Acne is a bacterial, inflammatory skin disease experienced mainly by people in their teens and young adults. However, more and more people are seeing their teenage acne stretch into their twenties – this is most likely the result of increased pollution, stress, and inflammation.

The effects of acne include unsightly skin covered in painful cysts and nodules, as well as scarring. This, in turn, can lead to consequential depression and insecurity. Although acne is common, many people are still ashamed of it, especially if they suffer from a more inflammatory or obvious form.

What types of acne are there?

There are two types of acne: inflammatory and non-inflammatory. Non-inflammatory acne tends to manifest in the form of whiteheads and blackheads. It tends to be easier to clear up, too.

Conversely, inflammatory acne is more chronic and often manifests in the form of large, painful bumps under the skin, as well as whiteheads and hard nodules. Bacteria on the skin thrives because pores are blocked with oil and pollutants.

The bacteria then multiply, which causes a natural immune response – in moderation, this is effective and helps to get rid of foreign bodies that could cause us harm.

On the face, however, immune responses are red, swollen, and painful looking. They can cause real insecurity, especially as most traditional treatments are often embarrassing, difficult, and painful; especially for adults

How can CBD help treat acne?

CBD is used to alleviate symptoms of many different ailments, illnesses, and diseases. Some swear by it as a way to reduce anxiety, and others find it helps with general pain relief.

However, CBD has powerful anti-inflammatory properties that make it a great option for use in skincare products. It can also play a huge part in regulating oil production and decreasing stress on the skin.

How does CBD regulate oil production?

Whether ingested orally or applied topically, CBD works to regulate oil production within the body by reducing secretions from sebaceous glands and inhibiting sebum production.

If your acne is caused by excess oil production, CBD may be able to help regulate this and reduce the associated acne.

How does CBD reduce inflammation?

Acne is an inflammatory disease that can occur due to naturally high levels of various inflammatory agents, caused by the IGF-1 gene. Because CBD is a potent anti-inflammatory agent, it can be hugely effective in reducing the pain, redness, and discomfort experienced by acne sufferers.

How does CBD help reduce stress?

It’s a well-known fact that stress can cause overproduction of hormones like adrenaline and cortisol, both of which contribute to increased skin problems, especially acne.

Cortisol, in particular, is also responsible for increasing the production of sebum and higher levels of inflammation. And on top of that, acne itself can be responsible for an increase in stress levels! No wonder it often proves so difficult to treat.

However, CBD is capable of tackling all three of the issues mentioned above. Not only that, but it has antioxidant properties that slow down the ageing of cells and can greatly reduce the appearance of scars left from any previous outbreaks.

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