A face mask is essentially a thin mask usually made of synthetic textiles, most commonly cotton, worn on the face to reduce swelling and odor. When facial distancing is impossibly impossible, and even when more effective synthetic masks aren’t available, fabric face masks remain an effective, inexpensive method of temporary facial relief. Their popularity as a treatment for acne and wrinkle has also increased their use as a general treatment for dry skin. Face masks can be made in any size from a medium to a large and even elastic fit. They may be used with or without a masking brush. Depending on the specific needs of the patient, different types of fabric are used.
Tying a face mask to a patient’s head using cloth ties is a tried-and-tested method of temporarily removing excess oil and dirt from the scalp, forehead, and cheeks. Tying cloths ties help reduce the amount of friction that’s transferred to the skin and the face mask. Using disposable ties, cotton twill, or a rubber band, face mask can be tied tightly around the head to avoid it slipping. The patient must prepare the cloth ties beforehand by mixing water into the cloth.
Face masks are worn during the day, but may also be worn at night. They’re worn to reduce congestion and irritation of the skin by absorbing sweat and keeping the airways open. Face masks may also be worn during cold and flu season to control the spread of illness. Some people prefer to wear face masks only during the summer to keep their faces dry. As mentioned before, face masks can be worn all year long, but they’re most often seen during the winter months.
For airway restriction, a face mask with a single layer of fabric is used. One or more layers can be added to allow for more breathing room. Multiple layers can provide more resistance to abrasion and contraction of the airway by providing extra barrier. The breathing passage is kept clear and open by the additional barrier. A good example of a face mask with multiple layers is the “Sleeping Bag”, which is made of several small pieces of cloth stitched together.
During the summer months, many choose to use a regular old cotton or linen face mask. Linen is more breathable than cotton. When paired with the appropriate face netting, a linen mask looks just like any other type of face mask. This makes them suitable for use by children and elderly individuals during hot, sunny weather.
Face masks can be worn all year long, but there are times when two layers are necessary. During humid, hot weather, a lightweight moisture-wicking mask may be needed to keep facial skin dry. Face masks with a single layer can be worn during cold and damp weather, as well as during sleep. They can also be worn during exercise to absorb sweat and to increase air flow, which can help alleviate a runny nose or sore throat.