Frequently Asked Questions About Face Masks
Face masks have long been used by traditional healers to treat patients. The mask can be used as either a therapy for the facial skin or simply to mask an underlying disease or condition. A face mask works on the same mechanism that the adhesive bandage works. When the skin of the face is irritated or inflamed, the face mask tightens around the mouth so as to draw out the irritation and control the swelling. The face mask can also be used as a drying agent.
A cloth face mask is usually a thin mask made from thick, natural textiles, typically cotton. Although face masks made from natural materials tend to be slightly more absorbent than masks made from synthetic materials, the face masks made from natural materials can still be beneficial for skin care and to improve skin health and beauty. Synthetic masks do not work well for all skin types, especially those with sensitive skin. However, most masks are made with ingredients that will work with any skin type, whether it’s dry oily, combination or sensitive.
Although some may suggest that using cloth face coverings in the general public is dangerous, this is not the case. There have been reports of people having adverse reactions to synthetic masks, but these are the result of allergic reactions to the chemicals contained within the mask itself. The allergic reaction is generally a rash that takes several days to subside. Most people react to the use of these masks positively and say that they enjoy the results.
There is no evidence to indicate that using face masks containing vitamin C, aloe vera, or other plant extracts can benefit the skin beyond tightening and reducing puffiness. Vitamin C masks can actually irritate the skin, particularly if one is using a product that contains large amounts of alpha hydroxy acids. Although many people use alpha hydroxy acids to remove scars and aging effects, they can also cause serious irritation if they are too strong.
One commonly asked question is “What are the common side effects of a face mask?”. In most cases, these side effects are minor and include temporary redness, a flaking sensation, or slight itching. They are very easily resolved by washing the face mask with warm water and using antibacterial soap. In extremely rare instances, a serious infection could develop if the mucus within the mask was not properly cleansed.
Finally, one commonly asked question is “How should I store my masks?”. Masks should be stored in an area where they can remain undisturbed until needed. To store facial masks, one can place them in an unused saline spray bottle or an empty plastic food container. These methods will keep the masks fresh and allow them to remain effective for the longest amount of time possible.