Face masks have been used for thousands of years. Native America wore them as a means of cooling their faces in hot temperatures and trapping unpleasant smells. European cultures believed that they would clean the skin pores of the face and prevent illness. They were also used to clean the hair and scalp. Nowadays, some people use face masks as a means of cleansing and invigorating the skin, or removing acne scars.
A cloth face mask, otherwise known as a nose mask, is generally a thin mask worn around the nose and mouth, designed to reduce or remove unpleasant odors and moisture. If physical, facial distancing is not possible, and when effective masks are unavailable, cloth face masks can be worn by covering the nose and mouth with another material, such as gauze, cotton wool or chamois. Some cultures have historically worn these with silver medallions or decorative pendants worn on the left hand. Today, many choose to wear them on the right hand.
The face mask may be made from foam, synthetic fabrics, natural fabrics, or some combinations of these materials. The foam and synthetic materials are less comfortable to wear than the natural fabrics. However, if the right one is chosen, it may provide adequate protection from irritants while still allowing air to circulate around the wearer’s face. Natural fabrics are easier to care for. If the face mask wearer decides to wear a surgical mask, the surgical mask may have special features designed for the individual’s comfort.
Face masks can be worn by both adults and children. Children typically wear cloth masks to prevent them from accidentally scratching their eyes, which can lead to infection. Often these masks have small openings in them to allow the child to breathe. If a child wears a face mask that covers too much of their nose, they will still be able to breathe but it may prevent the child from smiling.
Although most people are recommended to shower after using the restroom, it is still important to wash our faces thoroughly before returning home. It is recommended to wash our faces at least twice a day to remove the bacteria and allergens that are on our faces. If a person decides to use a hand dryer to dry off their face after a shower, they should make sure that the hands are very clean. Using a hand dryer to dry off a face can spread the bacteria and allergens that are on our faces even further. Therefore, anyone who is wearing a face mask should always use a separate towel to dry off their face.
Many people have different opinions about face masks. Some people think that face masks help to prevent infections from occurring. Face masks may help prevent colds and flu. They may also prevent fungal infections such as ringworm. However, there is not enough scientific evidence to prove whether face masks help or hurt.