Hemp Seed Oil


35 reviews

82% would repurchase

Package Quality: 3.5

Price: $$

Package Quality: 3.5

Price: $$



Age: 25-29

Skin: Other, Other, Not Sure

Hair: Other, Other, Other

Eyes: Other

You guys, this is hemp oil, not hemp SEED oil. They are 2 different things. Hemp seed oil is best used on face... not hemp oil.


Age: 19-24

Skin: Acne-prone, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Black, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

I have very sensitive, oily skin, and though I don't suffer from acne anymore (asides from the occasional breakout from that time of the month), my worst skin enemy is clogged pores. Before using hemp seed oil, I used a mixture of rose water, glycerin, and extra virgin avocado oil and sprayed it on my face. I had actually been using this mix for a couple of years now. My skin was doing just ok, but the clogged pores were a recurring problem. I exfoliate 2-3 times a week, in addition to using a clarifying clay mask at least once a week in order to keep them under control. My skin was very temperamental as well; sometimes it was smooth sailing, and other times I had an uneven, rough skin texture. It was driving me nuts, because I thought I was doing everything I could to treat my clogged pores.

Enter hemp seed oil. I've been using it for half a year now, and my skin has never looked better. If you're an oily skinned (or combo) person, don't be afraid to use oils! But the secret is in what type of oil you use. A little googling about the different types of oils and the skin types they are best suited for allowed me to finally track down hemp seed oil.

My clogged pores were definitely due to the extra virgin avocado oil that I was using. Richer, emollient oils such as avocado and olive oil are rich in oleic acid, which are more suited for dry skin. Based on my experience, these are the types of oil that if applied straight to the skin, will never absorb completely. They leave an oily film on the face that is quite irritating, which is why I used it in a mixture and sprayed it on my face instead.

Lighter weight oils such as hemp seed oil or rose hip oil absorb better and are more suited for oily skin because they are high in linoleic acid. If your skin is abundant with this type of acid, it will become balanced, will not produce excess oil, and breakouts/clogged pores will occur less.

This has been the case for me for the past 6 months. I don't mix hemp seed oil with anything. I use it straight from the bottle and apply it onto the skin. Even during that time of the month, I haven't suffered a single breakout. My complexion is near flawless, and I never wear foundation these days. Best of all, it is smoother and more even, and I don't get nearly as many clogged pores as I used to. My skin is more normal than oily these days. I bought a 4 oz bottle of extra virgin hemp seed oil off eBay for about $7, and I still haven't run out. Talk about bang for your buck.

Some tips on using hemp seed oil:
-If you've never used an oil, you might experience some purging, which may result in pimples or clogged pores. Don't let this put you off! Your skin needs time to adjust; if in about 2 weeks and you're still experiencing problems, perhaps it's not for you.
-Use this oil on a damp face. It will absorb much better than on dry skin.After washing my face, I either don't blot it completely dry or spritz my face with some rose water. I put 4-5 drops on the palm of my hand, rub my hands together, and press them onto my face.
-I actually don't mind the smell; it's very herbal and woodsy, but doesn't linger after it's been absorbed. Albeit, it doesn't smell great, but my skin loves the stuff.

TL;DR: Lightweight, thin oil that completely absorbs into skin; good for oily skin. All around two thumbs up!

3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.


Age: 30-35

Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Neutral

Hair: Brunette, Straight, Medium

Eyes: Blue

Oh, how I love hemp seed oil! I use it to wash my face with. I just pour a little into my palm and rub it in. it's thin and moves around really well. This also somehow seems to exfoliate my face. I can feel bits of dried skin or whatever moving around with it. when I rinse it off my face looks really nice. I have oily dehydrated skin and this helps to moisturize well. other oils I've used have been OK, but this is the best. it doesn't seem to help acne but it doesn't cause it so I notice my skin clearing when I use it daily. it also helps to balance oil production. my only complaint is its cold from being in the fridge and I always spill it down the side of the bottle. I'll repurchase for sure but a bottle lasts forever.


Age: 19-24

Skin: Combination, Medium Brown, Warm

Hair: Other, Other, Coarse

Eyes: Other

Hempseed oil is the nourishing, softening oils. It is also one of my favorite natural/carrier oils. It has green tinge to it and will stain. I love to seal and do hot oil treatments with it for soft and shiny hair. I make sure to line my pillows with a towel when I have some in my hair especially when I pre-poo overnight. (My scarves tend to slip off). When my hands are really dry I treat them with a few drops. It really is good all over for supple skin.The only downside is the smell. Just horrible...

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.


