Face masks have been used for hundreds of years, though their use has declined over the years due to the proliferation of antibacterial face washes. However, the benefits of using face masks to clean and protect the skin are still recognized. Face masks have many uses, depending on your reason for using them. Some are very simply to remove dirt and oil, while others are used to treat acne or prevent acne breakouts.
A cloth nasal mask is essentially a waterproof mask designed specifically to cover the nose and mouth, usually using common washcloths, usually cotton. Wearing one of these will keep your nasal passages clear of irritants and bacteria. In some situations, when face washing is impossible or undesirable, using a nasal mask will allow you to still wash your hands. While effective, irritant free nasal washes do not last long. When physically distancing yourself from an abrasive agent is impossible, and even when effective masks aren’t readily available, a cloth nasal mask will suffice. These work especially well if you frequently wear prescription glasses to prevent dust mites from irritating your eyes.
Face masks designed to treat acne have the added benefit of being very comfortable fit. Most have a very snug fit, least two layers of fabric placed securely above the skin. This allows you to cleanse your face in a way that is most comfortable without the risk of irritation. However, the most effective acne treatment masks should have at least two layers, as well as a neutralizer of some kind.
Facial masks help to spread open pimples to help remove the infected area and reduce the spread of bacteria from the affected area. They also allow for a minimum of painless cleaning. While some people wear face masks during the day to feel more comfortable while working, others use them at night, when they are most infected. Wearing one when you are infected helps to minimize the symptoms that come with an infection, while at the same time spreading the disease farther and faster.
Some viruses cause an uncomfortable or even painful rash. These can be spread by touching an object that has been shared with someone else. For instance, sharing a CD case with an infected person can cause infectious droplets to spread. It is important that when sharing any kind of devices that it is clean and dry to reduce the risk of spreading diseases. Contacts, such as when using public places such as swimming pools and spas, can also spread viruses very easily by allowing the droplets to spread onto someone else.
The use of masks in the workplace is becoming more common. In offices there is usually an option to wash your hands or wipe them when you enter the restroom. For those working in public places, such as clinics, schools and day care centers, the importance of using effective anti-bacterial cleansers and wiping thoroughly with anti-bacterial agents is even more pronounced. For health care staff members, wearing nose masks is the best way to prevent infections from spreading.