August 20, 2022 5 min read


When a CBD face mask is used in the right way, it will benefit your skin in many ways. However, one of the reasons that you may not be benefiting from the CBD face mask is because you may be mistaken about how you are using it.  There are several mistakes that you may be doing and you are not aware of them. To get to know whether you are applying your CBD face mask in the right way or not, this article will provide mistakes that most people do when applying the CBD face mask.

 What is CBD?

Burstein et al. (2015) explained that CBD is also known as cannabidiol. It is a compound that is extracted from the cannabis plant. The main cannabis plants include hemp and marijuana plants. The cannabis plant contains over eighty cannabinoids.  Other compounds include flavonoids and terpenes. Flavonoids are responsible for flavor and they are containing anti-oxidant properties. Terpenes are responsible for taste. CBD does not contain a high effect. The compound that is responsible for the high effect is known as THC which is a psychoactive compound.  The CBD ingredient that you see in your ingredients list comes from the hemp plant because of its low levels of THC. CBD provides its users with a calming and relaxing effect after use which is different from THC compounds.

Samantha et al. (2011)  explained that there are three types of CBD. Full-spectrum CBD, CBD isolate and broad-spectrum CBD. Full-spectrum CBD contains all the compounds found in the cannabis plant including the THC compound too. However, its levels are less than 0.3 percent hence making it legal for use. Broad-spectrum CBD contains most of the compounds in the cannabis plant except for the THC compound. CBD isolate also known as pure CBD, only contains the CBD compound.

Mistakes When applying the CBD Face Mask

The CBD face mask has gained popularity in the skincare market, even though it took quite some time. With the benefits that the CBD ingredient is offering to the skin, more and more people are becoming comfortable with using CBD products. Before applying your CBD face mask, make sure that you have read the instructions on how to apply it effectively. Below are some of the mistakes people make when it comes to applying CBD face mask

Leaving the Face Mask For Too Long

If you have ever used a face mask, you probably know that the recommended time for its application is between 10-20 minutes.  It is tempting to leave your mask on at the recommended time. However, it is not recommended to leave your face mask for way too long, you should always pay attention to the recommended time and stick to it. Any face mask, whether it's a sheet mask or a cream mask, leaving the mask for too long is not recommended. Khan et al. (2021) explained that when you leave your sheet mask for too long, the mask reabsorbs back the serum from your skin hence your skin would not have benefited at all. If you might be using a CBD cleansing mask, when you over-apply it, it may lead to skin irritation. It may also lead to skin redness and even dermatitis. If after applying your CBD face mask and you notice that your skin is burning and tender, this means that you left it for more than the recommended time it was supposed to be. When it happens, always wash your face using warm water then use a soothing ointment. If the condition worsens, rush to your doctor for help.

You Are Not Cleansing Your Face Beforehand

Burch et al. (2021)  stated that if you want to apply your CBD face mask, make sure that you have applied it to clean skin. This helps the ingredients of the mask to be absorbed better by the pores. If you put on your face masks before cleaning your face, it makes it less effective. The reason is you might have make-up and built-up oils which act as a barrier between your skin and the mask.

You Are Using a Mask That Is Not Right for Your Skin Type

Before using any facial product, you need to know which skin type you have. This is because every skin type has its own unique needs. If your CBD face mask contains clay as one of its ingredients, if you will leave it for too long, it may cause skin irritation. If you have sensitive skin, you should avoid aggressive masks which may lead to irritation of your skin.

You Are Not Switching Your Mask with the Seasons

Your skincare routine has to be a different one per season. For example, during winter, the CBD hydrating mask is the most helpful. During summer, your skin can tolerate active ingredients such as charcoal. You should change your CBD face mask according to season.

You Are Not Moisturizing After Masking

If you are not aware, using a face mask does not replace the use of a moisturizer. A lot of face masks contain water and humectants as other moisturizers; this means that they draw the water in. The benefit of applying the moisturizer after using your CBD face mask is that the moisturizer helps in locking in the hydration. You should apply moisturizers that contain barrier ingredients such as oils since they help in preventing evaporation which may lead to dryness of the skin.


Before using your CBD face mask it is always important for you to read the instructions first. Reading the instructions will help you in applying the face mask in the right way hence giving your skin the benefits it requires. So many of us love leaving our face masks for longer periods in the essence that our skin will benefit more which is wrong. It may because more harm than good since the mask may reabsorb back its serum and it may also cause dry skin.  You should always take caution about how long you will leave your mask on. Always remember to consult with your doctor before using a new product since it will help you avoid any allergic reaction that your skin may face.


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