The use of hemp oil for acne and skincare is getting a lot of attention lately. And one wonders why it is the case. Well, there is no denying that it is one of the most unsaturated oils, it has highest amino acid variety, it has great essential fatty acid (EFA) ratio, and it is the only plant source of Vitamin D. That pretty much explains why there is a lot of hype around it.
The hemp plant is pressed to obtain hemp oil. The use of hemp oil will not make you feel ‘high’ because it does not contain tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) – a psychoactive component of marijuana. It is anti-inflammatory oil that also has anti-bacterial properties and that is why it is considered a great solution to treat skin related problems.
Why Use Hemp Oil for Skin Care?
Unsuppressed essential fatty acids (EFAs) are present in hemp oil. It is important to understand that there are good and bad fats. Hemp oil has good fats in it in the form of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. And amazingly, these two fatty acids are present in the impeccable ratio of 1:3. The EFAs help in attaining more elastic skin and stronger hair. In addition, hemp oil also has omega-9 and anti-inflammatory gamma linoleic acid (GLA). The good fatty acids in hemp oil are better than flaxseed oil and fish oil.
Here is a list of additional nutrients present in hemp oil that are great for your skin and body:
• Vitamin A
• Thiamin (Vitamin B1)
• Niacin (vitamin B3)
• Vitamin B5 and B9
• Vitamin D
• Tocopherols (antioxidant vitamin E)
• 10 amino acids for protein building
• Zinc and iron (small amount)
One of the many reasons why hemp oil for acne treatment is recommended is because it is non-comedogenic. It means that it doesn’t cause clogged pores. It is even claimed by many users that it unclogs pores (though it is not scientifically proven yet). In addition, it is also a good natural humectant – instead of staying on the skin, it helps by drawing moisture into the skin. It effectively penetrates the skin and strengthens the cell-matrix by moisturizing them. It can also even out skin tone and decrease blotchiness.
4 Best Ways to Use Hemp Oil for Skin Care
Given the fact that all the skincare products are quite expensive, it can be said that hemp oil is an inexpensive solution. Especially when you think that it replaces fairly expensive moisturizers, acne treatments, makeup removers, etc. Here is how it can be used:
1) Applying Hemp oil for Acne Treatment
Applying hemp oil to acne-affected skin may seem counterintuitive to people but you might be surprised to know that it is regarded as the best oil that does not clog pores. The problem with many acne treating products is that they strip the skin of its natural oils. However, this is not the case with the hemp oil because the presence of essential fatty acids (ESA) in hemp oil helps in treating redness and inflammation without removing natural oils out of your skin.
So the next time you experience an acne breakout or even a mild acne issue, don’t go for acne products that have harsh chemicals in them. The best option for you is to apply hemp oil directly on your skin. It will help by soothing inflammation and irritation.
2) Use as a Facemask
The next time you want to go to a salon for a facial, cancel that plan if you want to save some time, money and of course, benefit your skin. By following 3 simple steps, you can easily create your own facemask using hemp oil by mixing the following ingredients:
– Organic hemp oil (3 tablespoons)
– 1 Ripe avocado (2/3 cups)
– French clay (2 tablespoons)
– Lemongrass essential oil (4 drops)
– 1 tablespoon organic coconut oil
Step 1: Blend hemp oil, avocado, essential oil, and lemongrass essential oil in a food processor or blender.
Step 2: Take French clay and pour the mixture into it and stir it.
Step 3: Apply the mixture to your face. Wash your face after 10-15 minutes.
Hemp oil face mask can be really effective due to its clarifying and moisturizing properties. And the best part about the facemask is that it is chemical-free and gentle (perfect for people with acne problems).
You can even make your own homemade soap with the help of hemp oil and 4 other ingredients. Given the fact that your skin can absorb various chemicals that are present in soaps and face wash products, it is best to make your own soap with natural ingredients. After all, you need to know the ingredients that your skin is absorbing.
Here are the ingredients you need to make your own hemp oil soap:
– Hemp oil batch (1 pound)
– Distilled water (5.2 oz.)
– Lye (2.1 oz.)
– Essential oil (0.7 oz.)
– Hempseed oil (16 oz.)
It is important to remember that lye water is added to the oil and not the other way around.
You can use hemp oil as a daily moisturizer. Hemp oil is known for hydrating and softening the skin. Say goodbye to the moisturizer you are already using and embrace hemp oil as your next best moisturizer. After rinsing off the facemask, pour a small amount of hemp oil and massage your skin with it. It also helps in providing relief from irritation and inflammation.
If you haven’t used hemp oil for skincare, then you definitely need to give a go. It doesn’t matter what skin condition or type you have, it has the qualities to give a refreshing look to your skin. You can use hemp oil for acne treatment as well. If you want to orally consume it, then it is best to consult your doctor about it. All in all, it is fair to say that your skin will thank you for deciding to use hemp oil instead of skin products with numerous chemicals in them.