Hemp Seed Oil Skin Benefits

Hemp seed oil
Hemp seed oil
Hemp seed oil


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Smell, Texture, Absorption Speed: Hemp oil has a smell of freshly cut grass (no worries, nothing even remotely close to the smell of weed!). Regarding the texture, it is known to be a dry oil that is very quickly and easily absorbed by the skin without leaving a greasy residue. In fact, it is so dry that you might find it to be almost rough on the skin.
Preparation Method: As the oil is rather dry, it is advised to mix it up with “oilier” oils if you are using it on dry skin.
Application Method: Tap a few drops of the oil or a mixture of oils on clean, damp face as a final touch to your facial routine. Keep this oil in the fridge.
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Hemp seed oil is a great non-clogging oil that helps to reduce the size of pores, blackheads, acne, protects the skin from free radicals and provides the body with essential nutrients required in order to maintain epidermal lipids, skin’s water barrier, elasticity and softness. In addition, it has anti-inflammatory benefits, reduces redness and is recommended for the treatment of psoriasis and eczema.


For very dry skin, it may feel too dry as a dry oil, so it should be mixed with thicker oils.

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Hemp Seed Oil is known for particularly high levels Omega-6 (50-60%) and Omega-3 (15-20%).

Both Omega-6 and Omega-3 fatty acids are called Essential Fatty Acids. Although essential for our healthy functioning, these acids cannot produced by our bodies. Therefore, we must receive enough of them from our diet.

Main benefits of Essential Fatty Acids:

  • Reduction of pore size, blackheads, acne. Essential Fatty Acids they mix with our own skin’s oils and make them thinner, less clogging. It is a complicated mechanism but the final result is that once our own facial oil becomes thinner, our pores grow smaller. This, in the long-run also reduces the appearance of blackheads and helps skin prone to acne.
  • Reconstruction of epidermal lipids, skin’s water barrier and elasticity. Omega-6s play a very important role in the reconstruction of epidermal lipids required to avoid wrinkles and in the prevention of water loss and skin barrier repair while Omega-3s are essential in maintaining the skin’s elasticity. Due to these reparatory effects, oils high in Essential Fatty Acids are recommended to heal dry skin, psoriasis, eczema and their long-term usage helps to avoid pre-mature aging by maintaining healthy skin functioning.
  • Anti-inflammatory benefits. Omega-3s are particularly useful in reducing skin inflammation and redness.
  • Anti-oxidant effects. These essential fatty acids also protect our skin from free radicals, which in turn strengthens their anti-aging benefits even further.

The high essential fatty acid content of this oil makes it one of the most useful oils to be added to the skin care regime for all skin types. It should be mixed with thicker oils in the case of dry, mature, normal skin while it can be used alone for combination and oily skin.

In addition to adding the Hemp Seed Oil to your skin care regime, you should consider adding some to your salad as it is a great way to provide our body with the famous Omega-3s!

Other oils high in Omega-3 include Kiwi, Chia, Incha Inchu, Perilla, Camelline seed oils, while high levels of Omega-6 can be found in Evening Primrose, Grape seed, Safflower, Passionflower, Sunflower oils.



    Try hemp seeds in oatmeal. I’ been taking both the oil and seeds every day for 14 months. My wife has even mentioned that my skin really looks good. Crows feet are gone and the wrinkles around my mouth have started to dissipate, I was a smoker for 28 years, quit 24 years ago. She is a very skeptical person and said she will try applying it on her skin.


    Hemp seed oil definitely clogged my skin. I think these blanket statements about it not blocking pores should be a bit more circumspect!


    After battling with oiling skin (so severe during pregnancy it would drip off my chin!) for over 20 years this oil has been amazing! My acne flared up at around week 3 but I persisted around week 12 my huge pores look smaller, my oil has decreased by about 80% and my skin has looked clearer than it has for 20 years, I am now down to just using a concealer for the odd pimple, I never in my life thought I would get these results from an oil. I am never changing back to my old skin care rountine. Hempseed oil rocks!!!


    I’ve been using hemp seed oil for about 3 months now. My skin started to feel dry at month 2, so I started applying nore oil to moisturize. I felt so confident with this oil that I even applied it around my eyes (very silly). I now have what I think is eczema on my eyelids and I’ve never had it and have never had dry skin. Boy oh boy have I made a mess of it. Clearly the oil is too dry for me but I just don’t get it, so many websites and blogs promote hemp seed oil for dry skin and eczema because it’s a fab moisturizer. Why has it done the complete opposite for me?


    What kind of hempseed oil do you get? Unrefined, cold pressed, extra virgin, virgin?


    Since hempseed oil is considered a dry oil, so it can be combined to virgin coconut oil since its a thicker oil, (whipped them together) what do you think will be the ratio of them if combined? Thanks ^_^

    • Avatar of The Happy Skin Diary

      :) It really depends on what you want to use it for. Body could take more coconut oil than the facial skin. Also, coconut oil is really a very long one, so if you prefer quicker penetration, you could mix hemp oil with, for example, apricot kernel or virgin sunflower oil :)

        rj williams

        If anything the coconut oil is deep penetrative just as much as the hemp seed oil. Coconut Oil is a short chain fatty acid so both together would be a double boost of great beneficial oils.


      Just be careful with the coconut oil on the face. It clogs the pores and may cause acne.


    I’ve read it would benefit one more to take hemp oil orally and let it work from the inside. What’s your take?

    • Avatar of The Happy Skin Diary

      Oh yes, we are totally convinced that working from the inside is the best way to take care of the skin! And hemp oil is very beneficial due to it’s high level of omega-3 acids that are known to reduce inflammation in your body (which is the basic cause of all evil). So, it is indeed great for that! My only problem is that personally I do not find it very tasty.. So, I prefer to eat hemp seeds instead..

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