I waited about 2 months before reviewing this oil. Previously I used Jojoba oil, which works great when mixed in with a body lotion, especially in the colder months, but it was too clogging to use on my face this past Summer. I was already suffering from very clogged pores and the Jojoba just wasn't cutting it. I've been using the same regimine for about 30-45 days of washing my face using a "cleansing oil" (different from the OCM, or Oil-cleansing Method, in that I do not use Castor Oil and I do not steam my face).
The cleansing oil I make myself using 8 parts Organic Hemp Seed Oil (I like the Dr. Adorable brand you can buy off of Amazon.com...previously used Life-Flo brand and it smelled very odd and was a darker green color. The Dr. Adorable brand is a pale yellow color and is almost odorless). The other 2 parts of the cleansing oil are Peg-7 Olivate and Polysorbate 80 - both are emulsifiers, so that the oil will bind to water and rinse cleanly away. I buy the emulsifiers from Garden of Wisdom's site.
I typically follow up with a 2 % salycilyic acid toner (alcohol free) from Garden of Wisdom, or "lightly" apply plain Hemp Seed oil to my face if it is dry. This combo has helped clear my pores...still some clogs, but since I'm dealing with hormonal-pregnancy induced acne, almost in my 3rd trimester ...I'll take what I can get. :) I really love this stuff! I've also rubbed it into my back and shoulders after every shower as I've had painfully dry itchy skin on my back since becoming pregnant. This helps.
I must not be able to tolerate this. It burned my face so bad, I looked I fell asleep for 3 days on the beach (in the sun) ... I tried it on other parts of my body and it itched like mad. :( Hemp oil is wonderful for those who can use it. Just wish I were one of those people. grrrrrrr!!!! I would highly recommend it to those who can tolerate it, which is why I didn't totally dog the product.
I decided to give hemp seed oil a try as Fran from High on Health recommended it as excellent for getting rid of clogged pores. So tried it for 6 weeks and it really turned my skin into a complete mess. I was breaking out like never before and it turned every tiny blackhead and every clogged pore I had into a pimple. First I thought that maybe this is just the purging phase and it will go away, but after 6 weeks and my skin constantly getting worse I finally had enough and I stopped using hemp seed oil. Luckily my skin cleared up in about a week after I stopped using it. I'm back again to using jojoba oil, and that seems to work fine, does not break me out at all.
I was starting to think that my skin would just not work with OCM, even though everyone else seems to love it. One would dry out my skin, the other would give me zits...it was awful. And then, I stumbled onto the reviews on here for Hemp Seed Oil, and how it worked for people with rosacea.
This was my last ditch effort with oil cleansing...and I'm so, so glad I tried it.
My skin really likes this oil...not loves, unlike other lucky people, it did not totally reverse my rosacea. However, I have NEVER had a breakout from it, my rosacea has NEVER been triggered by it, and whenever I piss my skin off too much, I go back to just hemp seed oil (and maybe zinc masks) to calm it down again.
I also use this oil on my face when I shower (I realized that hard water was also causing breakouts for me). Just massage it in, take your shower, and wipe it off when you get out. Seriously, I love this stuff.
If you have rosacea and you haven't been able to tolerate any oils so far, I highly recommend you try Hemp Seed Oil.
I love hemp seed oil. I use it as my face and neck moisturizer and it makes my skin SO SOFT. I also use it on my body, hands, and cuticles. It's a wonderful moisturizer and it absorbs quickly, so there is no greasy feeling left on your skin for hours after applying it like with coconut, olive, sweet almond oil, etc.. Some people think it smells "nutty". I guess so. It smells like weed to me, lol. I also use just a tiny dab on the ends of my hair after washing it and it makes my hair super soft and shiny. I press the bottle mouth against the palm of my hand and use the small circle of oil it leaves behind, which I rub well into my ends then I comb it through all of my hair. Hemp oil helps your hair grow and it's very good for your skin and your overall health in general. I have seen improvements in my fine facial lines, undereye circles, and skin texture since I have started using this oil. Some with acne say it helped them with that, too, although I am fortunate enough to not have acne very often. Forget expensive creams filled with harsh chemicals and give hemp seed oil a try.
Hemp oil has changed my skin incredibly, for the better. I have very fair, sensitive skin, that clogs easily, reddens at the drop of a hat, and which also dehydrates very fast. I've now been using hemp oil for about 2 months.
Initially, I used the hemp oil as a night moisturizer (applied a few drops to damp skin) but my hair gets greasy if you just say the word 'oil' near it, so the hair that was near my face would look lank when I woke up next day. So, back to the drawing board. I did notice, however, that my skin looked 'fresher' and less pink, and was well hydrated, after a few days of using the hemp oil moisturizer.
I then decided to try the hemp oil for OCM. I've tried OCM before, with EVOO and with walnut oil. The EVOO was disastrous; my skin became dry and clogged after a week. The walnut oil was OK but I didn't notice any difference. With hemp oil, OCM works beautifully. I gently massage the oil onto face and neck, then put a warm (hot is too much for me!), damp washcloth over it all for a minute or two. Rinse and wring out the washcloth, and reapply a few times, and gently wipe off any extra oil at the end. Then I just apply non-greasy moisturiser, while my skin is still damp. Sometimes I'll then wait 5 minutes, and apply Paula's Choice AHA gel (if I put it on before my moisturizer, it is too much for my skin, but it works fine if I use it as the final layer at night). Skin looks extra smooth the next day!
