A few years ago I had used oil in my skin care (grapeseed and olive) with good results, but stopped after a while. After researching oils more thoroughly recently, I decided to try hemp seed. I wasn't concerned about breakouts because I had done well with grapeseed and olive oil even though they have a higher comedogenic rating than hemp. I used a well rated hemp seed oil (nutiva), and only applied 2 drops of it after my skin care routine one night. The next day I woke up with two small cysts on my jawline. I do occaisionally get a cyst on my chin, but they've never been on the rest of my jaw. I don't believe in "purging," especially when it comes to cysts. I immediately stopped using the hemp seed oil, but have developed 3 other cysts along my jawline. Luckily they are all fairly small and only one is tender, so I'm hoping they'll go down soon.
I am incredibly happy for the people who have found great results with hemp seed oil! But if you're looking to try this oil then please proceed carefully. All the lists I saw gave it a 0 comedogenic rating, but there are many stories of people (like myself) developing cystic acne because of it. Please first do a spot test for a couple weeks. If you have cystic acne then perhaps try the spot test in that area to make sure it doesn't aggravate your symptoms!
If you have developed cystic acne or another sort of breakout because of this oil, then here are the steps I've been taking that have helped me:
Wash with a very very gentle cleanser. Follow with BHA or AHA (alternate days, but pull back if it's irritating your skin). Use azelaic acid (or benzoyl peroxide, although it is a stronger irritant) on the affected areas (I apply a thin layer across my entire jaw, not just as spot treatment, because it seems more cysts are developing along there).
It's ok, it's not your fault, and your skin will recover. The inflammation will go down and your skin will heal, it will just take time. And please if it's very serious, go to your doctor!!
The amount of negative reviews for this oil are kind of a shocker to me, not because I doubt their validity, but simply because I had no drastic reaction to this. I started with shea butter, and when that proved too much for my oily skin I read that hemp seed oil is a good noncomedogenic moisturiser. It's an okay moisturiser, better than oilfree which do nothing for me, but at the same time not as good as shea butter. It makes me shiny and smells weird, BUT it did not break me out. At least I don't think so, perhaps I should try cutting it out to see if my skin will become perfect overnight, but its definitely the best its ever been right now.
I bought HEMP SEED OIL UNREFINED VIRGIN ORGANIC CARRIER COLD PRESSED RAW 100% the brand is Green Beauty on Amazon and im scared that this might break me out but im not sure. Any recommendations on which brand worked the best for people? i have clogged pores and very textured skin on my forehead and chin that are very visible in light. HELPPP
I've tried almost everything and used Benzoyl PEroxide sucessfully through my 20's until... I became SUPER allergic to it (swollen eyes, swollen face, etc". I couldn't figure out what to do. Eventually I discovered OCM and decided Hemp Oil was the best oil to use. I use it a few times a week along with retin-A and Aquaphor at night. I'm using the Retin -A for scarring, the hemp oil maintains my skin and keeps it BALANCED. I don't clean my face except with Micellar water and it's turning the lock back and healing my face. Yay Ë†___Ë†
I swapped out emu oil for hemp seed oil in my OCM routine and I think it is milessss better. It feels like satin on your skin, making it seem so balanced, moisturised and yet not oily. It also is non-clogging and anti-inflammatory and does a lot to reduce pimples. It seems like some people might be allergic to it so be aware - if you aren't allergic, then it is definitely THE BEST oil out there for skin issues. Just make sure you get a high quality brand and keep it refrigerated!
So sad, reAlly wanted to like it. It made my skin soft but I was getting cystic acne in places I never get, like my forehead. I used first only during the day, a few drops and pat in and that went on for about a month and a half. Twice a day the second month but it just didnt help. Once I stopped, I only got the acne on my chin where it normally is
I bought hemp seed oil for my 15 year old daughter as she was suffering from moderate acne. Decided to try the natural approach for her skin. This product caused her skin to break out drastically. Her forehead which previously had no acne was soon covered it acne...
I think this product may work for post acne skin. I could see the benefit in controlling oil but i wouldn't recommend if your acne is active....
I had very nice skin but it went to hell after using just 2 DROPS of nutiva hemp oil am and pm for only a week! After that I literally had acne everywhere but my forehead! I had never heard of this oil breaking anyone out so I was obviously shocked! I beg you to use caution if trying things even if they are supposed to be noncomodegenic
I have acne prone, combination skin that is prone to clogged pores on my forehead, chin and cheeks. I find myself constantly trying to use different kinds of exfoliants and acne products to keep my pores clean. However, no matter how "clear" my pores are the moisturizers I use always had a problem of clogging up my skin again.
