top of page

How can CBD treat your acne?

Updated: Mar 11, 2021

Many of us have suffered from acne at some point in our lives which can make us feel less confident. Some of us may have even experienced “mask-ne” due to constant facemask-wearing during the Covid-19 pandemic.

CBD may be the answer to your acne problems!


What causes acne?

The sebaceous glands in our bodies produce an oily, waxy material called sebum which helps to lubricate and protect our skin. However, acne begins to develop when excess sebum, dirt, bacteria, and cellular debris (dead cells) build up and clog our pores. Acne can also be caused by hormonal imbalances and can be worsened due to anxiety and stress.


CBD and its anti-acne effects

Oláh et al. 2014 conducted a study that tested CBD on materials that mimicked the function of human sebaceous glands. CBD was described as having a trio of important benefits critical to the prevention and treatment of acne:

  • Lipostatic: CBD is lipostatic as it controls fatty acids in the sebaceous glands, and thus, regulates the production of sebum.

  • Anti-proliferative: CBD can help decrease the spread and unwanted growth of cells that produce sebum (sebocytes).

  • Anti-inflammatory: CBD has an anti-inflammation effect in human cells, particularly sebocytes, as it prevents the activation of proteins that can trigger acne (cytokines).

CBD can also have an anti-bacterial and anti-fungal effect by attacking the build-up of dirt and bacteria on the skin which causes acne.

Hence, by controlling the characteristics in the development of acne – excessive sebum production, unwanted sebum growth, and inflammation – CBD can be used as a natural anti-acne treatment.


You can treat your acne by applying our 500mg Premium CBD Balm directly to your problem areas. Or you can try one of our CBD oils under the tongue for long-standing acne prevention.

Always consult your doctor to see how CBD may interact with you if you are already taking anti-acne prescription medication.



Andre, Christelle M, Jean-Francois Hausman, and Gea Guerriero. 2016. “Cannabis sativa: The Plant of the Thousand and One Molecules.” Front Plant Sci 7 (19). doi:10.3389/fpls.2016.00019.

Johnson, Jon. 2019. “CBD for acne: Does it work?” Medical News Today, 13 March.

Nall, Rachel. 2019. “Can CBD Help Treat Acne?” healthline, 22 July.

Oláh, Attila, Balázs I Tóth, István Borbíró, Koji Sugawara, Attila G Szöllõsi, Gabriella Czifra, Balázs Pál, et al. 2014. “Cannabidiol exerts sebostatic and antiinflammatory effects on human sebocytes.” The Journal of Clinical Investigation 124 (9): 3713-3724. doi:10.1172/JCI64628.

213 views0 comments

Recent Posts

See All


bottom of page