Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, the medical advice on using face masks has shifted.
Although many Australian health experts have not been recommending healthy people wear face masks, that advice has since changed in particular hotspots.
From 11.59pm, Wednesday, July 22, it is a requirement for anyone living in metropolitan Melbourne or the Mitchell Shire to wear a face mask when leaving the home for one of the four permitted reasons, including work or study, shopping, exercise and essential care.
For those living in New South Wales, face masks are now also recommended in situations where social distancing is not possible.
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But with this news comes a flood of differing information on what face masks we should purchase, when we should wear one and oddly enough, why our skin is becoming so crappy underneath them.
So, to make things much simpler for all of us, here are seven of the most common questions surrounding face masks, answered.
Do I need to wear a mask?
At this point in time, the Australian government has outlined that anyone living in metropolitan Melbourne or the Mitchell Shire is required to wear a mask. And, for anyone based in New South Wales and in situations where social distancing isn't possible, they are recommended.
Furthermore, if you know that you'll be in a situation where there will be large groups of people (i.e. on public transport), or you are at increased risk of moderate illness, masks are a great way to keep yourself and others around you protected.
OK, so what type of mask should I be buying?
"My preference is disposable masks so they can be clean and fresh daily; but if you are wearing a reusable mask, make sure to wash it daily," Northern Sydney Dermatology skincare expert Dr Nina Wines told Mamamia.
If you do opt for a reusable mask, the Australian Government recommends one that has three layers. The outer layer should be a water resistant fabric (polyester), the middle layer should be a fabric blend (cotton polyester blend or polypropylene) and the inner layer should be a water absorbing fabric (cotton).
The most important factor is that the mask covers both your mouth and nose.