Is Hemp Seed Oil The New Holy Grail? An Oil Re-evaluation
For the past few years jojoba oil has been my “Holy Grail” acne treatment, especially for stubborn blackheads and whiteheads. While it does dissolve these icky little plugs, jojoba oil can cause some people’s skin to “purge” toxins when they begin using it, making acne worse before it gets better. For a lot of people, this is pretty scary! No one wants their skin to get worse, but unfortunately, that’s just how jojoba oil seems to work.
I still love jojoba oil though, and it is definitely in my top 5 oils to use for healthy clear skin. But is there a better alternative?
Hemp Seed Oil- Acne’s New Best Friend
What makes hemp seed oil so awesome? It has a comedogenic rating of zero, meaning that it has zero chance of breaking you out or clogging your pores. It’s totally A-Okay to use on acne prone skin and will actually help your skin balance its sebum (oil) production.
Internal Use of Hemp Seed Oil for Acne
Another cool thing about hemp seed oil is that it contains about 60% linoleic acid, a special nutrient that helps regulate sebum production as well as its quality. Sebum is supposed to lubricate the skin without clogging pores, but when our diets lack enough linoleic acid it can become sticky and easily hardens in the pores. This hardened sebum then becomes a blackhead, whitehead, or acne lesion.
Consuming a high quality hemp seed oil will help increase your levels of linoleic acid which will improve the quality and amount of oil your skin produces. Pretty soon, you’ll have oil that will be less likely to clog your pores! I like to take about 1-2 TB a day; more than enough to meet your daily value for essential fatty acids. Taking it every day is safe and beneficial for healthy skin.
Which Hemp Oil is Best?
• High quality, unrefined, cold pressed hemp oil will be a gorgeous green color with a pleasantly nutty flavor. It is easy to substitute it in salad dressing recipes. I even like adding it to smoothies.
• Refined hemp seed oil will be clear and devoid of nutrients so be sure to check the label.
External Use of Hemp Seed Oil for Acne
As an added benefit, hemp seed oil also happens to be one of the best moisturizers out there because it is able to penetrate skin cells and lubricate them. Since it doesn’t clog your pores, it is safe to use daily and will keep your skin radiant and silky smooth.
Hemp Seed Oil will also Relieve/Improve-
• Dry patches
• Blotchy skin
• Skin tone
Simply wet your face with warm water and apply a small amount on your skin. I like to massage it in before gently towel drying it off. Use at least once a day.
As far as the OCM, I would recommend trying it out. I don’t currently use it as a cleanser only because it is a bit pricey so I save it for moisturizing.
Which Hemp Seed Oil Should I Buy?
There are many fantastic companies out there that make high quality hemp seed oil. The main thing to look for is cold pressed, organic, unrefined hemp oil if you can find it.
The absolute BEST hemp oil I’ve come across is this one. Which does not have to be refrigerated because it is packaged in miron glass, a type of glass that is highly vibrational and is known to preserve and protect substances contained within it for long periods of time.
I just know you’ll be amazed by the results you’re going to see using hemp seed oil. Your blemishes will begin to diminish and your skin will be baby soft. I really hope you give it a go =)
Check out my article on the best oils for your skin type here if you can’t get a hold of hemp oil.
For more great article on oils for acne check out the articles below:
The Best Essential Oils for Your Skin Type
The Enhanced Oil Cleansing Method
Is That Oil Good to Use for Acne?
The Oil Cleansing Method
Could Jojoba Oil be your Cure for Blackheads?
What are the Best Oils for Your Skin Type?