Hola Talks About Acne

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A natural aID for your skin

Since ancient times, us humans have included nature’s gifts in our health and beauty routines. Through time, different plants and oils have been of great importance when it comes to skincare, and CBD is not an exception to that rule. CBD (cannabidiol) is a compound found in the cannabis plant that has recently shown to offer amazing benefits for our health. One unwanted (and very common) condition is acne, which does not only affect us physically but also psychologically: it can cause distress, affect our self esteem, and our relationships with others.

Acne occurs when excess oil, dead skin cells, and dirt accumulates and clogs our pores. When this happens, the bacteria responsible for acne may build up and cause pimples, blackheads, and other similar manifestations of the annoying Propionibacterium.  The best way to avoid it is to keep our skin clean and free of excess oil, which is where CBD comes into action: CBD has been used to stop the skin from producing excess oil. On this regard, researchers studied how the human skin reacts to CBD’s compounds, and guess what? They found that topical CBD may inhibit oil production and has anti-inflammatory properties.

CBD has shown to stop the skin from producing excess oil.

Can CBD also treat body acne? Acne works in the same way in the body’s skin, so it’s most likely that topical products containing CBD also help address body acne.  Even though CBD products are not usually sold as “body” acne treatments, their antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties are just what you need. 

What about acne scars? Sometimes, acne may leave marks due to enlarged pimples and skin picking. Even though CBD does not disappear marks per se, it’s used to improve the skin’s elasticity and hydration, which also enhances its appearance and capability to regenerate. 

 

CBD has been used as an antibacterial and anti-inflammatory substance. It also may improve the skin’s elasticity and hydration.

Are there any risks? As with everything, it is unlikely but not impossible to have a skin reaction. However, experts have qualified CBD as a compound with a “favorable safety profile”. In any case, if after trying topical CBD you think you’ve had an allergic reaction and experience symptoms such as swelling, itchiness, or peeling, carefully wash the affected area to remove the product and discontinue its use.

One last thing that’s very important to take into consideration is the quality of the product you’re using; don’t forget to carefully read the label and buy only from safe, reputable sellers. You can also ask for a laboratory third party test to make sure you’re getting a quality product. 

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