That is until I found this product.
I did some research about how hemp seed oil (not hemp oil) has a comedogenic rating of zero and how it helps dissolve sebum plugs and balance overactive sebum production (which is the major concern for my skin). I bought a small bottle (cold pressed, unrefined) not really hoping for anything but willing to experiment. After a week of using this product as a nightly moisturizer I am very satisfied with the results. In one week my oil production on my T-zone has reduced dramatically. This oil is perfect for balancing my oily t-zone but was bit drying on my dry cheeks. I might need to put double up a moisturizer for my cheeks.
Despite my high rating for this product though, it is not a miracle worker. I want to reiterate: this is NOT a miracle oil. Just like any new product I use for my skin I did experience purging the first few days of using this oil. These pimples did not go away quickly, I was diligent in using exfoliants and acne creams to keep my pores clean before applying this oil. Remember, if your skin is clogged to begin with no matter how non-comedogenic this oil is, it will not help you reduce pimples. You would still need to maintain a steady acne combating regimen in conjunction to using this product as a moisturizer. Overall this did what I was looking for in a moisturizer: non-clogging and oil balancing. I did not expect it to reduce my acne since I have other products that target that issue.
Overall, I highly recommend those who has oily pore clogging skin to give this oil a try. Anybody with normal to dry skin, this oil might be too drying for you. Those who are suffering from acne, I've been there and I am still combating it everyday. I would highly recommend asking yourself what your skin concern is and do some research. While these reviews are helpful, everyone has different skin problems. What works for one person might not work for you so do research form an informed conclusion based on your skin problems before using any product. Good luck!
Edit 8/30/17: After more than a year of using this product, I can say that the quality of this oil changes with the brand. After using up the first oil I bought from amazon, I bought the nutiva brand's hemp seed oil. My skin reacted terribly to the product and I started developing acne again. I decided to stop using the oil on my face and the pimples slowly disappeared. Since stopping this oil, I have not gone back to this regime. I had found another moisturizer which works for my skin. I am keeping the ratings for this product the same since I had really good results from the first brand of hemp seed oil I used but I want to caution the readers to be careful which brand you get. I bought a no brand name hemp seed oil from amazon which was unrefined and cosmetic grade and had great results. The nutiva one, not so much. I think this oil has all the benefits and science to be a great noncomedogenic moisturizer but everybody's skin is different. I want to reiterate do NOT expect this to work miracles, you need to have a good acne combatting regime in conjunction to this oil.
I've only been using organic hemp seed oil for 2 days and have already seen a dramatic difference in my skin. I've been vegan for about 3 months now and all of my normal acne has gone away but I've always struggled with clogged pores/whiteheads/blackheads and sense this oil has 0 chances of clogging your pores and actually is softer then your skins natural sebum it can get into the pores and help unclog the hardened sebum in your pores. 2 days and my clogged pores all over my forehead have already gone down so much and are almost gone. I couldn't recommend it more. If you struggle with comodomal acne and have tried everything but this, just try it I'm so glad I did.
I highly recommend using this as a topical. Many people may suggest using this internally for its benefits but I doubt it will have an effect on your skin that way. This is because it is high in Omega 6 fats which are inflammatory in EXCESS. Also the conversion rate of ALA to EPA & DHA (Omega 3 fats) in most people is really really low, around 4%. However, I have read that some people with acne have a specific, regional skin deficiency in Linoleic Acid (Omega 6 in hemp) but not an overall body deficiency if that makes sense. This won't "fix" or "cure" your acne completely however it brings down overall redness & visible inflammation and also reduces active acne in a relatively short period of time. This is the closest I have gotten to a "quick fix". Keritinization is a good word to know.
I bought hemp seed oil on a whim to use as an everyday moisturizer. I have been using it for a couple months and it is the best thing I have ever tried! I have tried tons of different moisturizers, and most would clog me up. This does not at all! I use this in combination with PanOxyl 10% Benzoyl Peroxide, and it does wonderfully. I can always tell how dry my skin is when using a different moisturizer with PanOxyl, and with hemp seed oil it never happens. It absorbs quickly and feels great; one of the best purchases I have made! This is the best thing for very drying face washes, but now I can keep a moisturized complexion and be acne-free. I will put a Neutrogena sunblock after this absorbs if I am going outside at all, or the CeraVe AM. If you are getting breakouts from this, you should be aware that this can essentially create a barrier on your skin, so if you are using something that clogs your pores and coating it then this will not solve your problems. I only use PanOxyl and hemp seed oil (plus the occasional sunscreen for face) and I rarely breakout. I encourage you to try this! I have broken out from every other oil tried and I have sensitive, oily skin.