In order to effectively treat and prevent acne, a person must understand how to use an effective face mask. Properly applied, face masks can help prevent acne, clear up existing acne, prevent new acne from forming, and/or reduce the severity of acne scars. Here are some general rules for the proper use of face masks:
Type: Any clean, soft fabric should be used to create a mask. Natural fibers, such as cotton or linen, work best, as they spread easy. However, face coverings that are natural and non-synthetic (i.e., velvet or satin) will spread more easily, thus reducing the likelihood of irritations. A cloth face mask is typically a loose cloth mask worn over the nose and mouth, providing a temporary barrier against dirt, bacteria, oil and grime. When using cloth masks, especially when physical distance is impossible, natural fabrics provide the most comfort. When physically distant and when more effective synthetic masks aren’t available, the cloth face coverings will still work well.
Function: Typically, a face mask should function as the first step in an acne treatment process. A mask can prevent the spread of bacteria and dirt by allowing only minimal amounts of air to pass through the material. As long as the air flow is limited, the bacteria are effectively blocked from spreading. Masks should also serve as exhalation valves, allowing only small, measured amounts of sebum to escape from the skin.
Efficacy: Masks should be an effective way to combat the spread of acne. However, like all medical treatments, a higher than average effectiveness rate does not necessarily mean that the treatment is efficient. In general Pandemic outbreaks are highly unexpected and even pandemic specific treatments may not work correctly in the face mask. As a result, it is important for staff members to ensure they are using masks that suit their needs and are working in the appropriate environment. Proper face mask fitting and correct use is the most important aspect of dealing with a potential pandemic.
Pandemic Risk: Like any other type of protective gear or clothing, face masks help to prevent contamination at the work level. However, a high level of wear is necessary to make sure that the wearer’s immunity is high enough to ward off infections. Wearing face masks help to prevent the spread of an infection, but wearing them too often or for too long can make people more susceptible to infection. Pandemic infection prevention requires that staff members take some basic steps to reduce the risk of getting a particular kind of infection.
How to Wear Them: As with all protective equipment, proper fit is one of the most important factors. It is advised that those wearing pandemic face masks should wear them throughout the day, and not just during outbreaks. This helps to spread the infection, which may be caused by contact with a contaminated object. To avoid spreading a disease, remember never to touch your eyes when wearing a mask. Wearing them in the morning and evenings may also help reduce the number of hours spent applying cream or washing infected hands.