Dear acne, you’re a stubborn motherf*cker
When I stopped taking birth control pills about 6 years ago, my skin became really bad, especially on my cheeks and chin. I started getting lots of breakouts, which were oftentimes painful, and always embarrassing. I had some problems with acne in puberty but it was never as bad as now.
Over the past years, I’ve tried almost every natural method I could find online and probably hundreds of organic skincare products. Every time I saw something new, I convinced myself that I finally found the one thing, that will cure my acne. I tried so many different approaches that I can’t even remember them all:
Tea tree oil, clay masks, sea salt, charcoal…
I also tried changing my diet, drinking crazy amounts of water & herbal teas, steam-baths, and much more.
But my skin refused to cooperate. None of these remedies worked in the long run and some made my skin even more irritated or very dry.
After a while, I found myself confused about what to believe, what to try, and what could work for me. It’s not easy to live with acne, trying everything to make your skin as healthy as you can whilst continually stressing over it.
Many factors influence acne, including excess sebum production, hormonal imbalances, and genetics. Some other factors, such as diet, stress levels, and some medications, can compound symptoms. With so many possible causes, no wonder acne is often difficult to treat.
A few weeks ago, Canzon, an online company that offers a variety of high-quality CBD products, reached out to me to try their CBD products.
What Is CBD?
CBD stands for Cannabidiol and it’s harvested from the cannabis plant. However, unlike THC, CBD has no psychoactive properties.
CBD’s potential benefits are wide-ranging and include pain relief, reduced anxiety & depression, improved heart health, suppressed seizure activity, many more… including reduced ACNE!
Why I was hopeful CBD might be the cure for my acne:
If you’re following me on Instagram you might have read about how I am successfully treating my dog’s epilepsy with CBD. That’s a whole nother story, but therefore I was already familiar with CBD’s healing powers and had built trust in it, so I was excited to see what it could do for my skin.
I also knew that CBD has a few properties that give it a lot of potential to treat acne:
• CBD is an antioxidant
• CBD has anti-inflammatory properties
• CBD has anti-bacterial properties
How can I use CBD to improve the condition of my skin?
I first tried taking the Canzon 10 % CBD oil orally (sublingual administration) and I noticed a slight improvement in the condition of my skin, but I was still dealing with a lot of breakouts especially the week before my period.
So I did some research again… this time, specifically on CBD and acne.
Here’s what I found out:
One of the most promising ways that CBD may help treat acne is by regulating the production of sebum. Sebum is the stuff that builds up, along with dead skin cells, and may clog the pores of the skin. Then, bacteria can cause inflammation and infection, leading to acne.
CBD helps to keep the skin from producing too much sebum, reducing the chances that acne will develop.
I also read that whilst taking oral CBD may help with acne in some cases (as the anti-inflammatory compounds are still active when they enter the body), studies exploring CBD and its effects on the skin have applied CBD DIRECTLY to the sebum-creating cells of the skin.
Since I now knew that topical application may work best I next tried the Canzon 3 % CBD Balm on my face.
I’ve had great results with it before when it comes to soothing dry skin on my body and relaxing aching muscles in my neck and shoulders (that’s what it is intended for), but I was a bit skeptical if I should really put it on my face or if it might be too rich and heavy, and thus clog my pores.
To my surprise, my skin looked and felt healthier than it had in years when I woke up the next morning.
And while I did see improvements over the next days using the balm every night, I continued to have smaller breakouts. With coconut oil, grape-seed oil, shea butter, and cocoa butter on the list of ingredients, the organic balm was just not intended to use as an acne treatment, but more to moisturize dry skin.
It still felt like I was on the right path and I was not ready to let go of my dream of clear, glowing skin. I had a feeling that my skin needed a higher dose of CBD combined with something more lightweight than the ingredients in the Canzon 3 % CBD Balm.
So I decided to mix my own CBD skincare…
How it works:
To use my Canzon 10 % CBD oil on my skin, I simply mix a few drops of it with some carrier oil (I use a mix of olive oil, almond oil & sunflower oil) or some lotion and apply it directly to my face after cleansing. I do this twice a day.
Finally: Bye-bye acne + acne scars
I’ve been doing this for a week now and all of my breakouts have healed and are almost gone + I didn’t get any new ones. My skin looks more even and less oily, redness is reduced and even my acne scars slowly start fading. Overall it has become cleaner and healthier. The results aren’t perfect yet, but I feel like I’m on the right track.
What works for me, might not always work for you…
If you read this, chances are you have spent nights googling a cure, tried countless remedies on your skin and watched hundreds of tutorials on how to make your skin look clear and radiant, just like me. Maybe some have helped (a bit) and others probably have only eaten up your data.
What works for me, doesn’t have to work for you, so I can’t promise you CBD is going to cure your acne. But who knows, like Canzon’s Slogan says: It might just help you!
ROMINA10 gets you 10 % off your order at Canzon!
Their CBD oil is vegan, full-spectrum & 3rd party tested.
What I would like you to know is that I understand what you are going through and you’re not silly or pathetic if your skin impacts you the way it does, because you’re not the only one – I promise you.