A cloth face mask is simply a facial mask crafted from common textiles, typically cotton, worn around the nose and mouth. Although, face masks have a variety of uses, they are primarily used during sweat or water-resistance exercise. When physical distancing isn’t possible, and when even more effective face masks aren’t available, cloth face masks are an excellent alternative. Many athletes use them, as do individuals with dry skin.
There are many varieties of face masks, in various thicknesses and materials, that are suited for any number of application methods, such as: breathing through the nose, exhalation through the mouth, application to the scalp, application to the brow, application to the chin, the nose, and even application to the eye. The exhalation through the nose is most common, as breathing through the mouth results in excess moisture and irritation. When moisture builds up under your nose, you’ll often experience itching, a runny nose, and an irritated throat.
In the case of exhalation through the mouth, cloth masks allow you to move air out of your mouth. They are also easier to wash out than a plastic mask would be, and often have a slight odor. However, if you suffer from chronic or constant headaches, you should avoid using a face mask made from fabric, as it will aggravate your condition.
An example of an “exhaustive” face mask material is vinyl. Because it can’t absorb moisture, it forms condensation on the skin if not worn for long periods of time. It also doesn’t breathe, so it won’t help to remove pollutants.
When it comes to using these masks while exercising or doing physically demanding activities, the most important rule is to protect your eyes and head. Avoid using them when near water, as they can easily become splashed and cause a nasty splog. Always wear goggles to keep dirt and other debris out of your eyes. Also, always keep the mask’s strap away from your face, to prevent it from rubbing your eyes. Most importantly, stay away from using face masks when you have respiratory conditions, such as asthma or rhinitis. They can make these conditions much worse.
The best option for removing mucus, bacteria, and excess oils from your face is to use a HEPA filter mask, which filters out tiny droplets of mucus before they reach your lungs. HEPA filters use two layers of paper, separated by a layer of foam. The upper layer contains an anti-bacterial compound, while the lower layer contains a thin slice of Styrofoam or cardboard that catches small droplets of mucus. These masks remove 99% or more of airborne particles, which can contain serious contaminants. They are often the best choice for individuals who suffer from chronic allergies.