Face masks have been used for centuries as both a beauty and health treatment. The mask has been used by cultures in different countries to address issues regarding health, aging, and beauty. In recent years, face masks have gained popularity and increased recognition from the western medical community. Face masks were also used during the ancient Chinese traditional medicine to cure illness, among other benefits.
A face mask, often called a facial wash, is a thin, lightweight mask usually made with absorbent material, such as cotton or polyester, worn on the face over the nose and mouth. Wearing a face mask can relieve congestion by releasing excess mucus, which usually becomes trapped in the soft tissue. Washing of the face should be done before applying a face mask. If possible, wash the face twice a day using a gentle soap, preferably unscented. If washing the face is not possible, a cleanse and rinse using warm water and TSP (towel salt solution) can help.
After washing, the face masks should never be applied straight to the skin, but instead gently around the nose and mouth. Placing a clean finger inside the mouthpiece can help with the process. By creating an airtight seal around the nose, the mouthpiece prevents moisture from escaping, while trapping tiny droplets of sweat underneath the plastic. These droplets are a major cause of acne. Placing the face mask gently around the nose will allow the tiny droplets to escape into the air and evaporate. However, if the droplets are trapped too long, they will begin to condense, forming a thick, sticky layer of sweat, which is also known as an oral trap.
In some studies conducted by American researchers, it was shown that wearing face masks can be beneficial in reducing or eliminating the signs of social distancing. The mask seemed to prevent individuals from looking at or talking to others in their immediate proximity. This effect was found to be true for all types of social distancing scenarios, such as: attending a party together, sitting down together with co-workers, or observing others at a sporting event. Wearing a face mask can even be as important as regular grooming when it comes to successfully maintaining personal appearances.
The material used in the construction of the face mask should be breathable, soft fabric that allows air to pass through while providing protection from the elements. It is suggested that any mask with more than three layers be avoided. The material should be able to provide a degree of comfort and protection that allows the individual wearing the mask to breathe comfortably.
While facial surgical masks may be the most effective way to address the problem of excessive sweating, using non-surgical, disposable masks can reduce exposure to risks and discomfort associated with prolonged exhalation. Face masks that utilize multiple layers and disposable liners are the best solution. These masks do not require the use of surgical exhalation valves and can help reduce the risks of hyperhidrosis.