Maskology: The Study of People Wearing Masks

Today, I’m excited to launch our very own MCS Labyrinth Pinterest Account: a collection of boards with images linking to all the diamonds and gems out there relating to sensitivities to chemicals, including support groups and organisations – sourced world-wide; gorgeous people wearing masks; and many more… (If you’re not familiar with it – Pinterest is a way for you to organise and share the great things you find on the internet. It’s also a great way to discover great things that others are sharing. If you don’t yet have an account – you can get one here, just click the ‘Join Pinterest’ button at the top of the page.)

To celebrate, here is the first screen capture of many: People Wearing Masks. So many are beautiful; some have a feminist type quality about them – think Eva Cabelle; a lot of these people have Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS), Environmental Illness (EI), Toxic Induced Loss of Tolerance (TILT), or just plain chemical sensitivities. There are some artistic-just-mucking-around type shots of people wearing masks. Or serious looking people wearing serious looking gas-masks. And then there are the children… But whether the people are wearing masks to protect the health of their airways, or as a symbolic display of something else, they all have that one thing in common.

Welcome to Maskology – a study of masks.


When you see this many people wearing masks, it normalises it!

If there is an image you think we’ve missed, drop a link to it in the comments below, and it too, can go up on The Labyrinth’s People Wearing Masks Pinterest Board.

Happy Pinning!


Michellina Van Loder is a Professional Writer, Journalist and Blogger. This is where she shares her tales about trail blazing her way out of the Labyrinth of Chemical Sensitivities and Mould. This is also where you will find the latest Research on related topics.

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  1. Hi. Not sure if non-owners can pin onto a board that isn’t theirs, but I saw one of Thilde Jensen (is that her name?) books being reviewed on the Telegraph newspaper of the UK. It had a very beautiful, and emotional, pic of a mother and her (teenage?) daughter in an embrace, the daughter wearing a lace mask on her face. If you are still adding to the “People Wearing Masks” board, you might look at this: for the full story, or if you’d want just the pic. I didn’t see it on your site.

    I don’t have MCS, but my mother does. She seems to be battling it well, but I know for some, it can be a real beast.

    • Michellina van Loder says:

      Thank you so much. That’s a very powerful image, isn’t it? Heart rendering actually.

      I hope you mum can get better soon, and if not better, then at least to a place where she is safe within the boundaries that her health allows. It can be like being in a walking nightmare, for me anyway. Thank you for visiting; I love that so many people are coming out and speaking about this subject; including Thilde Jenson! Amazing photography.

      • Thanks. She’s hanging in there. Mainly just tries to avoid triggers. But I imagine that isn’t an opportunity for everybody. I knew a young woman about 20 or so back in the mid 00’s. She doesn’t have MCS, but cystic fibrosis, which ruins the lungs with mucus. She required a transplant. She wore a half-mask cartridge respirator to malls and social gatherings and such. Kind of like these pretty girls, also with CF: (not sure how–if at all–to pin this kind of link. It’s a video)

        Very pretty young lady, and was able to accessorize with it. Too bad more don’t have that attitude.

        Keep safe. Happy New Year

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