plant-powered skincare products with full spectrum, hemp-derived CBD.
To ensure purity, potency, and consistent quality, every item in our skincare line is third-party tested, US Hemp Authority™ certified, and manufactured in a cGMP certified facility. Since it can take several weeks to determine how your skin might respond to any skincare ingredient, CBD toner, serums, moisturizers, and body care products are backed by a 60-day satisfaction guarantee.
How Do I Use CBDistillery™ CBD Skincare Products for Acne?
To help balance oil production and reduce your risk of blemish-provoking irritation, you’ll want to choose gentle, nurturing skincare products. The best CBD skincare products for acne are made with natural ingredients that help keep your skin balanced and hydrated without causing breakouts. If you’re wondering how to use CBD for acne, we’ve got a few tips to help get you started.
Start with a Gentle, Fragrance-Free Cleanser
Many cleansers made to combat acne contain harsh detergents that can increase oil production. Instead, consider switching to a gentle cleanser that won’t strip your skin. If you wear makeup, first remove your cosmetics with a makeup remover or non-comedogenic oil. Then clean your skin with a plant-based soap or fragrance-free cleanser.
Restore Balance with an Alcohol-Free CBD Toner
Even gentle cleansing products can compromise the naturally acidic barrier that helps protect your skin from moisture loss and irritation. Sweeping Balancing Micellar Cleansing Toner over your face helps restore your skin’s delicate pH balance so it can absorb any other active ingredients in your skincare routine.6 Apply your CBD-infused toner while your skin is still damp from cleansing.
Boost Hydration with a CBD Serum
Most facial serums are lightweight, easily absorbed, and made without occlusive ingredients that can cause issues for blemish-prone skin. Age-Defying Hyaluronic Acid Serum helps boosts hydration levels with the power of CBD and the many possible skin benefits of manuka oil, ginger root, meadowfoam oil, and hyaluronic acid, a moisture-binding ingredient that helps restore barrier function.7 As an optional step in any skincare routine, serums should be applied immediately after toning.
Apply a Lightweight CBD-infused Moisturizer
When oily skin doesn’t retain enough moisture, the cells on the surface can dehydrate, cling to the surface, and block your pores.8 Twice-daily moisturizing with Age Defying Daily Face Lotion or De-Stressing Nightly Face Cream could be just what you need to prevent unnecessary moisture loss. Our CBD moisturizers are formulated for all skin types and work best when applied while your skin is still damp from your toner or serum.
Could Your Skin Benefit from the Acne-Fighting Potential of CBDistillery™ CBD Skincare Products?
Acne is an inflammatory skin condition with many possible causes, from hormonal fluctuations to medication side effects.9 Although you’ll find numerous skincare products made to help clear spots and reduce the risk of future breakouts; many are made with harsh, barrier stripping chemicals known to cause blemish-inducing dryness and irritation.
If you’re tired of using skincare products that seem to cause more issues than they solve, consider some of the many ways your acne-prone complexion could benefit from the skin-balancing potential of CBDistllery™ hemp-derived CBD skincare products. If you’re intrigued by what you’ve learned so far, visit CBDistillery™ to browse our skincare line. All CBDistillery™ CBD products are made with hemp extracts sourced from naturally cultivated crops, gluten-free, vegan-friendly, and Leaping Bunny certified.
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