The Difference Between Face Masks and Vented Compressions
Face masks have a long history, dating back to Egyptian times thousands of years ago. Face masks were worn for several different functions. They could be used to shield the wearer from infection or injury, they prevented irritations from damaging the skin, or they even helped improve a person’s facial features. Regardless of their main purpose, they have proven to be one of the most important tools in any type of skin care program.
A surgical mask may be compared to a life-saving bandage. Not only does it provide a layer of protection, but it also acts as a filter to catch small particles, such as those that enter into the body through the skin. Though most surgical masks come in the form of a disposable type, there are a few exceptions, such as the Dermaplex that uses the “surgical grade” droplets that are made out of a surgical grade synthetic material.
Droplets that are made out of a surgical grade material are designed to wick away any small particles that may enter the body. This can be compared to a large, porous wall that captures sand as it slides over it, trapping it between the fabric and the face mask surface. Because of this design, plastic bags are often used as face masks. Plastic bags are attached to the top of the plastic bag and then drenched with a detergent solution to soften the plastic. After that, they are placed inside a plastic bag, which is then washed and dried.
As far as the differences between a face shield and a face mask are concerned, there is actually very little difference at all. Both types of face shields are worn by the general public on a daily basis. The only real difference is that a face shield is worn by the general public while a face shield is worn by health professionals and is approved for therapeutic use by the FDA.
A face mask functions in much the same way as breathing in a hospital room where you have no control over what is coming out of your mouth or nose. You simply cannot keep breathing in and out, because you are being bombarded by dust, particles, germs, pollen, molds, bacteria, viruses and even chemicals that are airborne. All of these particles cause you to experience inflammation, irritation and inflammation of the membranes in your lungs. As you breathe out, the remnants of the particles that are left in the air fill the airways and cause mucus to be formed. A face shield functions exactly the same way except that instead of particles filling the airways, it is comprised of protective layers of foam that completely cover the nose and mouth. It traps those particles so that they are unable to penetrate and cause you problems, instead of allowing them to be inhaled by the general public.
Face masks may be worn during the summer months when the air is cool and/or dry, but they can also be used throughout the year as long as you purchase a product that has the protection of both the soft fabric and the hard foam layers. Some of the most popular brands on the market today are Medix, Acuvue, Biomedics and Purevision. It is best to conduct research online to find out which brands of face shield are the most effective at reducing the number of particles that enter the nose and throat area. Then it is easier to decide whether the protective layer(s) are enough to protect you from each day. However, the most important thing to remember is that no matter how safe the product seems, one should never underestimate the potential power of bacteria and viruses.