Acne is estimated to affect 9.4% of the global population, making it the eighth-most prevalent disease worldwide. As the most common skin condition in the world, acne affects approximately 85% of people ages 12– 24 in the United States alone.

Over the past years, several lines of evidence support the therapeutic potential of Cannabis derivatives, including cannabidiol (or CBD), to control and treat skin conditions, especially acne, all due to the anti-inflammatory properties CBD oil presents.

In fact, studies have discovered that CBD can help acne-prone skin by balancing the oil production that causes a build-up in the pores, eventually leading to clogged pores that turn into pimples. A 2014 study found CBD helps suppress breakouts by regulating oil production by the sebaceous glands.

CBD also has an antioxidant effect on the body, which may also be helpful for other skin problems, including eczema, psoriasis, sensitive skin, aging, and wrinkles.

What is Acne and How to Treat it?

Acne is a progressive, inflammatory skin disease that causes pimples mainly on the face, forehead, chest, shoulders, and upper back, affecting teens and adults. Acne can be painful and cause inflammation of the skin.

Although many reasons can lead to the development of acne, these are the most common ones:

  • Excessive sebum or oil production.
  • Accumulation of dead skin cells.
  • Changes in hormonal levels (primarily an increase in androgens).
  • Dietary foods that can develop/worsen acne.
  • Stress.
  • Skin contacts with greasy or oily substances.
  • Friction or pressure on the skin.
  • Genetics.
  • Overgrowth of acne-causing bacteria C. acnes (also known as P. acnes).

In most cases, acne can be treated with natural therapies and medications, including CBD, that can significantly reduce the look and harshness of the skin.

In fact, a 2014 study investigated the effects of CBD on human sebocytes, which are the cells that create sebum. The studies found that CBD prevented cells from producing too much oily sebum.

How to Use CBD Oil to Treat Acne

CBD can come in many forms and shapes, and you can use it in all of them. The most common form is the topical cream, including facial masks and facial exfoliants, as you can directly attack the sebum-creating cells of the skin.

The easiest way to apply CBD oil topically is to mix it with a carrier. Here are some ideas for you:

  • coconut oil
  • olive oil
  • shea butter
  • argan-oil

However, taking CBD oil and gummies orally can also be an effective way to take advantage of the anti-inflammatory properties of this natural compound.


CBD can help prevent and treat acne and other skin conditions as it acts directly on the cells that make sebum, helping to balance the production and reducing inflammation. It is worth mentioning that using CBD alone to treat acne may not cut it. It is essential to balance it with a healthy diet and lifestyle.

Still have questions?

At Gaia Hemp, we believe in the miracle healing power of herbs, as we personally have experienced the restorative medicinal benefits of CBD. We value transparency by offering the finest quality Canadian-grown hemp and cold-pressed CBD extracted with 100% purity. If you still have questions, do not hesitate to contact us today.

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