A facial mask, also known as a face pack, is a small cloth-based mask worn to slough off dead skin cells, moisturize and cleanse the pores of the skin, and to open the pores of the face so that the skin can breathe. Face packs are usually worn once or twice a day – in the morning before one’s bath and at night before going to bed. There are many different varieties of face packs, from thick, rich to thin, waterproof to not waterproof. Some face packs are made from a mixture of natural fibers, and some are made from synthetic fibers only.
A cloth face pack is usually a thick mask resembling a heavy fabric, typically cotton, worn on the nose and cheeks to slough off dead skin cells. When multiple layers are impossible and when wearing such masks isn’t possible, cloth face packs are effective, although they may be uncomfortable and difficult to breathe through. Some face packs are large enough to cover the entire face, but the wearer still has to breathe through a small opening in the top of the mask. Many are meant to be disposable, but others are designed to be used regularly.
N95 surgical masks, on the other hand, are a line of special masks specifically made for the protection of those with respiratory issues, meaning they are made from a very soft synthetic material. N95 is commonly used in hospitals and in the military. N95 surgical masks have larger openings and more than one layer of material, which allow the user to breathe through them even when the air is very hot outside.
Because surgical facemasks are made from soft, breathable materials like cloth, many people wear them while they sleep without discomfort. Because of this, the face mask may be worn under one’s regular sleepwear. The wearer should still wash their face before and after use to remove any soap or excess residue. Since a face mask may be worn under other clothing, it is necessary to wash all items that come into contact with the face, including bedding, pillows, comforters and sheets.
Breathable face masks are a good option for people who find it difficult to breathe through the mouth. Breathable choices include full-face and nasal breathers, which attach to the nostrils and mouth with straps. These types of face masks can be worn as stand-alone devices or with another type of face covering like a nose cap, such as a nasal band or nasal shield. Some Breathable masks also feature a facemask attached to the outside of the mouth. This feature provides a slip-resistant fit that keeps the facemask held in place.
Another option for breathing through the mouth is an open-face breathing mask. These can be made from various materials and come in several styles. Some people recommend using disposable masks that are made from soft vinyl or cloth because they are more comfortable. Some fabrics used in these types of masks can capture and hold small particles and clog the airway as well as capture dust particles. This can result in reduced effectiveness and comfort for the user.