HEMP AND COMEDOGENIC RATING
This word gets thrown around a lot, we love it and do a little dance every time we say Hemp oil has a comedogenic rating of 0. What does that really mean? We delve into the ratings and see what oils are best for your skin. What is comedogenic? Sounds like something from out of space.
Comedogenic – pronounced most commonly (ko-mead-do-jen-ick ) or alternately ( ko-me-de-o-jen-ick ).
If a product will cause acne it is called a comedogenic. If you have skin that is sensitive or prone to breakouts, then lucky for you (and us) there is a comedogenic rating system otherwise known as a comedogenicity chart. It’s a simple rating scale, not as much fun as a movie rating but important none the less.
(If you are acne-prone, you will want to initially stick with products/ingredients that are predominantly 0’s, 1’s and 2’s)
We have compiled a list of commonly used skincare products and their ratings for your ease of use, see below after you read about the amazing benefits of Hemp oil.
Now is where we start banging on about Hemp oil. Not only is it amazing and full of Omega 3, 6 and 9s but it has a 0 (yes you read it right ZERO!) comdogenic rating. It doesn’t clog pores or cause acne, in can in fact have the opposite effect! With a 0 rating your skin can breathe (using its tiny little lungs)
HEMP OIL – BEAUTY
Hempseed oil is often referred to as “hemp oil,” At Global Hemp Movement we harvest our oil by cold-pressing Australian hemp seeds. It’s a clear green oil and has what can be described as a nutty flavour, although if you are just putting it on your skin, the flavour might not matter so much. There are a number of skin care benefits that you can get from using hempseed oil, either topically or by consuming it.
Hemp oil is perfect for most skin types as it can moisturise without clogging your pores (comedogenic again! 0 rating, happy dance). It can even help to balance out oily skin, hydrating it and regulating the skin’s oil production.
One of the omega-6 fatty acids that hemp oil contains is gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), which acts as a powerful anti-inflammatory while simultaneously encouraging skin growth and new cell generation. The linoleic acid and oleic acids found in hemp oil can’t be produced by the body but can play a crucial role in skin health and anti-aging, so we say why not its yummy and if we can kick a wrinkle or two it;’s game on! They can also help to calm inflammation and irritation on the skin, including acne (ratings people, ratings!)
Last but not least, if you really want to get more into the science and opposing arguments around comedogenic ratings there is an excellent article by Michelle from Lab Muffin, here she goes into the background of how it’s tested, its accuracy and the complexity surrounding one of our favourite beauty words https://labmuffin.com/fact-check-how-to-use-comedogenicity-ratings/