The Best Protective Face Masks 2022

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The Best Protective Face Masks 2022

We study the best pro­tec­tive face masks in 2022 togeth­er with a doc­tor and a design­er: we talk about the dif­fer­ent types, as well as the mate­ri­als of res­pi­ra­tors
The Best Protective Face Masks 2022
Rat­ing of the best pro­tec­tive face masks . Pho­to: Pix­abay

What kind of masks are not pro­duced today: do you want a syn­thet­ic one from a phar­ma­cy or a trendy black one, like the heroes of block­busters? Or maybe you need the max­i­mum degree of pro­tec­tion and then you should look at indus­tri­al res­pi­ra­tors? We talked to both the doc­tor and the design­er (style mat­ters in mod­ern life too!) about the best pro­tec­tive face masks in 2022.

We tell you what mod­els exist and how they dif­fer from each oth­er.

Top 5 rating

1 place. Respirators with replaceable filters

Respirators with replaceable filters.
Res­pi­ra­tors with replace­able fil­ters.

They are reusable. They are made from hypoal­ler­genic mate­r­i­al. The main fea­ture is already vis­i­ble from the name. In such pro­tec­tive face masks, you need to screw fil­ter cap­sules. They pro­tect against most tox­ic gas­es and vapours.

They are used exclu­sive­ly for indus­tri­al pur­pos­es. How­ev­er, against the back­ground of the spread of coro­n­avirus, you can also meet peo­ple in the metrop­o­lis. But the ques­tion is how reg­u­lar­ly the fil­ters change and whether they change at all. Plus, such a device is often quite expen­sive.

2nd place. Anti-aerosol protective face mask

Anti-aerosol protective face mask.
Anti-aerosol pro­tec­tive face mask.

Most often they were used at con­struc­tion sites and in indus­try. More­over, depend­ing on the qual­i­ty, this can be used for sev­er­al shifts. Unlike con­ven­tion­al masks sold in phar­ma­cies, these are much more snug to the face, which increas­es their degree of pro­tec­tion. Be sure to have a breath­ing valve. And the top is made to fit com­fort­ably with gog­gles.

How­ev­er, if you want to use this for med­ical pur­pos­es, you still have to fol­low the rules of hygiene and change it every two to three hours.

On such masks, the pro­tec­tion class must be indi­cat­ed. It starts with the abbre­vi­a­tion FFP fol­lowed by a num­ber.

    FFP1 — retains up to 80% of solid and liquid impurities. It is recommended when working in dusty areas where the suspension in the air is non-toxic. That is, some sawdust, chalk, lime.
    FFP2 — retains up to 94% of impurities in the atmosphere and even substances of medium toxicity.
    FFP3 — stops up to 99% of solid and liquid particles.

3rd place. Mask with a window for a respirator

Mask with a window for a respirator.
Mask with a win­dow for a res­pi­ra­tor.

As a rule, this is a mod­ern­ized med­ical mask. Only she has a small valve for breath­ing. This helps wick away some of the nat­ur­al mois­ture that builds up when you exhale. In addi­tion, in order for the res­pi­ra­tor win­dow to be bet­ter attached, sev­er­al lay­ers are added to the mask. They usu­al­ly have six lay­ers.

Also on such pro­tec­tive face masks indi­cate the mark 2.5 PM. So in the doc­u­men­ta­tion they des­ig­nate ultra­fine par­ti­cles, that is, very tiny. Only some gas­es are small­er.

In every­day life, 2.5 PM par­ti­cles are dust par­ti­cles and droplets of mois­ture. They lit­er­al­ly float in the air. The des­ig­na­tion on the mask means that it does not allow such par­ti­cles to enter the res­pi­ra­to­ry organs. At least as long as the res­pi­ra­tor is fresh.

4th place. Pharmacy mask

Pharmacy mask.
Phar­ma­cy mask.

Cor­rect­ly it is called “med­ical mask”.

“Mod­ern med­ical masks are made from non-woven syn­thet­ic mate­r­i­al made using spun­bond tech­nol­o­gy — from poly­mers using a spe­cial spun­bond method,” he told We gen­er­al prac­ti­tion­er Alexan­der Dolenko.

