A face mask, sometimes called a facial plaster, is a thick, molded mask worn around the entire head, usually covering the eyes. Plaster mixtures have been used to make masks for centuries. In ancient times they were made of clay or simple pottery. Face mixtures were first used to clean the faces of criminals before branding them. The plaster was then used to repaint the face so that it matched the other body parts.
A face mask can be used in a number of ways, but most commonly they are used as breathing apparatus. They keep out the outside air and force the wearer’s lungs to breathe through the mask. This can prevent dust particles from entering the lungs and causing health problems. An amateur wearing a breathing mask without correct techniques can quickly become very ill. The same can be said of an individual that is wearing a breathing mask and lung capacity is not maximized. Furthermore, when wearing a face mask without correct preparation, breathing can be severely limited.
Some common substances used in the making of face masks are acrylics (such as Plasterer’s Premium Polyester), epoxy (DuraClear Advanced Polystyrene) and polyester (Acrylite). Acrylic is possibly the strongest polymer used for masks, although it is also the heaviest. DuraClear and polyester both create very thick and durable masks. Washable masks are also available. Acrylics and polyester can be purchased in a variety of brands, styles, colors and shapes. These are all excellent choices.
Surgical masks are often used by plastic surgeons to aid them during surgical procedures. The greatest advantage to a surgery performed with a surgical mask is that the patient remains awake and alert. Prior to surgery, the patient is usually sedated with IVs, the surgical mask is applied and the patient is under general anesthetic. The operation itself is relatively simple with only one or two incisions being required.
With the increased use of disposable devices, it has become commonplace for a doctor or surgeon to wash their hands while operating. While this is generally done as a part of pre-operative hygiene, it can have devastating effects on a surgical mask. Since the device is often made out of sterile material (such as polysorbate), washing can easily cause it to break down. With too much washing, bacteria can develop and enter into the ear loops or the nose of the mask causing infections to set in. This is especially true with the newer generation of disposable devices where silicone has been used instead of polysorbate.
In order to protect against these types of problems, manufacturers of face masks have come up with what is called a “covid-19 pandemic” style face mask. These devices are made from a polysorbate laminate that has been treated with a type of preservative to help prevent its break down. It is important to note that many hospitals do not use this type of face mask due to the fact that it does require so little to clean a unit. This is an important factor in many environments where disposable face masks are required. So, whether you are at home or at work, a face mask that can be reused time again is an essential purchase.