Is Hemp Seed Oil the New Acne-Fighting Hero?

Once upon a time, acne was thought to be primarily a problem that affects teenagers. Nowadays, however, adult acne has become an increasingly common skin condition. Although it can affect all sexes, women are more likely to deal with acne due to the hormonal fluctuations that can cause oily skin and breakouts. If you struggle with the condition you’re not alone: Some 85 percent of women and 15 percent of men experience acne.

And if you’re part of this population, you know how hard it can be to cure acne. Despite the hundreds of acne treatments on the market, the struggle to find the right one is real. No two people are the same, and every complexion reacts differently. That’s why acne can be such a frustrating condition to live with: it’s hard to hide and sometimes feels impossible to treat. Adult acne sufferers can also develop low self-confidence, depression, and anxiety in trying to fix a problem that refuses to go away.

So when you hear that hemp seed oil for acne is the latest miracle product, maybe you’re a little sceptical. But hemp seed oil has a host of properties that set it apart from the typical acne treatments you might have used before. Cold-pressed from the seeds of the hemp plant, it’s rich in nourishing vitamins and essential fatty acids, while also containing no cannabinoids such as THC and CBD. Hemp seed oil is known to balance the natural oils in your skin - which could be the key to reducing acne.

What Causes Acne?

Acne is caused by an excessive buildup of sebum. This sticky natural oil produced by your skin traps dirt, dead skin, and bacteria, causing the clogged pores that eventually become pimples. Whether you have whiteheads, blackheads, or painful cysts under the skin, the culprit is always a microcomedo, or tiny clogged pore. As for what causes that little pore to balloon into a zit? That’s a much more complicated answer.

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Dermatologists have noticed this phenomenon over the last two decades, and many are now treating more adult acne patients than adolescents. There are several possible reasons why the causes of acne among adults might be on the rise.


Environmental factors play a major role, as city-dwellers are exposed to high levels of pollution that cause pore blockages. Even outside the city, chemicals are hard to escape and can have a systemic impact on our bodies, leading to hormonal imbalances that supercharge sebum production. Climate change is making us hotter and sweatier, destroying our skin as well as our planet. Of course, the latest fashion of wearing masks doesn’t do our skin any favours either.

Diet & lifestyle

Researchers have raised concerns about the modern Western-style diet, which relies heavily on meat, dairy, sugar and processed foods that can increase inflammation in the body. Acne is an inflammatory disease, which is why that clogged pore erupts into an angry red bump. A sedentary lifestyle also leads to less blood circulation and oxygenation of the skin, leading to more dull, dead skin that can worsen acne.

Skin treatments

Perhaps more shocking than these factors is the chance that acne medications themselves are causing more acne. Conventional acne treatments - even those that are prescribed by dermatologists - usually contain harsh ingredients like peroxide, retinols, steroids, antibiotics, and strong alpha-hydroxy acids in chemical peel formulations. Although they do cure acne in the short-term, they can do lasting damage to the delicate balance of bacteria known as the skin microbiome.

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Is Hemp Seed Oil an Effective Acne Treatment?

With so many varied causes of acne, what can hemp seed oil really do to combat it? First and foremost, hemp seed oil is great for your skin. It’s all-natural, deeply moisturising, and packed with beneficial antioxidants and vitamins that feed your skin.

When it comes to hemp seed oil for acne specifically, it offers unique benefits that work together with your skin, not against it. Here are a few reasons why hemp seed oil is being seen as a serious contender in the fight against acne.

Sebum balancing

Hemp seed oil has the ability to provide rich, intense moisture to your skin, without leaving you shining like a disco ball. Yes, excess sebum causes pimples, but flaky, dry skin clogs pores as well. Skin needs hydration to renew itself and heal from breakouts, so even the oiliest complexions still need moisturiser. Hemp seed oil regulates the levels of sebum your oil glands produce, making it a good choice for any skin type.


Hemp seed oil contains gamma-linoleic acid (GLA), among many other omega-6 fatty acids that nourish the skin. What makes GLA special is its anti-inflammatory effect that can calm down acne flare-ups. Vitamin E is another moisturising agent that provides antioxidant action, reducing the environmental stresses on your skin. Besides boosting the health of your skin barrier, it also soothes inflammation.


Unlike most acne treatments, hemp seed oil is a natural, gentle solution. You don’t have to worry about rashes and raw, irritated skin, or the uncomfortable peeling that comes with using retinol products, peroxides, and acids. Hemp seed oil is effective without stripping your skin or drying it out. If you have adult acne, then you most likely have other skincare concerns like fine lines or dullness. Hemp seed oil is not just a reductive acne treatment, but part of a holistic skincare regimen that improves the overall health of your skin.

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How to use hemp seed oil for your acne

It’s easy to incorporate MUKOOMI Hemp CBD Oil - in its convenient and sustainable portable dropper bottle - into your daily routine. A teaspoon in your morning smoothie or chamomile tea at bedtime provides your skin with the benefits of hemp seed oil from the inside out. MUKOOMI Hemp CBD Oil is safe to be used directly on the skin, too.

  • Use hemp seed oil as a moisturiser after you cleanse, exfoliate, and tone.
  • Add hemp seed oil to your DIY face mask or sheet mask, and relax with it on for at least 20 minutes.
  • To remove makeup and dirt at the end of the day, try the oil cleansing method: mix another non-comedogenic oil like sweet almond or sunflower oil with some hemp seed oil, massage into your face, and then wash off with cleanser. You’ll be left with squeaky clean skin that feels fresh. Lock in the hydration with a moisturiser, or some more hemp seed oil.
  • Apply hemp seed oil to acne breakouts and scars as a spot treatment.

Always do a patch test on the inside of your elbow before applying a new product to the face.

If you’ve never heard of hemp seed oil as an acne treatment before, now is your chance to give it a try. MUKOOMI Hemp CBD Oil comes with the added benefits of 100% organic CBD in pure hemp oil. CBD is a powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant, known for helping cells regenerate. It’s a blessing for skin in general, and a soothing, natural remedy for acne in particular.

Try MUKOOMI Hemp CBD Skin Serum for all the acne-fighting power of hemp seed oil, CBD, toning geranium oil, and cleansing bitter orange oil. There’s no fragrance or harsh chemicals to irritate your skin - just a luxurious, silky serum that you can use in the morning and evening.

Bonus: our Hemp CBD Oil and Hemp CBD Skin Serum are formulated for use on all skin, so they’re perfect to treat acne on your body, too.

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