What to Look Out For When Purchasing a Face Mask for Healthcare Applications
Face masks are a popular form of acne treatment because they have proven to be effective in reducing facial pimples. Unfortunately, some people experience adverse reactions to face masks. These reactions may range from minor skin irritation and redness to severe skin conditions such as acne scarring or allergic reactions. In some cases, the skin irritation caused by face masks may even be more severe than the acne itself!
A skin mask, commonly called a facial steam or facial steamer, is a small cloth-based face mask typically made with common tapestry, cotton, or synthetic material, held over the nose and mouth. An ideal facewash, a spongy, moist cloth applied topically to the affected areas, is also sometimes referred to as a “master cleanse.” Although a master cleanse can be helpful for occasional cleansing, this type of treatment is generally used for long term acne treatment. If physical distancing isn’t possible, and if more effective topical masks aren’t readily available, cloth face masks may be a better alternative. Below are some of the most common symptoms experienced by users of facial steam facial sprays.
Scarring: Scarring is rarely caused by direct application of a face mask. Improper application may lead to tiny red splotches, which are easily hidden by larger surrounding tissues. If the acne problem isn’t very serious, small red bumps may not be visible. However, if the problem is more serious, scarring may be apparent, especially in cases where the treatment is applied to the entire face or across large areas. The good news is that many forms of facial cleansers, including the varieties normally sold in healthcare providers’ clinics, are formulated to minimize the risk of scarring.
Nose and Mouth Wrinkles: It is important to note that while many forms of surgical masks can eliminate the bacteria that causes acne, they cannot deal with the issues that come with blocked nostrils or open mouths. As such, the mask must be worn to keep the skin from becoming irritated. If the patient is experiencing any form of soreness, redness or swelling in the face, it is best to contact a physician as soon as possible. While most people are used to thick white or yellowish mucus buildup in the nose and mouth, these symptoms can also be indicative of an underlying condition that requires medical attention.
Ear Loops: A common complaint made by healthcare providers is the development of “ears” or “nose loops” in patients. Typically, a patient will put on a new mask each time their current one begins to become uncomfortable. However, if they continue to wear the same mask and do nothing to try to alleviate the problems, the ears can begin to “lie” down, creating a bumpy feeling that can worsen over time. In addition, the use of a disposable face mask can lead to the build-up of excess wax in the ears, which is caused by the tiny holes created by the ear loops.
It has been documented that many people suffered serious allergic reactions to the latex used in the original models of surgical masks. Fortunately, most surgical masks now contain natural products that cause no adverse reactions. Many public health organizations have also begun recommending the use of disposable surgical masks in light of recent outbreaks of serious side effects in the general public caused by the use of these hazardous products.