Such mate­r­i­al retains mois­ture well. Please note that on the pack­ag­ing you can find two names — sur­gi­cal and pro­ce­dur­al. The first masks are ster­ile and con­sist of four lay­ers, not three, as usu­al.

5th place. sheet mask

Fabric mask.
Fab­ric mask.

These pro­tec­tive face masks have two main con­sumers. The first are mas­ters of the beau­ty indus­try. That is, hair­dressers, nail ser­vice work­ers, eye­brow spe­cial­ists. They work with dif­fer­ent chem­i­cals, aerosols, plus in close prox­im­i­ty to the client. There­fore, it is an ele­men­tary pro­tec­tion of the res­pi­ra­to­ry tract.

The sec­ond buy­er of fab­ric masks made of linen, cot­ton, as well as with all sorts of prints are fash­ion­istas. KP spoke about the use of masks in the fash­ion indus­try design­er Sergey Titarov:

— The mass nature of pro­tec­tive masks is a great oppor­tu­ni­ty for fash­ion­able fash­ion com­pa­nies to release a design­er prod­uct that will attract the atten­tion of oth­ers. When the epi­dem­ic is over, masks will become an indis­pens­able and, no doubt, use­ful acces­so­ry. Dur­ing the coro­n­avirus pan­dem­ic, the con­scious­ness of most peo­ple will change and they will be more con­scious about gen­er­al hygiene and dis­ease pre­ven­tion. Of course, a pro­tec­tive face mask will become one of the attrib­ut­es of a mod­ern per­son, along with a beau­ti­ful bag or fash­ion­able glass­es. We will see how fash­ion design­ers will play with this acces­so­ry with dif­fer­ent looks.

In 2022, stars use design­er masks for flights and any vis­its to pub­lic places, choos­ing them to match their image: mak­ing them a styl­ish accent or an ele­ment of the total look. But where did the fash­ion for pro­tec­tive masks come from? Sergey Titarov answers:

- Asia is the main con­sumer of pro­tec­tive masks, every self-respect­ing Asian wears it. Ini­tial­ly, the mask was exact­ly what it was intend­ed for. The ecol­o­gy of megac­i­ties leaves much to be desired, many use a mask as pro­tec­tion against air pol­lu­tion. Asians are big worka­holics and in this regard are very sen­si­tive to their health. They pro­tect them­selves, but at the same time they want not to infect oth­ers, and for this they use a mask. Part of the pop­u­la­tion is wor­ried about the con­di­tion of their skin, even a small pim­ple on the face caus­es great con­cern, but all this is hid­den behind a lay­er of tis­sue.

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Do cloth masks protect against coronavirus?

They are not rec­om­mend­ed by experts for use in every­day life, as they do not reduce the like­li­hood of the dis­ease. On the con­trary, wear­ing them can lead to the for­ma­tion of a false sense of secu­ri­ty and reduce atten­tion to the rec­om­mend­ed activ­i­ties — min­i­miz­ing vis­its to crowd­ed places, dis­tance, hand wash­ing. Now the emer­gence of a large num­ber of dif­fer­ent design­er masks can be seen as a “fash­ion­able” direc­tion for prof­it in the cur­rent envi­ron­ment.

Can the mask be washed?

From a med­ical stand­point, you can’t. The masks are dis­pos­able, do not need to be washed, ironed or processed in any way. The World Health Orga­ni­za­tion is also against it.

Which mask and who should wear it?

Experts rec­om­mend using only med­ical masks for peo­ple with symp­toms of SARS or pneu­mo­nia. And health­care work­ers who work with patients. Res­pi­ra­tors with appro­pri­ate reg­is­tra­tion cer­tifi­cates are rec­om­mend­ed for use by med­ical per­son­nel involved in the treat­ment and mon­i­tor­ing of patients with and sus­pect­ed coro­n­avirus infec­tion. Not rec­om­mend­ed for use by patients them­selves.

Can a mask cause allergies?

Each per­son has a dif­fer­ent lev­el of skin sen­si­tiv­i­ty, with pro­longed con­tact of the mask with the skin, der­mati­tis and aller­gic reac­tions may devel­op. But this, as a rule, does not depend on the qual­i­ty of the mate­r­i­al, but on the indi­vid­ual sen­si­tiv­i­ty of human skin to var­i­ous, includ­ing syn­thet­ic mate­ri­als.

By Yraa

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