When I was searching for a good oil to use on my face to do the oil cleansing method that wouldn’t clog pores, I came across hemp seed oil. Now and for the past few months, it’s the only thing I use on my face, except for makeup. Not only is it perfect for doing the oil cleansing method, but I’ve found it also is the best moisturizer for acne prone skin. It is rated a zero on the comedongenic scale, so it won’t clog your pores while it’s helping to fight acne too! Some even say they’ve seen an improvement in acne scars from using it.
It’s best to use an oil that is low on the the comedogenic scale, which goes from 0 (non-comedogenic) to the highest rating of 5 (the most comedogenic), which means it is much more likely to clog pores and cause breakouts especially for those with acne prone skin. Since hemp seed oil is rated a zero, I felt comfortable giving it a try and to my surprise I’ve found it to be the best moisturizer for acne prone skin!
What is Hemp Seed Oil?
Hemp seed oil is a light green oil made from cold pressing hemp seeds. It contains Omega 6 (linoleic acid) and Omega 3 fatty acids, antioxidants, vitamin E, vitamin A, and minerals . It also contains a good amount of chlorophyll which gives it its green color.
Why Hemp Seed Oil is the Best Moisturizer for Acne Prone Skin:
Not only is hemp seed oil an excellent moisturizer for acne prone skin, but it can also be used to treat acne! It is very moisturizing for your skin. It’s anti-inflammatory properties reduce redness, irritation, and promotes healing for your skin. And it’s anti-oxidant properties help with protecting skin from free radical damage.
Many with acne who have tried it highly recommend it and gave it a 5 star review on acne.org. Some even say they’ve noticed their pore size reduced, but I haven’t noticed a change in this yet myself. This is another reason it is the best moisturizer for acne prone skin.
Hemp seed oil contains a high amount, over 57% of linoleic acid, which occurs in your skin’s natural oils. Skins natural oils are often thought of as being bad, but actually when you strip your skin of it’s natural oils, it can cause more problems and breakouts. This is because the natural oils protect our skin.
The high content of omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids in the hemp seed oil also help protect the skin and aid in repairing and healing, increase elasticity, and also can help with anti-aging.
In addition to helping with acne, many use hemp seed oil to successfully reduce the symptoms of other skin conditions, including eczema and psoriasis.
What Kind of Hemp Seed Oil to Buy?
It’s important to buy a high quality hemp seed oil because it can easily oxidize and go rancid due to its high content of polyunsaturated fats. Make sure to buy one that is organic, unrefined, cold pressed and comes in a dark container. This is the one I use. It has a dark container which protects the oil from going bad.
How to Use Hemp Seed Oil as a Moisturizer:
Before applying, use either the oil cleansing method (preferable) or wash your face.
Using clean hands take a teaspoon of hemp seed oil and lightly massage the oil on your face.
The oil does have a slight greenish tint, so if you’ll be going out or want to apply any makeup on top, follow these two simple steps:
- Just leave the oil on your face for about 15 to 20 minutes.
- Then take a face towel and lightly pat or wipe the oil off. This gives your face time to absorb the oil, become moisturized, yet you get rid of the excess oil and greenish tint. By doing this, you also continue to get the acne-fighting properties as it absorbs into your skin.
Typically in the morning, I do the oil cleansing method using the hemp seed oil, and then after that I apply more of the oil to leave on my skin as a moisturizer. Not only is it the best moisturizer for acne prone skin, but it’s great for removing makeup naturally too!
How to Use it for the Oil Cleansing Method and to Remove Makeup:
If you’re familiar with the oil cleansing method and you have been using other oils, you can replace them with hemp seed oil.
To do the Oil Cleansing Method with Hemp Seed Oil:
1. Using clean hands, take about a teaspoon of the oil and lightly massage your face with it.
2. Take a facecloth and run mildly hot water on it. Ring it out and place over your face. Leave it covering your face for about 1 minute.
3. Then, take another facecloth, dampen it, and lightly rub all the excess oil off of your face.
I also use the hemp seed oil to remove my makeup with same method. Using clean hands, I take one teaspoon to a tablespoon of the oil and rub it all over my face on top of the makeup. Then, take a mildly hot towel and place it over my face for 30 seconds. Last, I take a different towel, dampen it with water and rub off the makeup and oil from my face. The makeup comes right off, without leaving any on your skin to clog pores. I use these small face clothes to do all of this, that way they don’t take as much space in the washer.
How to Store it:
Most recommend that hemp seed oil should be kept in a cool dark place, so keeping it in your refrigerator would be preferable, but not required. This is because it contains a high amount of polyunsaturated fats and oxidizes fairly quickly. (This is the only drawback about using it for skincare, you’ll need to go to the kitchen to get it, but so worth it!)
My Results with Hemp Seed Oil:
Before using hemp seed oil, I was using jojoba oil to do the oil cleansing method and as a moisturizer when I needed it. Jojoba oil is another really good oil to use but it does have a rating of 1 on the comedogenic scale and even though that still has a very low risk of clogging pores, it is not as good as the hemp seed oil. Since I switched to only using hemp seed oil, my skin has been noticeably clearer, I have less redness and my skin is never dry anymore. It really is the best moisturizer for acne prone skin! I’m really happy with the results and I’m going to keep it as the only product I use in my skin regimen.