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Publication numberUS165955 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateJul 27, 1875
Filing dateApr 9, 1874
Publication numberUS 165955 A, US 165955A, US-A-165955, US165955 A, US165955A
InventorsHelen M. Eowley
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Improvement in masks for medical purposes
US 165955 A
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HELEN MQROWLEYQ Mask for Medical Purposes. N0.165,955 Patentedluly27,l875.




Specification forming part of Letters Patent No. 165,955, dated July 27, 1875; application filed April 9, 1874.

To all whom it may concern Be it known that I, HELEN M. RowLEY, of Van Wert, in the county of Van Wert, Ohio, have invented a Mask for Medical Purposes; and I do hereby declare the following to be a full and correct description of the same, reference being had to the accompanying drawings, in which Figure 1 represents the mask applied to the face, and Fig. 2 is a separate view of the mask.

My invention consists in the application, as a medical agent, to the face of a person suffering with certain forms of disease, or afflicted witha bad complexion, of a mask made of flexible india'rubber, either for the purpose of exciting perspiration with a view to soften and clarify the skin by relieving the pores and the superficial circulation, or for the purpose of applying and confining nnguents or other medical preparations to the skin of the face for the palliation or cure of cutaneous eruptions, blotches, pimples, or other similar compleXional defects.

My invention is peculiarly adapted to the needs of ladies who desire to improve their complexion and I contemplate its being worn during the hours of sleep.

For freckles or fugitive discolorations, and for clogged pores and capillary congestion,

the perspiration excited by covering the face with a medium which prevents .the escape by evaporation of the cutaneous transpiration, acts as a bleaching agent, and to relieve the loaded pores and congested capillary vessels. But for affections requiring specific remedies the medical agent adapted to the particular ailment may be applied in the shape of an ointment or plastic preparation spread lipon the interior surface of the mask. The mask should be made so flexible as to apply itself readily and closely to the face of the wearer.

What I claim as my invention, and. desi1e to secure by Letters Patent, is-

As a new article of manufacture, a mask made throughout of flexible india-rubber, for the purpose of being applied to the face, as and for the purposes specified.

' The above specification of my said invention signed and witnessed at Van 'Wert this 28th day of March, A. D. 1874.


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Cooperative ClassificationA45D44/22, A61F7/02