How to Choose a Face Mask
Face masks have a variety of uses and applications. They can be used for regular application or as part of a cosmetic regimen. Using face masks regularly can improve skin texture and appearance as well as eliminate the visible signs of aging. While there is no single best facial mask, there are several factors that must be considered before purchasing a face mask. The purpose of this article is to help you decide whether a face mask is appropriate for your situation.
A facial mask is generally a thin plastic mask worn directly over the nose and mouth, often with a textured surface. When worn properly, a cloth face mask can provide substantial facial improvement and eliminate the appearance of facial wrinkles. While some masks have adjustable features to allow for different mouth and nasal widths, others are fixed. When facial distancing is difficult, and if other effective masks aren’t available, cloth face masks provide a very effective solution.
There are two types of face masks: full faced and half faced. The full face mask covers the entire face, including the nose and mouth. A half faced mask focuses on the nose, lips and chin while keeping the rest of the face free of coverage. They are typically worn during cold or damp weather and to help prevent excessive sweating. Full and half-faced masks can be either wired or wire or completely wireless.
Many healthcare settings have been using face masks for years with good results. Health professionals may choose from elastic-sided or non-elastic-sided varieties depending on patient comfort and ease of application. Face masks are often worn during routine dental visits as part of a healthcare professional’s day to day activities.
One of the most commonly used applications is at the local surgical site. Since the nose and mouth are usually the only areas covered by a face mask, patients are less likely to experience any uncomfortable side effects such as itching, redness, swelling or puffiness. Plastic surgeons recommend using plastic nose and throat gels after surgery to lock in the swelling so that it doesn’t return once the face mask is removed. In addition, most plastic surgeons encourage their patients to wear nose and throat creams to help achieve the same effect. These creams provide excellent comfort and do not add to the discomfort or odor associated with the application of nasal strips or snuff.
When choosing a face mask, healthcare professionals should consider the size, shape and color of the patient and their preferences in terms of fit, design and color. If the face mask requires removal, patients should select a product that will not irritate the skin where it is applied. Since healthcare professionals are often exposed to an airborne threat, such as through the use of syringes, nose or throat creams and even gloves, selecting a face mask that does not irritate the mucus lining of the nose and throat is essential. Similarly, if a patient prefers to use a specific brand of hand sanitizer or other medications after plastic surgery, they should choose a product that will not leave a greasy residue on the skin.