My skin really glows, and I've noticed a reduction in clogged pores and sensitivity. I also now add hemp oil to my hand cream, at night, and massage them in together, and the dry skin on my hands and cuticles has improved a lot.
Hemp oil smells funky to me- no way around it- but the smell doesn't seem to linger. It also goes rancid very quickly, once the bottle is opened. I decant the oil for the week into a container which I keep in the bathroom, and wash it out and refill. I keep the bottle in the fridge.
Wow! Not only is Hemp oil amazing for your body's health but it's amazing for your hair too. I use this as an oil treatment on my hair once a week.
First off I have frizzy ethnic hair that is mid-back and kinda long. I spray my hair with fresh water and then apply a few tablespoons to the end all the way to the tips and then massage my scalp. In India they call this siro abyangham, ayervedic massage of the hair and scalp.
I wrap my hair in plastic wrap and blast with a blow drier for 25 minutes all over my head then shampoo with the body shop's banana shampoo, then condition with their banana conditioner and a little LUSH R&B on top. When my hair dries it's so soft and healthy and I can tell that this hemp seed oil is more nourishing than say, canola or olive oil. It's definitely on par with coconut oil but will not cause breakage if you sleep in it all night!!
OMG this oil is the worst oil i've purchased! at first when i applied it on my face (2 drops) it seemed fine.. the next morning i took a shower and applied 2 more drops on my face... in the evening my sister said to me that my skin was covered with little red bumps... let me tell you about my skin history: i had pretty bad acne when i was 16/17 years old, i started getting acne when i was 12 years old. I tried everything to cure my acne, but the only cure for my acne was roaccutane (accutane). After roaccutane (18 years old) my face was pretty clear so i tried a few skincare ranges. Some skincare products made me break out a little and some didn;t. So eventually I realised that my skin was sensitive, which i didn't notice when i was using the acne products. So i started using 'natural' products to keep my skin clear. I've tried many more oils, such as olive oil, coconut oil, lavendel oil tea tree oil, etc... After trying all this oils and other natural products, i realised again that my skin couldn't bear oils... right now i'm recovering from my skinrash that i got from hemp seed oil, i thought this was the savest oil that i could use, because is not ''comedogenic''. But i'm happy that i used this, because now i came among the conclusion that i should not waste my money on oils and other skincare products. Right now i'm washing my face with oatmeal and plain water.. Bubzbeauty on youtube had a similar reaction as i'm having right now, and she washed her face with plain water and oatmeal and she recovered from the bad rash.. I never write a review.. but i think i have to write down what i'm going through so you won't have to go through this...
This is one of the only oils that I have been able to use on my face without breaking out. I have breakout-prone skin that is also sensitive. I definitely think the key to using any oils for me is to use them super sparingly. I put two or three drops in my palms, rub my hands together and just pat the very thin film of oil on my face. Hemp seed oil really calmed down redness I was experiencing because I was trying to get rid of breakouts (from doing the OCM which really broke me out). The hemp both reduced the redness and helped with breakouts, and it made my skin super soft. After a few minutes it totally sank in and left no slick oily feeling whatsoever, which was a very happy surprise. Grapeseed oil is also good for me in very small amounts---doesn't break me out unless I overdo it. Definitely can't do it twice a day---then I do break out. I've tried EVOO, coconut oil, sunflower oil---they all give me blemishes.
EDIT: Downgraded to 3 stars from 4. If I use this (even just lightly) twice a day for a couple of days, it's breakout city. If you are like me (sensitive, fair, breakout prone) it could be that oils just can't be used often or in large amounts. I will use every few nights only, lightly patted on my face. Will update if I have problems. UPDATE: I've stopped using it because it does make me break out if I don't use it super sparingly and though it's a good oil I think oil just isn't my thing, and why bother when there are so many excellent products out there that are affordable and without fragrance added.
Watchout we've got a man who loves this miracle here!
I'm 19 years old and have mild to moderate acne since 13. However; weeks ago I broke out horribly and my area around the mouth was dry and full of cystic acne. So was my forehead. I am against chemicals of any kind, so I decided to heal it by natural way. Things I've tried
Coconut oil- After a week I couldn't see difference
Manuka honey- Didn't help me at all, I have a dry skin
Argan oil- No difference
Hemp oil- MIRACLE. Hemp is supposedly the most nutritionally complete food. It is no suprise that its oil is the BEST thing you can put on your skin.
My new cystic acne decreased by 70-80% in one night. Scars are fading away. Dry skin is non-existent. Whiteheads are gone. Blackheads decreased in size. Try it. It is incredibly cheap and worked better than popular alternatives.
3 Days in: I have about 40 blackheads left on my forehead. Before I had hundreds of pimples. I went out after 4 days and people starting to comment on MY skin what is pretty impressive considering I'm man and this never happened to me before. Please try it. For your own good. My searching for the perfect skin product is over. And it is a natural and cheap one :-)!
Such a pity I don't have before and after photos. But to compare, I used to hate hate my face in natural light. Now it is not perfect, but it is pretty good. Will update in 3 days
1 week in: Right now, I have couple of pimples on forehead. I have only couple of scars which are fading away slowly. I still use hemp oil every night and noticed nice side effect- dark circles under the eyes are nearly gone!
Will gladly update again :-)