A cloth face mask is typically a thin, transparent mask worn over either the nose and mouth or over the cheeks. When such facemasks are unable to be found, and when natural facial distancing is almost impossible, cloth face masks have a few benefits that make them a favorite of sufferers of acne and blemishes. Cloth facemasks are easy to use and don’t have obvious after effects like chemical-based lotions and creams. Cloth facemasks can also be used in conjunction with other skin care products and/or acne treatments.
One of the simplest uses for a homemade mask is for clearing blemished or sun-damaged skin. A simple mixture of one part lemon juice to two parts olive oil can make a really effective homemade mask. Just apply the mixture to your face and leave on for about 15 minutes before washing it off with warm water. This homemade mask can be used as often as needed to treat minor sun damage. If your skin has been subjected to extreme sun, you may want to use the mixture several times each month to prevent premature aging. If your skin has already been damaged, a homemade mask made with these ingredients may help reduce the appearance of scarring.
Another way that face masks can be used is to improve the look of scarring. A person who has spent years in a sun or acne-prone environment is naturally more prone to sun damage than a person who avoids the sun but stays in an air conditioned room. Because the skin is exposed to direct sunlight and then to air, the skin becomes thinner and more fragile. To restore its elasticity, a person can wear a face mask at least once or twice a week to moisturize tired, sun-damaged skin. These masks can also be worn during the day when the wearer is wearing sunscreen, to shield the face from the damaging rays of the sun. Some women wear face masks in the summertime when they avoid the hot sun, but they still need to reapply sunscreen before swimming or sweating.
Other common uses of homemade masks include treating the symptoms of acne, eczema and psoriasis. A good, pre-symptomatic face mask will help to reduce transmission of infection-causing microorganisms from the hands to the skin, reducing the risk of an outbreak. They can be applied to all areas of the face but are particularly effective in treating pre-existing conditions, such as acne or irritations around the nose, mouth or chin.
Some face masks contain antibacterial components that can help to eliminate the unpleasant symptoms of colds and flu. For example, a covid-19 pandemic version of a face mask contains staphylococcus aureus, which are known to be efficient against colds and the flu. Such a version could be worn every morning following a cold or flu in order to prevent the onset of symptoms.
A useful aspect of many pre-made face masks is that they are able to fit snugly on the face without feeling uncomfortable. This is an important benefit, since some sufferers of migraines, for example, find it difficult to breathe when the mask is either too loose or too tight. A droplet’s solution, for example, can be injected into the mask for extra comfort and convenience, while other versions can be worn in the same way as regular eye drops. It may even be possible to use droplets from home spas, which can be frozen and then used as a face mask. The advantage of these types of home treatments is that they don’t involve the high costs associated with visiting a spa.