The major enemies of all latex masks are:
- Perspiration- It contains oils, and oil rots rubber.
- Petroleum- Any kind of oil, Vaseline, or solvent, dissolves latex.
- Sunlight- UV rays and ultraviolet. They also make rubber brittle.
- Heat- Heat will bake out the natural moisture rubber needs.
- Crushing- If folded, and under pressure, masks will crease.