At this point in the pandemic, people should have a wide assortment of masks at their disposal. Despite the weird politics that shroud them, health experts believe that masks and social distancing are the strongest (not to mention, easiest) measures people can take when it comes to battling the spread of the virus.

Despite their health benefits, the prolonged use of facemasks coupled with the hot weather isn’t very healthy for the pores. These issues can produce irritated skin, moist environments and even “maskne,” which is exactly what it sounds like: acne caused by prolonged mask wearing.

Could CBD help treat these irritations and conditions?

There’s a lot of CBD topicals on the market in the U.S., even if there’s not heaping amounts of scientific evidence out there to back up their claims. The research that does exist, though, sets a spotlight on CBD’s effect on inflammation, which is why so many skincare brands seem to be so obsessed with the compound.

These anti-inflammation properties are said to be able to help battle rosacea, eczema and psoriasis — conditions that are all made worse by the constantly wearing masks.

When it comes to acne, CBD could also have an effect. Some studies have suggested CBD can manage oil production in the skin while also administering antimicrobial effects. These effects could help those at risk of developing facial yeast infections — something that could happen if the person struggles with conditions such as diabetes, a compromised immune system, antibiotic use or poor hygiene.

The research that does exist, though, sets a spotlight on CBD’s effect on inflammation. / Photo: iskomarov / iStock / Getty Images Plus / Photo: iskomarov / iStock / Getty Images Plus

CBD are unlikely to hurt the face, especially if a high-quality product is being used. Many elements in skincare products aren’t regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Still, CBD has been found to be a safe compound that will most likely provide benefits if used within a trusted topical or product.

That said, if you’re experiencing severe skin care issues because of wearing a mask, a dermatologist is the best source for the best advice, likely recommending a list of products that might best suit your needs.

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