Hemp Oil For Skin

Hemp Oil for Skin

Hemp Oil For SkinOne product that is growing in popularity on a huge scale is hemp oil for skin. While hemp oil can be used in a myriad of applications – especially as a highly potent alternative medicine – men and women alike are starting to understand the benefits of using hemp oil on your skin.

We are currently in the middle of a dietary and supplement-based revolution that has countless people around the globe fighting for the increase and public availability of organically made products.

There has been a noticeable upsurge of organic produce in our supermarkets, and this is important due to the fact that organic products by definition are absent of artificial sweeteners, chemical fertilizers and pesticides in the production process.

The cosmetic industry now appears to be focusing its attention on fully natural and organic products such as hemp oil for skin. There is a large appetite for safer products, and hemp can help in this regard admirably.

The Dangers of Traditional Skin Products

Skin Products With Dangerous IngredientsTo understand why you should consider changing over your skin care to hemp oil, it’s worth learning more about the risks of using regular mainstream products.

The global skin care market is currently worth around 141 billion dollars and is expected to rise to 180 billion by the year 2024.

With that in mind, it’s no surprise that we’re constantly seeing our favorite celebrities touting the latest cosmetics to hit the markets, each declaring the miracle products helped them look the way they do. These celebrities are being paid colossal amounts to represent these products, and it would be foolish to believe those products are responsible for their good looks.

Finding effective skin care products on the market can be nothing short of taxing – and often involves a trial and error process as everyone reacts differently. This is often due to the chemicals used in that particular brand or product used.

One scary fact for those of us living in the U.S. is that the FDA has banned just 11 ingredients commonly used in cosmetic ingredients, while the EU (EU Cosmetics Regulation) has banned more than 1300 ingredients. With many cosmetic products there is an approximate 60% absorption rate. This fact alone is causing more people to opt for safer and more natural products for our skin.

Ingredients To Avoid In Skincare

Whether you are using cleansers, moisturizers, serums, salves and other types of skin care products, many contain harmful ingredients:

Hemp Oil Is Safe For SkinParabens – These are preservatives used in a variety of cosmetic products that are known to mimic estrogen and have been associated with skin cancer, breast cancer[1], and decreased sperm count. Examples include butylparaben, sodium butylparaben, isobutylparaben, isopropylparaben, proplyparaben and methylparaben. Longer chain parabens such as propylparaben and butylparaben may also cause reproductive and development disorders by disrupting the endocrine system.

Sulfates – Certain sulfates such as sodium lauryl sulfate and sodium laureth sulfate are very commonly used in soaps, cleansers and acne treatments (among others). They are sensitizing and have been known to trigger allergies and even act as irritants to the skin, lungs and eyes. Another issue is that sulfates can wash away too much of our natural oil, which can cause skin to become dry and lead to itchiness and redness – not to mention acne. More alarmingly these sulfates can interact with other chemicals to form carcinogenic nitrosamines.

Phthalates – These are compounds of phthalic acid that have been used in a number of personal care products – particularly for moisturizing and softening skin. The primary phthalate used in lotions is diethyl phthalate. Through several research papers and studies[2,3], it is now understood that phthalates can cause birth defects, testicular atrophy and other serious complications.

There are countless other potentially dangerous ingredients used in cosmetics such as methylisothiazolinone, a preservative that is actually a known neurotoxin. With so many health hazards regularly used in cosmetics, more and more people are choosing healthy, organic skin care products like hemp seed oil.

Why Is Hemp Seed Oil So Healthy?

Hemp Seed Oil Is Healthy For SkinExtracted from the seeds of the cannabis sativa plant, industrial hemp oil is considered to be nature’s most rich and balanced (1:3 ratio) source of omega-6 and omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids.

Furthermore it also contains the elusive and anti-inflammatory gamma-linolenic acid (GLA).

Additionally, hemp seed oil contains phytosterols (which reduces cholesterol), phospholipids (improves cell health and cell regeneration), carotene and a host of vitamins and minerals including:

• Vitamin E
• Vitamin B-6
• Folate
• Riboflavin
• Thiamine
• Niacin
• Magnesium
• Phosphorous
• Potassium
• Iron
• Zinc

Studies show that hemp seed oil is not just healthy for your skin, but healthy for your heart and helpful in reducing inflammation on many different fronts. A little further below we will detail several studies that indicate hemp oil may help reduce inflammation associated with specific skin conditions.

Hemp Seed Oil Benefits For Skin

Hemp Seed Oil Has Many BenefitsHemp oil is a humectant – which allows it to draw moisture into the skin – while also moderating oil production.

Additionally, unlike other oil based skin products, hemp seed oil won’t clog your pores which is often one of the leading causes of pimples.