Age: 18 & Under

Skin: Combination, Olive, Not Sure

Hair: Brown, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

This is my daily moisturiser (although not labelled, I have researched and this oil is said to have an spf of 6, which doesn't seem high but is enough for me when it isn't blazing hot, this is just my research and I still recommend using proper sun cream) This is the only product that moisturises my skin, keeps it clear and gives me a healthy glow. I know other reviewers haven't had the best of time with this oil but different skin will react differently with certain oils (theres tonnes of websites that help you pick out the natural oil thats perfect for your skin type, although it cant always be guaranteed) The only annoying thing about this oil is that it must be refrigerated or put in the freezer so it doens't go off quickly (it doesn't freeze or go solid though when in the freezer) so what I do is keep the large bottle in the freezer and put a small amount in a smaller bottle and put that in the fridge and refill when needed. You MUST put it in the freezer or fridge or else the essential fatty acids in it go rancid quickly, I suggest if you havent researched ,much about this oil you continue to do so before buying because it is not practical for people who travel a lot.

I use this in the morning after toning my face with apple cider vinegar (hippy life :D, no chemicals for me) and it sinks into your skin after about 3 minutes which is when I have time to make a cup of tea. It gives your skin a silky smooth feeling. I recommend this or jojoba oil for people with oily skin as it balances oil production and is non comedogenic. Some people when starting with this oil will experience a stage when they MIGHT break out. This is just your skin adjusting and removing impurities. (some peoples skin might not suit this oil so discontinue if you get a horrible reaction or see no improvement over 2 weeks, test it on a small area of skin first) If you have dry skin olive oil or avocado oil might suit you more again you can research other oils online.

- hydrates oily and combination skin well
- balances oil production
- silky skin after use
- healthy glow
- comedogenic rating of 0 (may still block pores for SOME people)
- cheap because it can last for a year when stored properly

- hard to store or travel with
- 3 minutes roughly to sink in
- wont work for everyone
- I dont know how well this works underneath makeup or as a primer (i will update when i find out soon)
- small spf rating

5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.


Age: 19-24

Skin: Dry, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Blond, Other, Other

Eyes: Green

After reading all about oil cleansing/pulling I thought I would try a "dry oil" (I'm slightly acne prone) and picked hemp seed based on several good internet reviews. I applied a small amount to my face after my showers in the morning and at night, let it soak in a bit, and then put on my normal makeup.

Basically, there was a good and a bad for me with the hemp seed oil.

The good was that it actually did a good job topically hydrating my skin. I wouldn't call it a deep hydration. If I applied too much too often I would start feeling tight/itchy, especially in cold weather. But in small quantities I noticed it actually reduced inflammation from small pimples and just in general on my face. And there was no effect on my small amount of acne on my forehead.

The bad was that when I ran out, my neck, the part right under my jaw, broke out in cystic acne. Up until that point everything was fine. That was in December. It's the beginning of April and I'm still embarrassed to wear my hair in a pony tail :(

Based on my experience, I would stay away from this stuff. But that's just my body. It may work well for slightly oily skin with inflammation.


Age: 25-29

Skin: Combination, Medium, Warm

Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Coarse

Eyes: Brown

I have combo-oily, sensitive (among others, my skin takes the habit of breaking out in hives when it doesn't like something I eat or put on my skin), SD/PD-prone skin. OSPW. Fitzpatrick IV.

I tried using this oil a couple years back due to its high content of linoleic and linolenic acid and figured it must be good for combo-oily skin. Due to those two acids, the oil is very light and considered as dry oil. I forgot the brand I used, but the texture is silky like sunflower oil, dark green in color and smells nutty/earthy.

I used this oil for oil-cleansing and to moisturize my face after. As oil-cleanser, it glided on my damp skin and melted my makeup effortlessly. I wiped it off with damp warm washcloth and followed with a cleanser. I patted a bit more back onto my skin to moisturize.
As moisturizer, it felt light and sunk in pretty quickly and despite being a dry oil, felt hydrating and gave my skin a nice glow (not because of the slick) even when my face is naked.
I haven't suffered acne (full-blown outbreak; I usually get 1-2 around TTOM and cyst when I use something that doesn't agree with my skin), so I wouldn't know how this would fare for such skin. However, as expected from oil cleansing, my SF was diminished and much less pronounced. The oil doesn't clog my skin, either. Now, I don't know how this would fare with my SD/PD-prone skin since I didn't have flareups at that time, but I'm pretty confident this would fare well.

