CBD and Acne CBD Benefits CBD Skincare

Common Skin Spots & How to Use CBD for Acne

I've never been one not to pay much attention to skincare in general. Rubbing creams and salves on my skin make me feel uncomfortable, and this includes sunblock. I've been incredibly fortunate not to be harmed by this until now. However, not properly taking care of my skin could result in disastrous aftereffects later down the line. 

It doesn't help to have a dermatologist friend to nag me about skincare importance constantly, so I've finally decided to listen. But because he's always suggesting I use products that are just as expensive as an appointment with him, I've decided to do my research. Luckily, this has allowed me to learn a lot more about CBD skin applications, and although I'm not trying to treat acne myself, that is where we're going to concentrate on in this article.

CBD for Acne - How it Works & What the Research Says

Unfortunately, CBD has not been confirmed as a proper acne treatment. Although CBD applications in skincare are boundless, there is yet to be a conclusive study that proves CBD can be considered an appropriate acne treatment.

All we can say about CBD's skin effects is that it has been linked to potential analgesic, anti-inflammatory, and moisturizing properties. Which has, in turn, connected the cannabinoid to an array of potential beauty applications. The cannabinoid acts on the skin, and its effect on acne still has to be investigated further, but the future seems bright and the applications innumerable. 

How to Use CBD for Skincare

CBD products for skincare come in many different versions. Most of them are reduced to topical applications, but they can also come as edibles. In the form of edibles, CBD for acne usually comes in capsule form. This form allows companies to guarantee an accurate dose and appropriate timing for it.

However, most CBD acne products are found within the topical category. Creams, salves, serums, lotions, and even soaps all form a vibrant product lineup.

Types of Acne

Acne can come from different sources and result in various types of skin blemishes. Each condition results in a different kind of acne, and each with a distinct appearance and behavior.

Over the counter medications can be found for most acne conditions, including CBD acne medication. However, if the situation is too difficult and advanced, the best option is to visit a licensed dermatologist to provide treatment accordingly. You know it is time to see a doctor when the lesion is very painful and large, but we'll define each type ahead for more clarity.

We've all been through, or at most of us have been, through an awkward stage where our face seems to be growing into its proper form. The skin that covers it is changing. The skin becomes oily, dry, and sometimes just plain unpredictable.

Each type of acne responds differently to treatments. That's why treatment for each type of acne is customized accordingly—this way, the risk of long-term skin marks, spots, and scars reduces drastically. 

Acne related lesions fall into two main categories; those that cause inflammation and those that don't.

Non-inflammatory Acne Types:


Whiteheads, also known as comedones, are small spots with a whitish spot or bump in the middle. Whiteheads can sometimes have hair growing from the bump center that seems trapped in the blemish due to a clogged pore.

Whiteheads do not cause scarring, but they are caused by oily skin. By using CBD products, you could help dry out the whiteheads if formulated with the right ingredients. 

Another potential use of CBD acne products is a preventive one. By applying CBD products, you can regulate skin oil production so that it doesn't clog up the pores that ultimately lead to whiteheads.


Blackheads are, as the name suggests, small dark or black spots that don't usually end in raised bumps. Blackheads can be large or incredibly small and extremely painful to pop.

Blackheads are whiteheads that have opened and widened enough to expose the acne's contents to the exterior, causing the whitehead to darken and result in what we commonly refer to as blackheads.

The application of CBD oil acne treatment, in this case, is the same as you would on whiteheads, a preventive way to dry out the blackheads and clean the surface.

Inflammatory Acne types:


Pustules, or as you might probably know them, pimples, are similar in appearance to whiteheads, but they have now grown into a tender bump with whitish or yellowish pus. The pus inside the pustule is made by immune cells and bacterial cells.

Because of their advanced state, pimples are inflamed and are usually much more painful than regular whiteheads. 

The best way to home-treat pustules is by gently washing the affected area twice a day, applying warm compresses, and applying products that combat bacteria and ultimately reduce the inflammation. 

Because CBD acne products are made with analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties, many companies are producing CBD oil for acne that helps reduce the inflammation caused by pustules to help relieve the pain caused by it.


Papules are small, tender bumps under the skin that don't give the appearance of being filled with pus and dead cells. They have no visible center, and the skin does not seem to be thinner on a papule like it is on a whitehead or pustule.

Papules are said to develop by the irritation caused by untreated whiteheads and blackheads. The damage caused by both non-inflammatory spots results in this, a more advanced and potentially inflammatory skin condition.

As you might be realizing by now, the best CBD for acne is the one you use as a preventive product instead of waiting for the condition to be advanced enough to leave scars.


Cysts look like an overgrown pustule that does not necessarily look white from outside but is filled with pus. Cysts are the most painful and most likely to cause scarring from all the acne conditions. Cysts are severe in appearance and pain.

They do not look white because they are buried deep in the skin, which makes it necessary to look for dermatologic assistance. Although there are CBD acne products that could potentially help treat or prevent cysts, if you've reached this point, then the best option is to visit the doctor's office for professional advice and treatment.


Nodules are like cysts, but they feel more hardened to the touch and possibly larger than papules. Nodules have no visible center or head and are best left to be treated by a licensed professional.

Because they go so deep, nodules may cause severe scarring if left untreated or treated by an inexperienced person. 

Hemmfy articles and blogs are meant to entertain and educate. However, we are not medical professionals and do not intend to give medical advice through them.

The knowledge around CBD and other cannabis-derived products is growing and constantly changing, as does their legal status. Hence, we recommend checking with your local authorities and a licensed physician prior to consumption.

Simon Cartagena

Simon Cartagena is a full-time cannabis copywriter. This has led him to write for companies like Hemmfy.com where he acts as Senior Content Writer and other world-renowned cannabis publications. Simon has created Content Marketing strategies and articles that have helped company revenues increase by up to 1,000%. Simon’s goal is to help people understand cannabis in an industry where misinformation seems to be predominant.