A facial mask, also known as a masque, is a cosmetic or surgical face covering usually made from natural textiles, typically cotton, worn around the nose and mouth. Sometimes, even when wearing the best non-surgical face masks are impossible, and in such instances, cloth or plastic face masks may be preferable. The use of face masks is growing in popularity for many reasons. Not the least of these reasons is that facial skin care and cosmetics have progressed to the point where natural skin masks can be used to achieve excellent results.
Facial masks come in many varieties depending on their use. Generally, in a medical or dental setting, they are used to provide exhalation in cold patients. In this way, the patient can reduce excessive sweating through respiratory mechanisms while still maintaining optimal body temperature. In certain cases, masks may be required for patients with special skin issues, such as severe allergies or eczema. And in yet another variation, for patients with severely droopy eyelids that cause rubbing of the eye tissues, there are specially designed eyelid masks that allow the wearer to breathe without irritating the eyes.
While these particular examples may illustrate the broad range of possible facial masks, they are by no means conclusive. Each patient must first consult his or her physician, an expert in the face mask field, in order to determine what exactly his or her needs are. Different situations require different types of face masks. For example, if one is applying a cold compress to treat a facial skin issue such as a chapped lip, then a cloth or plastic mask may be appropriate. However, if the lip balm is to be used to treat an actual physical skin problem, such as rosacea or acne, then a fabric or foam mask would be more appropriate.
Another important factor that must be taken into consideration is the amount of time each individual patient can wear a face mask. Face masks can either be worn all day long or simply for short periods at specific times. As with any other type of medical device, the length of time that a patient can wear face masks will vary according to the severity of his or her condition. Some patients may be able to wear face masks all day long, while others may only need to wear them for five to ten minutes at most.
Small particles and tiny droplets of secretions can collect inside a surgical mask and cause irritation to the wearer’s eyes. For example, during a sneeze a small amount of saliva will collect inside the nose trapping tiny particles. If these small particles were not trapped, they could easily become lodged in the sinuses and nasal cavities which would cause further inflammation and potential damage. However, small particles in the nose are usually not life threatening. It is when large amounts of mucus build up inside a patient’s nose that a surgical mask may become necessary.
Another important factor to consider is that many children will start wearing a face mask before they are old enough to comfortably wear one. Babies will be able to wear some masks up to the age of two, but after this age most babies will need to wait until they are wearing a properly fitting adult nose piece. If your child is wearing a nasal guard or other similar device that doesn’t fit over their nose properly, they may experience pain, discomfort, and may even fall out of their shoes. When selecting a child’s nasal guard, it is very important that you check the height of the device to make sure it will fit over the child’s nose properly. If the device is too high your child may have difficulty breathing or he or she may not be able to breathe through the nose. Always check your child’s facial height before purchasing a nasal guard so you will know if the face mask will be a suitable fit for your child.