Face masks, also called face scrubs, are medical accessories used to prepare the skin for various cosmetic procedures. They are typically used by plastic surgeons, although they may also be used in non-medical situations. A face mask is typically a thin waterproof cloth mask worn around the nose and mouth, designed to draw out and trap particles of dirt, oil, bacteria, and makeup. When physical distancing isn’t possible, and even when more efficient disposable masks are impossible, a face mask can provide some measure of personal hygiene relief.
Face masks have their origin in the early 1900s and were originally worn by nurses, or attendant to a physician. Originally, their use was more as a preventative measure than an actual treatment, since most surgical masks were either disposable or difficult to wear. As healthcare became more advanced, the use of face masks by healthcare professionals decreased, until their use finally faded away completely. However, recently they have regained popularity, particularly in the field of dermatology.
Face masks contain ingredients that help to nourish and moisturize the skin, as well as to help seal in moisture. Common ingredients include vitamins A and E, beta carotene, and collagen. Other natural ingredients that can be included in a face mask include aloe vera, sesame oil, avocado oil, and chamomile. These plant oils are rich in hyaluronic acid, which serves as an elastin and collagen provider for the skin. Hyaluronic acid supplies moisture and a plumping effect that plump up one’s cheeks, forehead, lips, and jaw line.
As an anti-viral agent, the compound quercetin has been shown to be useful against many types of viruses, including the highly contagious virus that causes the common cold. Avian researchers have found that applying avian face masks can help prevent bird flu from reaching the public. A combination of ingredients, such as quercetin, echinacea, adenosine, and vitamin C has been shown to be highly effective in preventing and reducing the effects of a bird flu strain known as H5N influenza. Avian researchers believe that regular face mask application helps to prevent and reduce the affects of a new virus, as well as helping to protect the general public from bird flu.
Face masks have become popular in the public settings, especially at parties, social events, weddings, concerts, and sports events. While it is true that some people wear face masks in public settings, the most commonly seen are those that are worn during weddings and other formal occasions. The wearer of a face mask will either be trying to appear sober and unkempt, or more importantly, attractive. Face masks are often worn by celebrities at social events, as well as those that are less formal, such as student or teacher uniforms. For this reason, they are also popularly worn by nurses, wait staff, emergency medical personnel, and other health care workers.
Some of the most common types of face masks include those that are made with disposable cartridges, but they must be used in the appropriate environments. Filters are usually preferred over disposable cartridges, because they are less likely to cause irritation to the skin, and require less maintenance. A CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) humidifier is recommended in most cases, as well as a battery powered humidifier. While both of these devices are available for purchase, it is important to ensure that the humidifier or the CPAP machine used in conjunction with the mask will provide a comfortable experience for the patient.