The Pros and Cons of Fabric Masks
A face mask is typically a plastic or artificial mask, designed from synthetic fabrics, typically cotton, worn around the nose and mouth. These masks, typically used by burn patients to reduce their exposure to intense heat, can also be used for facial hair removal, acne scar removal and wrinkle treatment. Although they are designed to be comfortable, it is possible to cause pain or irritation by using a face mask too often. If physical distancing isn’t possible, and if many other facial masks are available, fabric face masks provide a cheap alternative, and are often the preferred choice.
Plastic and artificial face coverings do have advantages over fabric ones. Plastic faces provide a more uniform coverage than cloth ones, although even these types of masks will stretch after some time. Also, the ease of cleaning means that little maintenance is required on the part of the user. Fabric covers may be machine washable, but the ease of cleaning requires a special, hand-washing system. Some synthetic materials, such as vinyl, are more susceptible to abrasion and staining.
The biggest disadvantages of face masks are that they can be uncomfortable to wear for long periods. During the summer and during cold weather, the skin on the face can become damp and clammy, making it difficult to breathe. Wearing a face mask constantly causes the skin to produce sweat, which can further irritate the already-existing conditions. Wearing a face mask can increase the risk of developing an adverse reaction to the sweat produced, especially if wearing one during a pandemic when the temperature is high.
Fabric masks can help prevent outbreaks of acute allergic reactions to allergens. For example, using an allergy mask during a pandemic could help prevent individuals from inadvertently allergic-acting. In this instance, a barrier could be applied that contains allergens or irritants, such as vinyl chloride. However, these products cannot prevent all potential allergens.
Many people have different reasons for wearing a face mask. While some do it for aesthetic reasons, such as covering acne or wrinkles, others wear them for medical, health, or environmental purposes. A number of materials are used to make these masks. One of these is hypoallergenic foam. However, as mentioned before, the benefits of using a face mask for protecting against airborne allergens, bacteria, and viruses are over-emphasized when compared to its negative aspects, which include increased time to wear the mask, and possible irritation to the skin.
In summary, a cloth mask is more convenient than a foam mask and can help prevent irritations to the skin. However, the negative aspects of using face masks, such as increased time to wear the mask, may outweigh the benefits. Foam-based products can be used by people with a variety of allergies or conditions. It can also help protect against airborne allergens. If you are concerned about any possible allergies to dust or airborne allergens, you should contact your doctor before wearing one.