A facial mask, sometimes called a nasal mask, is a thin-type mask placed over the nose and cheeks, worn in place of makeup. Though there are some brands that advertise ‘nose art’, not all nose art is made to be covered with a face mask. When wearing one, a patient must breathe through the mouth (breathing in through the nose would only push mucus into the throat, causing an obstruction). The mask provides patients with the impression of a more natural nose, reducing the chance of misaligned nasal tip and size.
When appropriate, face masks to prevent from spreading infectious organisms that can be spread through the air during hands-only touch or through the nose and throat brushing. Masks are also used to improve the appearance of the wearer. When not in use, they prevent the nose and mouth from looking clogged, allowing the wearer’s natural beauty to shine through. When more efficient masks aren’t readily available, and when facial distancing is almost impossible, cloth face masks can be worn to hide a hooked nose, bulging cheekbones, short cheeks, or sunken eyes.
Choosing to wear masks when possible, rather than using hand sanitizers or disinfectants, reduces exposure to bacteria, viruses, and fungi that can be airborne while in the home or at public swimming or water facility. As a general rule, if possible, choose to wear masks instead of using personal care products. Disposable hand sanitizers may remove bacteria and viruses that are on the skin, but they cannot eradicate bacteria that have spread from the skin to other parts of the body, such as the nose and throat. Disposable masks on the other hand, can clean the skin without removing any bacteria or virus. In addition, if one cannot afford to buy or use a disposable face mask, many hospitals and clinics offer cloth masks that can be washed after each use. If sterilization methods for masks that have been sterilized by a medical professional fail, one can sterilize household cloths before using them for face masks.
An inexpensive and convenient face mask alternative is to tie a rubber band around the nose. The band will hold the nosepiece in place, and there is no need to wash the rubber band after each use. These rubber bands are cheap and easy to make, and a new look can be achieved when ties are replaced by bands. For athletic or outdoor sports, disposable plastic nose studs can replace rubber bands, and one can be kept in an emergency kit.
One can also make a face mask with a simple sewing project. A few threads of strong fine-grade nylon thread and a few needles will be all that is needed to create a top-quality face mask that adorns the features and ears of a newborn baby. Alternatively, one can purchase a kit that contains all the necessary materials and instructions. Kits contain fabric, needles, thread, zipper closures, face masking tape, buttons, rubber bands and a dc headings. In order to test the quality of the materials, a parent can draw the fabric on the back of the baby’s hand and if it appears elastic or comfortable, then the material used in the kit will be adequate.
Fabric covered elastic face masks with Velcro closures can be made at home by placing a sheet of paper face mask over a pair of scissors and making four slits across the top of the mask. Once this is accomplished, one can cut strips of fabric, secure them onto the paper face mask, and then sew the strips together forming a closed pattern. For children who are not yet able to read, Velcro-sealed fabric patches can be sewn onto a head circumference to provide easy reading. For babies and toddlers who are afraid of the dark, a small patch of Velcro can be placed at the base of the nose for visual purposes. Plastic nose pliers can also be used to pull the mask to the desired position.