All you need to know about face masks
Disposable 3-ply breathable face masks are one of the most common styles of face coverings used by the general public. These masks are constructed of 3 layers of non-woven material and are loose-fitting. They are designed to create a barrier separating the user's mouth and nose from dust, pollutants, and airborne contaminants. Typically discarded after each use, 3-ply face masks offer comfort, breathability, soft elastic ear loops that reduce pressure and tension on your ears, and a budget-friendly price.
The innermost layer is gentle on even the most sensitive skin, with soft, non-pigmented facial tissue. In the middle is the filtration layer, which does the heavy lifting to protect your mouth and nose against inhaled airborne particles. Then there’s the outer layer, which provides your last layer of defense for effective protection.
This delivers more effective sanitary protection than you would find with a single-ply or double-ply mask. The CDC recommends wearing masks with at least two layers for more effective filtration.
These masks protect against:
- Pet allergens
- Airborne water droplets
These masks are not approved to be used in medical settings in the United States. You should not wear these masks if you are going to be in a setting where it is a high-risk environment for infectious disease, excess bodily fluids, or in a surgical setting.