In fact, hemp seed oil actually has the ability to shrink large pores. Whether used singularly or as a primary ingredient in a skin care product, hemp seed oil is incredibly effective at nourishing and moisturizing skin due to its rich fatty acid profile.

These fatty acids act as building blocks for healthy cell membranes, and also assist the body in producing the skin’s natural barrier to help keep it hydrated and elastic – providing a youthful glow.

Linoleic acid and oleic acids in particular have anti-aging properties which can reduce fine lines and wrinkles. Gamma-linolenic acid also increases cell generation which aids in the process of skin rejuvenation.

Hemp Seed Oil for Acne, Eczema, Psoriasis and more

Hemp Seed Oil Helps With AcneMore and more dermatologists are encouraging their patients to use hemp seed oil for skin conditions where medicine alternatives have proven to be less effective or cause unnecessary side effects.

Hemp oil has proven to be highly effective in both the treatment and prevention of the following skin conditions:

• Atopic dermatitis or eczema[4]
• Acne[5]
• Psoriasis
• Flaky/dry skin
• Irritated skin
• Rashes
• Sensitive skin
• Varicose veins

With the study on eczema, results showed that administering hemp seed oil orally decreased skin dryness and itchiness, and decreased the need for dermal medication once hemp seed oil was introduced.

With the study on acne, results showed that applying hemp seed oil to the skin caused a significant reduction in sebum (oil production) and erythema (redness and inflammation).

As an added note, hemp seed oil is tolerated by people with all skin types. So whether your skin type is normal, sensitive, oily, dry, or any combination thereof, hemp seed oil can help you to improve the health of the largest organ you have – your skin.

How to Use Hemp Seed Oil for Skin

Due to the structure and nutrition profile of hemp oil, it’s very easily absorbed when consumed orally which means it can be used both as a dietary hemp skin supplement and as a topical agent. How people choose to use hemp oil for their skin will come down to personal preferences and experiences with pure hemp oil, or formulations.

There are a variety of hemp oil skin care products ranging from serums, creams, lotions, gels, soaps, and conditioners. However, many people will opt to simply use the hemp oil alone.

Below are a few examples of how to use hemp oil for skin:

1) After cleansing your face, massage the hemp oil into your skin to be used as an overnight mask.

2) If you suffer from really dry hands or feet, particularly in the winter time, rub the oil deeply into the skin on a regular basis. For cracked feet, you can put on socks afterwards to help retain the oil overnight.

3) Some makeup removers can be very irritating. You can use hemp oil to dissolve makeup by rubbing a gentle amount onto the makeup and wiping it away with a cotton cloth.

4) If you suffer from dandruff or would simply like to use hemp oil as a conditioner, rub a small amount into your scalp and let it absorb for 10-15 minutes. Then shampoo your hair as normal. You will likely find that you won’t need to use your regular conditioner afterwards.

5) If you suffer from acne, you can actually rub hemp seed oil directly onto your skin for several minutes. Hemp oil has the ability to draw out sebum plugs which can both treat and prevent acne and cysts.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do hemp oil skin products use regular hemp oil or full spectrum oil?

The majority of hemp skin care products use hemp seed oil which contains the vitamins, minerals and fatty acids needed for healthy skin.

Full spectrum hemp oil is better suited for medicinal uses as it is made primarily from the flowers and leaves of the cannabis sativa plant – with some nutritious hemp seed oil typically added to ensure inclusion of vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids.

Is hemp oil for skin legal?

Yes. Per the 2018 Farm Bill, industrial hemp with THC levels below 0.3% have been removed from the schedule 1 drug classification and can be used across the country legally.

Is hemp seed oil good for your face?

Hemp oil is perfectly safe to use on your face without the risk of clogging pores. It’s actually recommended as an acne treatment, or can be used as a mask to reduce wrinkles and help invigorate the skin.

1. Aljarrah A, Miller WR, Coldham NG, Sauer MJ, and Pope GS. (2004, February) Concentrations of Parabens in Human Breast Tumours. Journal of Applied Toxicology, 24(1):5-13.
2. Julia R. Barrett (2005, January) Chemical Exposures: The Ugly Side of Beauty Products. Environmental Health Perspectives, 113(1): A24.
3. EWG Research (2005, August) Phthalates: industrial plasticizers in cosmetics. EWG Research, https://www.ewg.org/skindeep/2005/08/25/phthalates/.
4. Callaway J, Schwab U, Harvima I, Halonen P, Mykkänen O, Hyvönen P, Järvinen T. (2005, April) Efficacy of dietary hempseed oil in patients with atopic dermatitis. Journal of Dermatological Treatment, 16(2):87-94.
5. Ali, Atif & Akhtar, Naveed. (2015). The safety and efficacy of 3% Cannabis seeds extract cream for reduction of human cheek skin sebum and erythema content. Pakistan journal of pharmaceutical sciences. 28. 1389-1395.
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