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Hemp seed oil: how Cannabis sativa oil nourishes skin

Learn the science, benefits & uses of hemp seed oil, rich in skin-loving fatty acids!

Hemp seed oil is cold-pressed from the seeds of the hemp plant, Cannabis sativa. It’s light, silky, and full of skin-nourishing fatty acids.

What hemp seed oil DOESN’T contain is any psychoactive substances. There’s no THC—or even CBD—in hemp seed oil. All you get is pure goodness for your skin!

Its scent is nutty and rich. Since hemp seed is one of the more delicate carriers, it should be stored in the fridge—or at least in a cool, dark area. Hemp seed oil doesn’t like too much heat. Read on to learn what makes hemp seed so soothing, and why people with sensitive, oily, and acne-prone skin love it!

Hemp seed science

Hemp seed is rich in linoleic and linolenic fatty acids, along with some oleic acid. It also contains vitamins A and E, making it a great antioxidant oil for skin care!

Linoleic acid has been shown to reduce signs of aging and brighten skin tone, creating a more smooth, even complexion. It also protects the skin’s barrier, which reduces “trans epidermal water loss” (the amount of water that evaporates from skin). This means it helps keep your skin hydrated. The skin barrier also protects against environmental damage.

Oils rich in linoleic acid are especially useful for acne-prone and oily skin. Since it moisturizes skin without clogging pores, it’s helpful for people who need to balance their skin and calm red, tender breakouts.

Hemp seed oil contains omega 6 and omega 3 fatty acids in a ratio of 3:1 (the recommended balance of fatty acids for skin care).

Benefits & uses of hemp seed!

benefits & uses of hemp seed oil

A lot of research has been done on the components of hemp seed oil! We know we can use it for…

  • Anti-aging: Vitamins A and E are excellent for reducing fine lines and wrinkles.
  • Antioxidant: Antioxidants (like vitamins A and E) help fight free radicals, which damage skin cells and weak skin’s structure.
  • Calming irritation: The fatty acids in hemp seed oil have been shown to soothe irritated, itchy, and even sore skin issues.
  • Moisturizing: Hemp seed oil moisturizes skin and repairs the skin barrier—which prevents skin from losing hydration while protecting against environmental damage (like pollution).
  • Reducing acne: Hemp seed moisturizes skin without clogging pores. It can even soothe redness and breakouts. Linoleic acid plays a big role here!
  • Soothing discomfort: Hemp seed oil contains plant sterols that can comfort muscles and joints.
  • Skin repairing: Use hemp seed to help damaged skin repair itself. Oleic acid is particularly helpful for this!

Hemp seed oil recipes

Keep learning!

Hemp seed is one of our favorite Exotic carriers for luxurious blends!

Hemp seed comes from Canada. The other oils on our list come from all around the world—West Africa, Madagascar, and more. Learning to use these less common carriers means you can make a wider range of therapeutic blends for yourself and your clients.

References

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Cardoso CR, Favoreto S Jr, Oliveira LL, Vancim JO, Barban GB, Ferraz DB, Silva JS. (2011) Oleic acid modulation of the immune response in wound healing: a new approach for skin repair. Immunobiology. Mar;216(3):409-15. doi: 10.1016/j.imbio.2010.06.007. Epub 2010 Jul 23. PMID: 20655616.

Chen, C. C., Nien, C. J., Chen, L. G., Huang, K. Y., Chang, W. J., & Huang, H. M. (2019). Effects of Sapindus mukorossi Seed Oil on Skin Wound Healing: In Vivo and in Vitro Testing. International journal of molecular sciences, 20(10), 2579. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijms20102579

Kafi R, Kwak HS, Schumacher WE, Cho S, Hanft VN, Hamilton TA, King AL, Neal JD, Varani J, Fisher GJ, Voorhees JJ, Kang S. (2007) Improvement of naturally aged skin with vitamin A (retinol). Archives of Dermatology. May;143(5):606-12. doi: 10.1001/archderm.143.5.606. PMID: 17515510.

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Nasrollahi, S. A., Ayatollahi, A., Yazdanparast, T., Samadi, A., Hosseini, H., Shamsipour, M., Akhlaghi, A. A., Yadangi, S., Abels, C., & Firooz, A. (2018). Comparison of linoleic acid-containing water-in-oil emulsion with urea-containing water-in-oil emulsion in the treatment of atopic dermatitis: a randomized clinical trial. Clinical, cosmetic and investigational dermatology, 11, 21–28. doi.org/10.2147/CCID.S145561

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