The Effectiveness of a Face Mask
A facial skin mask is a thin membrane, typically made of thick, synthetic textiles, most commonly cotton, worn around the nose and mouth to temporarily lessen swelling and edema. Edema refers to fluid build-up in the cells of the face; excess fluid makes the skin look dry, flaky, or red. It can also cause facial pain and discomfort, which can be reduced with a facial skin mask. While most facial masks are designed for use during the winter months, they can be used all year round. When facial skin care is possible, a natural mask may be better for your skin than any of the chemical-based, artificial-smelling masks on the market.
Facial masks can be worn in a variety of ways. The traditional wearing of a clean cloth face mask while bathing can be a good start. If face masking is not possible, or if physical distancing from the water is impossible, a clean cloth with warm water on the skin can be worn, perhaps draped around the head. Wearing clean cloths while showering or bathing can also help relieve itching and discomfort. For extra hydrating benefits, some people prefer to wear thick cotton robes after cleansing and moisturizing.
Using a face mask in conjunction with daily cleansing and moisturizing can help to reduce the risk of cold and flu symptoms by reducing the number of infectious droplets in the droppings. Droplets of virus and bacteria that enter the body via the nose and mouth can become encapsulated in a single droplet, but if multiple layers of mucus are present, droplets cannot be collected. By using a facial mask containing disinfectant or anti-bacterial ingredients, the number of infectious droplets is significantly reduced.
Most medical professionals agree that using plastic bags or plastic bag gloves while cleaning the face is safe. Manufacturers have designed face masks specifically for use during the procedure to minimize the possibility of infection. N95 respirators are available in disposable form and can be used as a replacement for a surgical mask if it is required. However, as plastic bags can deteriorate after washing, it may be more economical to purchase a new plastic bag instead of a disposable mask. Plastic bag gloves are more expensive than surgical masks.
Plastic surgical facemasks are available in a variety of materials, including vinyl. Vinyl is superior to latex, but both can be used successfully if precautions are taken to avoid direct contact with eyes and mouth. The plastic used in face masks comes in different thicknesses, which affect how long the mask remains effective. The thicker the plastic, the longer the effectiveness.
A “purplish-red” mask should be worn whenever possible, as this color will inhibit the ability of viruses and bacteria from passing through. A clean, dry throat is an important sign that a person has sufficiently cleansed his or her nasal passageway. A mask should be worn at all times, even when a person is asleep. Wearing a face mask while sleeping will prevent a sleeper from breathing in any airborne pathogens, which could lead to serious consequences. Some devices that are used to ensure the wearer’s safety include special lenses and nasal strips that attach to the mask. These will keep any foreign particles out of the nose and mouth and prevent any airborne particles from entering the lungs.