Face masks have been a staple of traditional medicine since ancient times. Their basic purpose was to keep dirt and other irritants from the face, as well as to act as a barrier to impede the spread of infection. Face masks today come in many varieties that address different concerns, such as allergy prevention, or cleansing the pores to prevent acne. For the purposes of this article, we will focus on cleansing the pores.
A cloth face mask, also known as a nasal mask, is simply a thin membrane, usually cotton, applied to the face and nose, either with or without steam. While most masks available today do not involve steam, some use steam to permeate the membranes to loosen dirt and other triggers, while others use a face scrub to clean out the pores. Steam can be harmful to the skin if it is applied at too high of a concentration. Additionally, physical distancing from the mask may be impossible, if not impossible, if wearing a thick mask. For these reasons, when more efficient masks aren’t readily available, and if physical distancing isn’t impossible, cloth masks remain popular.
As with any type of cosmetic, people have a certain level of comfort when it comes to wearing a face mask. Although it may seem unsightly, wearing one is often very comfortable. Many people like to wear them for their regular beauty routine, since the materials used to make them are usually fairly lightweight. They can be worn during the morning and throughout the day, since the membranes won’t change color even when worn all day long. The materials are also comfortable because they allow air to pass through them, unlike thicker products.
A surgical mask, unlike a cloth or nasal mask, must be worn in order to achieve its effect. Surgical masks are typically made out of plastic composites that are shaped and worn like a traditional nose stud. Although it may not be aesthetically pleasing, patients find that they feel better about themselves when wearing one, as it helps reduce blockages to the nose.
Face masks can be made in multiple layers. The lowermost layer is known as the support layer. It’s what provides the cushion for the uppermost layers. Each subsequent layer adds more support and creates more wrinkles. There is also a middle layer that covers the nose and mouth, creating a smooth surface. The topmost layer is the anti-bacterial layer, which kills off bacteria on contact and also reduces irritation.
To create a good fit, it’s important to get the mask perfectly square. It should sit level on your nose and cheeks, with at least 20 seconds of clearance on either side. The mask should also be slightly loose, since a tight fit can irritate your skin. Finally, you should use nose plugs if you don’t want the mask to rest against your face.