A face mask, or simple bandage, is an absorbent cloth mask designed of fine, usually thread-like cloth, worn around the nose and mouth. Masks come in all sizes, but some have special features to address particular needs. For example, there are masks designed to address chapped or broken skin around the mouth. A common cloth face mask includes a waterproof, breathable membrane that covers and protects the nose, cheeks and chin. If physical distancing is impossible and if other medical aids are unavailable, a cloth face mask may be the most appropriate choice. There are different types of cloth face masks:
Tan/Gold Face Mask: this type of face mask is most often worn during the hot, arid parts of the year, for example in the desert or in the Southwestern United States. It is worn to provide temporary protection from the sun. Often, the wearer also wears sunscreen to further protect his or her skin from the effects of the ultraviolet (UV) light.
Straw Man Face Mask: A straw man face mask can be used as a preventative measure against the common cold. It is worn as such, with the straw inserted through openings in the cheeks and mouth. Straw man masks were originally used in conjunction with other forms of personal defense, such as drinking from a boiling cauldron. Straw man masks can be made of latex, vinyl or spandex. Straw man masks can be worn as a headband to protect the hair and as a bandage to conceal or treat cuts or rashes.
Face Smoothing Mask: Many viruses, bacteria and fungi attack the nose, especially when the nose is blocked by nasal congestion or when the throat is dry. In these circumstances, a soothing mask, such as a full face mask, can provide immediate relief. The mask can be used to reduce redness and irritation from allergies, rhinitis, sinusitis and other conditions. Many people find that using these masks help prevent colds and flu. And they are useful for the treatment of many other health conditions, as well.
The valves in face coverings help keep dirt and water out of the eyes. Because of this, the eyes must be cleaned often. Cleaning the eyes frequently helps prevent conjunctivitis, a painful and stubborn eye disease. Another important reason for using the valves in masks is that they help prevent dust from entering the nose. Often, dust gets into the nose through the hands. Using these handpieces helps keep the dirt out and keeps the eyes clear.
Face coverings can be worn to protect the entire head, or just certain areas. The various reasons for wearing face masks vary; however, most are designed to help prevent the spreading of an illness or prevent damage to the face. Wearing masks can help prevent migraine headaches and other headaches related to sinus infections, allergic reactions and other conditions.