|Probably not what he was wearing, but still wrong|
I might have been hesitant comment on one particular mortification practiced by Saint Baradates, a fifth century Syrian hermit, if his bishop had not also expressed some concern. That he lived in a hut too small for him to stand up is all right. That he ate only what he could forage is fine. Even that he wore only animal skins is okay. Couldn't those last two also be said of John the Baptist? But that he wore a leather mask that exposed only his nose and mouth is... well, troubling.
On the other hand, he is praised as both a wise and obedient monk. As proof of his wisdom, consider that Emperor Leo I wrote to seek his opinion on the Council of Chalcedon. As proof of his obedience, consider that he gave up the hermit's life (and mask) when his bishop ordered him to.