A facial mask, also known as a facial scrub or facial cleanser, is a soft and absorbent cloth-like mask worn over the nose and mouth, designed to exfoliate and cleanse the skin. When physically possible, face masks are often not available, and if such physical distancing is impossible, fabric face masks can be worn. However, for most people, face masks provide little in the way of physical cleansing. The face is large, with a lot of connective tissue, and it may be difficult to scrub the entire surface without causing trauma to the skin. If facial masks were available, then they would be useful for exfoliating and cleaning the face.
Facial masks come in many varieties, including those made from synthetic fabrics and those made from natural materials, like cotton. There are both single-use and multiple-use versions of facial masks. The latter can be used more than once or twice as the droplets wash away. It is preferable to use a single-use product, as the residue from an original application is difficult to remove, unless the face mask is replaced after several applications.
Of all the different types of face masks, a medical grade plastic surgeon typically advises against the wearing of surgical masks. In a surgical mask, tiny droplets of plastic or metal are introduced into the airways through a tube, and these small drops of foreign objects irritate the airway enough to cause discomfort, difficulty breathing, and in some cases, even to cause death. The only circumstance where surgery is considered necessary is when a patient has breathing difficulties or asthma. Otherwise, surgical masks provide no benefit in terms of improving air quality.
The best way to prevent the transmission of bacteria and viruses is to keep the hands and face protected. However, sometimes this cannot be achieved, especially when the person is already exposed to such pathogens. For this reason, it is advisable to wear a face mask at all times. Face masks will also help prevent other irritants from entering the body through the air. If you are working in healthcare, chances are good that you will come in contact with a variety of bacteria and viruses, and often, your workplace can pose risks to your health, which is why you need to wear a medical protective gear.
In addition to helping prevent transmission of microorganisms, a surgical mask may also have additional benefits. The droplets that come out of a medical mask are designed to stay on the face for an extended period of time. Although they are meant to cover the nose and mouth, the droplets will adhere to the skin and enter the blood stream instead. Because of this, the blood flow near the nose and mouth may become compromised, allowing infections to enter these areas. Also, since the face is often covered, the small particles from the droplets will likely enter the lungs and bloodstream as well.
Although it may not seem important when it comes to whether or not to wear face masks during the flu season, prevention is always better than cure. By taking the time to cleanse the face twice a day with a commercially available or homemade facial cleanser, you can help reduce the risk of getting these infections. Remember to use the same cleanse, which contains a high level of astatine, every day. This combination of a good face mask and regular cleansing will go a long way in preventing infections.