Although clear skin has always been in, skincare is trending now like never before. Although the temptation may be to chalk this up to the social media centric, “all about me-llenial” generation, this does not seem to be the case. The obsession isn’t with having better looking skin, its by having actually better skin, and an actually better you. Take this stat for instance: In 2018 alone, skincare sales grew by 13% while makeup grew by only 1%. Not only are sales shifting away from makeup, they are shifting towards natural, paraben-free, organic skincare. And if you’re looking for the latest weapon to fortify your clear skin arsenal, look no further. Hempseed oil is just what you need.
Hempseed oil and skin
There are a growing number of skincare products on the market that make use of hempseed oil. Hempseed oil (unrefined oil cold-pressed from the seeds of the hemp plant) maintain their healthy polyunsaturated fats along with antioxidants. These natural fats work as excellent moisturizers while the antioxidants work to combat free radicals that damage and age cells.
In researching the use of CBD and hempseed oil for skin conditions, I found myself pleasantly surprised by the amount of research conducted and published in major journals. It would appear that hemp products have health benefits for the skin because of their anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties. Other properties of hempseed oil seem to be specific to certain cell types. Researchers have studied conditions from acne to psoriasis and found hemp products to be of benefit. Even if you haven’t been diagnosed with a skin condition, you can still suffer from acute or ongoing disturbances to the skin as the result of exposure to certain elements or changes in your physiology. For example, the following issues found commonly in the general population provide examples of the use of CBD for skin issues.
Acne and Hempseed Oil
Whether because of stress or hormones, acne can be most annoying. A very encouraging study conducted in 2014 on hempseed oil and skincare found that hempseed oil results in “normalization” of the mechanism of action that produces acne. Hempseed oil attacks the cause of acne at its root, or in this case, its gland. Not only is it useful for its anti-inflammatory properties, but it is also effectively stops oil production in its tracks. According to that 2014 study, researchers explored the effects of hempseed oil on the “human sebaceous gland function and determined that CBD behaves as a highly effective sebostatic agent.” By sebostatic, the author refers to stopping or stabilizing the production of oil by the sebaceous glands, which is majorly responsible for many breakouts and teenage pre-prom breakdowns.
For mild skin irritation, hempseed oil appears to help by targeting inflammation. According to research: hempseed interacts with TRPV-1 receptors that decrease itchy and painful sensations caused by inflammation. This seems to be one of the more robust actions of topical hempseed oil. A study of patients with pruritus (itching) on dialysis because of renal failure found a significant reduction in pruritus with the topical application of hempseed oil. This is especially useful for that patient population as the addition of medications is especially risky.
The potential of hemp for skin dryness is less a result of cannabinoids per se, but more related to other nutrients produced by hempseed topical products. The healthy fats found in topical hemp skincare products hydrate dry skin.
Hempseed oil for Psoriasis
Psoriasis is an auto-immune condition that results in the overproduction of skin cells. While CBD skin care products won’t stop or reverse this process, it can improve the appearance of patches because of its anti-inflammatory properties.
As with most “medical” uses for CBD, it’s a good “natural” place to start in relatively benign conditions. The main difference between hempseed oil and CBD with skin is that hempseed contains polyunsaturated fats and antioxidants removed from refined CBD oil during processing. Both CBD and hempseed have anti-inflammatory properties.