Face masks, also known as facial scrubs, are a type of cosmetic procedure used to beautify the face and neck area. Facial scrubs are primarily used for facial cleansing, though they can also be used on other areas such as the shoulders or back. Facial scrubs are a type of personal hygiene product sold in most major retailers. These products consist of a non-lubricated, non-scratch sponge or pad with specialized skin care ingredients and other materials that are used for exfoliation and moisturizing the skin.
A surgical mask, sometimes called a mini facial, is a thin, closed-lipped mask usually made of surgical textiles, which are similar to face cloths, but much thinner. Surgical masks have small holes in their roofs that allow doctors to deliver small particles of various medications. These particles are released through tiny puncture lines. Face masks provide excellent facial and neck complete protection from infection, but without the discomfort of skin irritations or excessive dryness that can occur with some other types of cosmetic procedures. While surgical masks cannot provide complete protection for the entire face, they are the most effective method of facial and neck protection.
Face masks can either be worn as normal head wear, or they can be worn over a gown during certain procedures in order to protect the gown from abrasion and scratches. Face masks can also be worn during certain therapeutic procedures at healthcare facilities, such as plastic surgery. Face masks may also be worn during certain sports or exercise activities. Many healthcare workers and patients prefer wearing face masks rather than other forms of personal hygiene products because they provide a high level of comfort, provide protection from infection and dryness and do not contain harmful chemicals.
A hand sanitizer nose pad, or “toast” mask, is a small pad placed in a nostril for sanitizing purposes and removing any odor. Masks are often used to cover a mouth gap or to prevent accidental swallowing of a hyped up mouthful of food. A sanitizing face mask should contain chlorine dioxide or pure, distilled water so it kills germs and bacteria and eliminates the need for antibacterial hand sanitizer, antifungal medications or over the counter rinses. Some masks come with additional features such as double layered shields to prevent chafing of the mask, a UV light source to kill germs and bacteria and an audio alarm to alert patients and healthcare personnel if they have reached their limit for sanitizing the mask.
Nasal sprays are another alternative to a face mask. These are generally used by individuals with chronic sinusitis or post-nasal drip, which can lead to difficulty breathing and frequent sores at the edge of the nose. Nasal sprays work by spreading a highly effective salicylic acid solution throughout the nasal region. A wide variety of brands of nasal spray can be found at almost any drugstore and are usually inexpensive and easy to use.
Lastly, there is the use of surgical masks. Surgeons primarily wear breathing masks known as “obstructive surgical masks.” Obstructive surgical masks are typically made of neoprene and air-tight, molded plastic face masks that keep the wearer’s breathing space free and clear. While these highly advanced face masks have shown great improvement in the prevention of serious breathing complications associated with some diseases, like emphysema and chronic bronchitis, they are not recommended for individuals who smoke or have other breathing problems.