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Acne Scars Treatment: Can CBD Heal Acne Scars?

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You’re managing your acne well, and you may even feel the battle is over until you experience acne scarring. It’s nothing to be ashamed of, and we encourage you to own your unique scars! But, we understand that some people want to reduce the appearance of acne scars as much as possible. CBD has taken over the beauty and well-being industry, claiming to have a vast array of benefits, including being a new acne scars treatment.

This article will look at the science behind CBD and determine if it’s a good option for acne scars treatment. 

What are Acne Scars?

‘Acne scars’ is a general term for the marks left behind after a breakout. There are a few different types of scars, and there are various methods to treat them. However, in a Harpers Bazaar article, Aesthetician and founder of West Room Aesthetics Dija Ayodele outlines one type of scarring that requires specialist treatment. She advises being wary of “keloid scarring”, which can make you “contraindicated to treatment… such as chemical peels and micro-needling”. If you have this type of scarring, it’s best to see a doctor.

Girl suffering from acne using tea tree oil

Types of Acne Scars

Acne scars will either be atrophic or depressed scars, with atrophic being the most common on the face. A depressed scar forms when there is not enough collagen in the skin to heal the wound, and they sit below the surrounding skin. 

Three types of atrophic scars include:

Ice pick: these are narrow, deep V-shaped scars. These thin holes sometimes look like an open pore and develop from cysts or inflamed breakouts. Ice pick scars have a similar appearance to chickenpox scars and can be challenging to treat as they spread far underneath the skin’s surface.

Boxcar: wide U shaped scars with sharp edges and can make the skin appear uneven. According to Hemppedia, if collagen gets destroyed during an inflammatory breakout, skin tissue will be lost, and a boxcar scar will develop. Further to this, boxcar scars can be shallow or deep; however, the shallower they are, the better they will respond to treatment.

Rolling: these are wide scars with rounded edges and have an irregular rolling appearance. They differ from boxcar scars as they are less defined, making the skin look uneven.

Common Acne Scars Treatment:

  • Microneedling
  • Chemical peels
  • Laser
  • Fillers

Some of these treatments can be invasive and harsh on your skin. If you’re looking for a natural solution to acne scarring, CBD may be the treatment you’re after!

What is CBD?

Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of over a hundred compounds (cannabinoids) in the cannabis plant.  Alongside CBD, one of the many other cannabinoids in the plant is THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), an intoxicating compound. During production, the manufacturers will remove the THC and leave behind the beneficial elements, including CBD. 

CBD oil works by interacting with the Endocannabinoid System (ECS), a complex cell signalling system that facilitates communication among cells. The ECS plays a crucial role in homeostasis, a vital aspect of our biology that balances our body and internal systems. When you take additional cannabinoids, like CBD, it boosts the functioning of the Endocannabinoid system, therefore boosting your overall health and well-being.

More research is needed when it comes to the ECS, but we do know that it aids:

  • Sleep
  • Appetite
  • Mood
  • Learning and memory 
  • The cardiovascular system
  • Inflammation 

Since CBD can aid your overall well-being, research is showing cannabis oil to have a long list of benefits, including: 

  • Improve sleep quality and quantity 
  • Reduce eczema and hydrate the skin
  • Aid cigarette withdrawal 
  • Reducing redness and rosacea 
  • Natural pain relief 
  • Reduce anxiety and depression
  • Improve focus and attention



CBD for Acne Scars Treatment:

Alongside the above health benefits, CBD has shown notorious benefits for skin health, particularly for acne treatment.


Can CBD Heal Acne Scars?

Due to CBD’s anti-inflammatory properties, it could be ideal for dealing with pain and irritation associated with scarring. One study outlines how CBD affects scar tissue caused by psoriasis and atopic dermatitis. Published in the La Clinica Terapeutica journal, one study saw 20 participants applied a CBD product to the area twice daily for three months. Afterwhich, the researchers concluded that CBD ‘significantly improved the skin’s appearance’, especially in elasticity and hydration.

It’s important to note that this was a small study, and researchers did not put acne scars to the test. However, it shows the potential for CBD as an acne scars treatment because of the promising results it did have.

Further, the Endocannabinoid is known to play a part in cell growth, meaning when you take CBD to boost your ECS, you’re increasing your skin’s ability to heal and grow new skin cells. Moreover, a 2019 study looked at the therapeutic effect of cannabinoid and found that CBD can ‘influence wound healing’ and even prevents ‘scar formation’.


How can the hemp plant heal acne scars?

The cannabis plant also produces hemp seed oil, and it shows promising benefits for scaring too. As it contains Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids, it contributes to overall skin health. However, it’s important to note that hemp seed oil and CBD oil are different products. While CBD comes from the leaves and flowers of the hemp plant, hemp seed comes from the seeds and has other properties.

People often confuse the two products; therefore, it’s good to know the difference so you can choose the correct skincare for you. 

Like most acne scar treatments, CBD needs time to work. Be patient and wait for results to show because it’s likely it won’t happen overnight. Moreover, while more studies are necessary to prove if CBD can heal acne scars, research shows it has a ‘favourable safety profile’, so there is little risk if you want to try it for yourself!


Can CBD Aid Acne Treatment?

In addition to being a possible acne scars treatment, CBD has the potential to reduce acne. When treating acne, CBD oil can help reduce the later appearance of scars too. 

Sebum production: The sebaceous glands produce too much sebum (oil), causing acne to come about. This excess oil mixes with dead skin cells and clogs your pores, making acne pimples and lesions. A 2014 study identified that CBD plays a role in inhibiting sebum production, helping to balance the skin’s natural substances. 

Inflammation: As we have highlighted above, CBD also has anti-inflammatory properties. However, this is also beneficial if you manage active acne because it targets the inflammation caused by spots and break-outs.

Reduce stress: Finally, although stress doesn’t cause acne, there are studies to show it can trigger flare-ups. Luckily, hemp CBD oil can reduce stress and boost the body’s ability to use serotonin. 

In conclusion… 

It can be challenging dealing with acne scarring, especially if you’ve already been battling with acne for some time. We hope this article has provided you with some interesting insight into how CBD may aid your skincare journey.

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