Hemp Oil For Skin: Benefits, Side Effects, And How To Use It

Shake up your skincare routine with a revitalizing elixir that sustains your skin's natural elasticity.

Reviewed by Elissa Peterson, Naturopath
Written by Annie Jangam, MSc
Edited by Eshna Das, BA, MSc
Fact-checked by Monomita Chakraborty, MA (Journalism & Mass Communication), Certified Skin Care Coach  • 

Hemp seed oil is different from CBD oil extracted by cold-pressing hemp nuts (1). It has several benefits, and you may also use hemp seed oil for skin moisturization and nourishment.

It consists of vitamins, minerals, protein, dietary fiber, essential fatty acids, and nutrients. So, how do you use it? Do you have to take it orally or use it topically? You can find answers to all these queries in this article. Scroll down to learn the benefits of hemp seed oil and how to use it.

Hemp Oil For Skin: The Benefits

Hemp oil is a popular component in many skin and cosmetic products. It should not be confused with CBD oil, which is derived from different species of cannabis and contains psychoactive tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Hemp seed oil does not contain THC, making it a safer and therapeutic ingredient (1). You will find hemp seed oil in lotions, creams, massage oils, bar and liquid soaps, lip balms, and salves. It offers a wide range of therapeutic benefits. Let us look at them in detail.

  1. Has Anti-Inflammatory Properties: Hemp seed extract has anti-inflammatory properties and can be used to calm irritated and inflamed skin (1). It may help manage inflammatory skin conditions, such as eczema and psoriasis.
  2. Has Antimicrobial Properties: Hemp oil has antimicrobial activity and is effective against Propionibacterium acnes (acne-causing bacteria) (1). If you have oily and acne-prone skin, you may use it to manage acne lesions. The antimicrobial activity of hemp oil shields the skin from harmful pathogens and infections.
  3. May Have Anti-Aging Benefits: Hemp oil can promote collagen development (1). Collagen is an important component of the skin structure and function. It keeps the skin firm and supple and reduces the appearance of wrinkles (3). The anti-aging benefits of hemp oil can also be attributed to its nutrient-rich components like omega fatty acids and antioxidants, such as vitamins A, C, and E (4).
  4. May Moisturize The Skin: Hemp seed oil is rich in polyunsaturated fatty acids, such as omega fatty acids (2). Dietary intake of hemp seed oil can alleviate the symptoms of atopic dermatitis (5). Consuming these fatty acids can keep the skin moisturized and help soothe eczema, psoriasis, chapped lips, and other dry skin conditions.
  5. Regulates Facial Oil Production: Research suggests that hemp seed oil is non-comedogenic, which means it may moisturize the skin without clogging the pores and making the skin appear too shiny. This, in turn, may reduce the likelihood of comedones and acne (6).

Dryness may also cause your skin to overproduce sebum to compensate for the lack of moisture. This might further aggravate moderate or severe acne. The hemp seed oil may not only regulate oil production but also moisturize the skin to eliminate dryness, making it appear plump and youthful. It is important to note that research is limited in this regard and studies are needed to understand the effect of hemp oil on facial oil production.

protip_icon Did You Know?
In Germany and Italy throughout the Middle Ages, hemp seed oil was boiled and used as a pie filling or soup base.

These are the benefits of using hemp oil for skin. Find out its probable side effects in the next section.

Side Effects Of Hemp Seed Oil

Hempseed oil is usually safe for consumption and topical application. However, its oral consumption may cause mild poisoning in pre-school kids (7). Before giving hemp seed oil to your kid, always consult a pediatrician.

Always introduce hemp seed oil into your system in small quantities and gradually increase it (within the prescribed limits).

Hemp seed oil may also cause allergic reactions like:

  • Redness
  • Itching
  • Burning sensation
  • Inflamed or irritated skin.

Always do a patch test before using the oil. Seek medical attention if you notice any of the above-mentioned symptoms. You can read more about the unexpected effects of hemp oil here.

Wondering how to use hemp oil in your skin care routine? Keep reading.

How To Use Hemp Oil For Skin

1. Hemp Oil To Manage Acne

You Will Need

  • 2-3 drops of hemp oil


  1. Clean your face with a gentle cleanser.
  2. Apply hemp oil to the affected area.
  3. Leave it on for 2-5 minutes.
  4. Rinse with warm water.
  5. Pat dry and moisturize.

2. Hemp Oil Face Mask

You Will Need

  • 2-3 drops of hemp oil
  • 2-3 drops of essential oil of your choice (optional)
  • 2 teaspoons of coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons of powdered oats
  • 2 tablespoons of water


  1. Mix all the ingredients to make a thick and smooth paste.
  2. Spread the mixture on your face evenly.
  3. Leave it on for 15 minutes.
  4. Wash your face with lukewarm water.
  5. Pat dry and moisturize.

You can include hemp oil in your diet to improve your skin health. The simplest way is to ingest 1-2 teaspoons daily or as prescribed by the doctor. You add the oil to your salads, soups, and smoothies.

protip_icon Did You Know?
Until 1937, hemp seed oil was used to produce paints and varnish. Records from 1935 show that around 58,000 tons of hemp seeds were used for pain products in America.

Here are a few things to keep in mind when choosing a hemp oil product.

Choosing A Hemp Oil Product: Tips To Keep In Mind

  1. Check the ingredient list and see if the hemp oil is sourced from the seeds or other parts of the plant. Oil extracted from leaves and stalks may contain THC.
  2. Check the quantity or percentage of hemp oil used in the skin care product. It should abide by the regulations of the governing bodies.
  3. Chose products as per your skin concerns. If you are looking for an anti-aging product or acne-fighting product, check the other key ingredients to get an overall idea about it.
  4. Try different products before settling for the one that suits your skin.

Hemp seed oil is extracted from hemp nuts and is commonly used in many cosmetic products. Its anti-inflammatory properties and antimicrobial properties make it ideal for managing skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, and acne. The other benefits of using hemp oil for your skin include boosting collagen production, reducing the appearance of wrinkles, and hydrating the skin. You can use hemp oil as a face mask or a gentle cleanser in your daily skincare routine. Conduct a patch test before you use hemp oil. If you develop swelling, redness, or irritation, consult a dermatologist immediately.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is hemp oil good for stretch marks?

Hemp oil has moisturizing properties that may help soothe the itching and dryness caused by stretch marks (7).

Which is better for the skin: CBD oil or hemp oil?

Both hemp and CBD oils provide multiple benefits for the skin. Consult a doctor to understand the benefits and risks of using each oil before choosing one.

Can I leave hemp oil on my face overnight?

Yes. You can massage hemp oil on your face before bedtime and leave it on overnight.

Key Takeaways

  • Hemp seed oil is extracted by cold-pressing hemp seeds and is a popular component in many skin and cosmetic products.
  • It has anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties, and may help to moisturize skin deeply and promote collagen production to reverse or slow down signs of aging.
  • Hemp seed oil is usually safe for both consumption and topical application so you can include hemp oil in the diet to improve skin health, or use it topically for treating acne or as a face mask.

Hemp is a close relative of Marijuana, but it is acclaimed globally for its health benefits. The video details the benefits of hemp seed oil for the body, including how it works wonders for your skin and helps combat skin conditions. Hit the play button for more.


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  2. Hempseed as a nutritional resource: An overview
  3. Skin anti-aging strategies
  4. Discovering the link between nutrition and skin aging
  5. Efficacy of dietary hempseed oil in patients with atopic dermatitis
  7. Cannabinoid Poisoning by Hemp Seed Oil in a Child
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