A Face Mask You Can Breathe In! Plus, Avoid 'Maskne'
Over the past year, it has been astonishing to see how quickly face masks have become 'normalized' within our society. In fact, it's strange to see someone not wearing a mask when out in public these days. The face mask has definitely become thee defining symbol of this decade - a symbol that represents 'hope' and 'humanity' for some, and for others, 'oppression.' Regardless of what your opinion is on face masks, they are a cultural phenomenon and have proven effective in the fight against COVID-19.
Why is it still important to wear face masks?
1. They reduce viral transmission (if worn correctly)
According to Purvi Parikh, an allergist with Allergy & Asthma Network and clinical assistant professor at the Department of Medicine at NYU Grossman School of Medicine. “Surgical masks and cloth coverings can reduce viral transmission by 70% if everyone wears them and wears them correctly..."
A recent study published in Health Affairs, compared the COVID-19 growth rate before and after mask were mandated in 15 states across the US and the District of Columbia. It found that mask mandates led to a slowdown in daily COVID-19 growth rate. The first five days after a mandate, the daily growth rate slowed by 0.9 percentage-points compared to the five days prior to the mandate. After three weeks, the daily growth rate had slowed by 2 percentage-points.
2. They prevent asymptomatic spread.
Wearing a mask is an easy way to reduce the risk of unknowingly spreading the infection, but people also need to observe social distancing rules and practice good hand hygiene.
An experiment using high-speed video found that hundreds of droplets ranging from 20 to 500 micrometers were generated when saying a simple phrase, but that nearly all these droplets were blocked when the mouth was covered by a damp washcloth.
By wearing a face mask (even if you have no outward physical signs of being infected) you are preventing the spread of the virus as you may in fact, by asymptomatic.
3. You're protecting others from illness.
There have been individual cases across the world proving the effectiveness of face masks. It was reported that a man flew from China to Toronto and subsequently tested positive for COVID-19. He had a dry cough but wore a mask throughout the entire flight. The 25 people closest to him on the flight tested negative for COVID-19.
In another case, two hair stylists in Missouri had close contact with 140 clients while (without their knowledge) being sick with COVID-19. Everyone wore a mask and none of their clients tested positive.
4. They're good hygiene in general
Medical professionals from surgeons to dentists were wearing masks to protect themselves from droplets, germs, and illness as well to prevent their own germs from spreading, even prior pandemic. In many cultures, wearing a mask when one is ill or has allergies is a sign of respect for others. Wearing a mask to protect yourself is normal, and simply good hygiene when in a high-risk situation.
The team at Huha have a new found respect for mask-wearing. Post-pandemic and beyond, we will definitely be wearing a face mask when we go out in public and aren't feeling well. Which is why we have invested in creating long-lasting, zinc-infused mineral face masks.
What is maskne?
As the name suggests, maskne is a type of breakout that results from wearing a face mask. Prior to the pandemic, this form of facial irritation was primarily experienced by athletes, “commonly due to the sweat, heat, and friction in their helmets and straps,” Dr. Saedi explains. “We are seeing it more now with people wearing masks for an extended period of time.” Dr Suozzi adds that you also get acne mechanica in your armpits from using crutches.
Overall, Dr. Saedi explains that maskne—and often, acne mechanica in general—is triggered by pores being blocked by sweat, oil, and makeup. For masks in particular, "while breathing for hours with the mask on, it creates humidity to [form] a breeding ground for acne," she explains. The friction of the mask can also block and clog pores, leading to the formation of comedones or blackheads, says Dr. Suozzi.
Huha Mineral Face Masks
Woohoo, a mask you can breathe in and one that won't give you 'maskne.'
Our Mineral Masks are made the same, ultra soft, silky smooth fabrics we make our Mineral Undies with –– including a zinc-infused liner that wards of bacteria and keeps your skin feeling fresh while keeping you protected.
The Huha Mask is adjustable at the sides and contours the face for a perfect fit. The use of TENCEL™ means that the masks have a low environmental impact and are biodegradable and compostable, allowing them to eventually revert back to nature.
🌳 Made from super soft, biodegradable cellulose fabrics
🌙 Zinc-infused* liner helps you avoid 'maskne'
🌈 Easily adjustable and contours at the sides
🌿 Soothes the skin and protects against bacteria
⭐️ 2 layer has a super-soft outside and zinc-lined interior
💗 3 layer has two layers of the super-soft outside and zinc-lined interior with an optional compartment to add a filter
Mask Wearing: Dos & Don'ts
- Wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth
- Wash your hands before putting a mask on
- Put the mask on using the straps instead of touching the cloth
- Remove the mask by the straps
- Wash your hands after you take it off
- Store it in a clean, dry container
- Wash your mask daily in hot water
- Hold onto the cover when you apply your mask
- Adjust or touch the mask once it’s on properly
- Slide it down under your chin
- Wear it if it’s soiled, wet, ripped, or damaged in any way
- Share your face mask with someone else
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