Being a great oil and all, I haven't repurchased it since then.
First, I really don't like the smell. People call it nutty or earthy, but to me it's kinda fishy and it lingers in my bathroom.
Second, my skin then fared well with sunflower oil and since it's much cheaper, I kept using it, although it doesn't give me as nice a glow as hemp seed does.
Third, being such a fragile oil, I have to keep it in the fridge and I'd rather not have extra trips if I can.
Fourth, now that I'm rebuilding my routine after a recent SD outbreak, I haven't reintroduced any oil back into my routine. The ones in 'to try' waiting list are sunflower (had to retest) and mineral. If either does well with my skin (non-clogging and doesn't aggravate SD), I will stick with it.
I would love to repurchase this oil as occasional moisturizer when I feel like pampering myself, but it doesn't have long shelf-life either and that may be a waste if I can use it up before it goes rancid. I also like olive oil in my salad better, so I know I won't use it up as much in my meals. I don't completely shut out the possibility, though.

In conclusion, if you have oily, acne-prone or sensitive skin, this oil is definitely worth trying, despite the smell (many seem to like it, though), hassle and price. This is still the best carrier oil I have tried to date.

3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.


Age: 25-29

Skin: Oily, Olive, Warm

Hair: Black, Curly, Coarse

Eyes: Brown


Blemish prone, combination skin with 3 to 4 large "under the skin" acne that is tender to the touch - especially on the chin/jawline area and sometimes on the cheek. These pimples are almost always present.


Pimples reduced to small reddish "on top of the skin" pimples along the cheek area. 1 or 2 medium "under the skin" pimples. Dabbing castor oil on them now dries them out quickly.


I modified nailbunny's Hemp Oil OCM and this is what I've been doing for the past 2 months.

Using Nutiva's Hemp Seed Oil (from iHerb) for my twice a week face cleansing using OCM (I began with every day for a week then reduced to about 2 - 3 times weekly). Basically decanted into a small pump bottle which I keep in the fridge. 2 pumps, slater over face and neck, do a minute or so of face massage.. if I have the time, I steam my face for 10 minutes with the oil on it. Then I wipe off the oil with a cloth.


I do get a lot of whiteheads & dead / dry skin so some days I scrub my face with a warm damp face cloth as a way to get a scrub & remove the oil (btw: I know my skin pretty well.. I've done quite a few experiments with it including DIY TCA peels etc. so whilst I realise scrubbing might sound too harsh for some, I'm familiar enough with my skin to know it's a definite requirement for me).


I follow it up with a DIY toner: 1/3 Bragg's Raw Unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar toner, 2/3 water + 10 drops of Tea Tree Oil in a 50 ml bottle.


For all the other days, I just rinse my face with water in the mornings and nights. No soap. No face cleansers etc.


This also works as a makeup remover.


After 2 months or so, my pimples have reduced from the 3 to 4 large "under the skin" type at the jawline to smaller ones - and for those, I just dab a bit of Heritage's Castor Oil on them at night (and again in the morning if necessary). The Castor Oil dries them out quickly and reduces how sensitive they are to the touch as well.


The Oil Cleansing Method doesn't work for everybody.. and one of the main reasons seems to be type of oil chosen. VOO and VCO was too pore clogging for me - but Hemp Oil works. I highly recommend keeping a close eye on your skin - I wouldn't continue if it starts "purging" because I think a lot of times an allergic/negative reaction looks like purging.. so instead of finally getting better, it just gets worse. Thus, I would not continue using if purging occurs.

For example, I tried introducing rose water, but within a day or two, noticed some new small pimples along the tops of my cheeks and forehead - I didn't usually get those types of pimples, and definitely not in those areas. I figured it must be the rosewater (I only introduce 1 new thing at a time to make it easier for me to know if something works or doesn't), discontinued it and my skin went back to normal. So please keep a close eye on your skin.

3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.


Age: 19-24

Skin: Combination, Medium, Neutral

Hair: Black, Straight, Medium

Eyes: Black

I use straight hemp seed oil as cleanser. Most of the time I just wet my face with warm water and massage hemp seed oil in before rinsing/wiping it off with warm water and patting dry. I tone with diluted ACV, and then use hemp seed oil again with a couple of drops of lavender essential oil as moisturiser. I've been using hemp seed oil for more than a month now.

Hemp seed oil has a greenish colour and a grassy, earthy smell (it's not stinky at all). It is packed with omega 3 and 6, and has a good amount of linoleic acid (about 50+%) as opposed to oleic acid (~9%) which makes it a light/dry oil. Linoleic acid, being an essential fatty acid, is a component of our sebaceous glands and provides anti-inflammatory protection from breakouts. This means that sufficient linoleic acid is beneficial for your skin as it helps to strengthen the skin barrier. Conversely, a deficiency in linoleic acid has been found to cause blackheads/whiteheads or acne breakouts.

One fantastic feature of hemp seed oil is that it is rated to *not* clog your pores at all. It is a great step-up from coconut oil (what I was using previously) which is rated high on the comedogenicity scale at 4/5 - a steep contrast to hemp seed oil's rating of 0. As such, it can help to reduce the occurrence of blackheads or whiteheads, so my nose can appear pretty clear after a good exfoliation or facial mask.

Hemp seed oil helps with the general appearance of skin and in reducing redness caused by acne. It can give a "dewy" glow on the face. Definitely had good skin days when my face looked clear, including a nicely smooth forehead (no bumps!). I still get mild hormonal acne with a few zits here and there, and unfortunately hemp seed oil alone does not seem to do much in terms of tackling any acne that may be present. However, it does help to unclog some sebum plugs when massaging the oil in. My forehead, cheeks and nose are usually clear, while my jawline, chin, upper lip and mouth area remain prone to hormonal breakouts.

I started oil-cleansing (no soap) with coconut oil which significantly reduced my face's greasiness. With hemp seed oil, my skin type has maintained or perhaps improved to somewhat normal - only my nose gets a little oily now, but a simple swab and my skin is as good as normal. I can even go with days without washing my face and not grease up at all. Using ACV as toner may also be a contributory factor in balancing out the pH of my skin.

I have quite a lot of visible sebaceous filaments as well as genetically large pores, and I'm not quite sure about hemp seed oil's capability in reducing the appearance of either. It's not exactly an astringent, so ACV toner and yogurt/Aztec Clay mask serve to be far more effective for me in that respect. Perhaps with prolonged usage, I may be able to notice some difference.

Hemp seed oil makes my skin feel nicely soft and supple. It is, however, a drier sort of oil, so it is essential that you apply it often enough (at least twice a day should suffice), as some dryness and flakiness can develop if your skin is prone to that. It is fairly quick to absorb and doesn't leave you greasy unless you apply too much.

I use any residue hemp seed oil I may have left on my hands to moisturise my hair and scalp as it is known for strengthening hair cuticles. I'm sure it's a competent body moisturiser as well. Some people take hemp seed oil internally, but I cannot account for this as consumption of hemp oil is illegal in my country (Australia). I would still advise caution to do thorough research and exercise discernment to read critically between the lines when websites rave about the benefits of ingesting hemp oil, namely that of the pro-cannabis sociopolitical agenda (there are studies demonstrating that hemp seed oil can promote cancer cells, which debunk claims that it reduces or clears them).

Be sure to get ORGANIC, COLD-PRESSED and RAW/UNREFINED hemp seed oil for maximum effectiveness. I would be wary of those imported from or produced in China. Always read the label carefully, and get it 100% locally produced if you can (or Canadian grown, if you're from the US - apparently it's illegal to grow low-THC hemp in the States?). Hemp seed oil requires storage at a cool temperature or in the fridge, otherwise it will go rancid with its nutrients destroyed - and that won't do your skin good at all and can become comedogenic (pore-clogging). Storage needs can be slightly troublesome, but it is manageable.

I'm pretty pleased with this oil - especially for its non-comedogenicity and linoleic acid content. However, it does have its shortcomings as a standalone oil, so I am seeking to combine it with another oil which can provide greater effectiveness in actively combating clogged pores and blemishes that may be present (jojoba oil? add drops of tea tree oil?). I am open to trying other non-comedogenic oils to see if they may work better for my skin. I am also planning to use something else (aloe vera, rosehip/argan oil?) which may help speed up the healing of hyperpigmentation marks and acne scars as well as the reduction of pore size.

I use Nutiva Hemp Seed Oil which is super affordable and available at iHerb.com (just ~US$7.40 for 8oz or 236ml -- fellow Aussies, this is a massive bargain!) You are free to use my coupon code for $10 off your first purchase. Just key in DLK190 at checkout, or copy and paste this url: http://iherb.com?rcode=DLK190

22 out of 22 people found this review helpful.

Age: 25-29

Skin: Combination, Fair, Neutral

Hair: Brown, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Brown

I purchased "Good Oil" cold pressed mild hemp oil. This was a second attempt to use this as a facial cleanser and moisturizer. The first few uses were great, plump moist skin smooth to the touch and plugs coming out of pores. However both times ended the same; slowly but surely my skin would rebel and within a week I would be broken out. Did not try adding an emollient, maybe that would have made a difference.

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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