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Staying Comfortable in a Face Mask

Staying Comfortable in a Face Mask


With businesses and schools around the country reopening, it is more important than ever to stay safe by wearing a face mask. However, adapting to wearing a face mask for prolonged periods of time may present a challenge to many, and may cause some frustrations. Here are some tips to maximize comfort for as long as you need to wear your mask.

Keep a Clean, Dry Mask

As you move around and work throughout the day, you may begin to feel a buildup of moisture in your mask, caused by sweat and/or saliva. This buildup of moisture not only leads to discomfort, but can make your mask less effective. Always use a clean, dry mask, and replace it after use--if needed, we recommended bringing extra masks when going out to ensure that you always have a clean face mask on hand.

Invest in an Ear Saver

A common concern while wearing a face mask is ear-chafing--the rubbing and pressure around the ears caused by the pull of the mask’s ear loops. In order to keep the skin of your ears from being rubbed raw, ear savers provide an alternative way of keeping your mask snug around your face. They are available as accessories and can come in the form of headbands, small plastic hooks, or even velcro straps--simply attach your mask to an ear saver and relieve some pressure and friction from your ears.

Stay Hydrated

Some people report increased headaches while wearing a mask. This may be due to the tendency to forgo drinking water and/or liquids while wearing a mask. Remember to drink water periodically throughout the day and to stay hydrated to prevent dehydration-related migraines, headaches, and other issues.

Minimize Facial Products

Because masks create a closed environment for excess moisture to build up, wearing a mask for long periods of time may lead to skin irritation/and or break outs around the cheeks, chin, and nose bridge. In order to stay comfortable in your mask, it is recommended to wear masks only on clean, moisturized skin, and to minimize makeup if possible. Wash your face with a gentle cleanser and oil-free moisturizer both before and after wearing your mask. With fewer heavy products on your face, your pores are less likely to clog and you may increase the longevity of your face mask.

Make Sure Your Mask Fits

As a general rule, your mask should fit snugly around your face, not only to maximize effectiveness, but also to maximize comfort. Masks that are too loose will shift and slip, requiring adjustment, and masks that are too tight will cause breathing discomfort. Be sure to choose a face mask that covers both your mouth and nose comfortably and that does not greatly impede your ability to breathe or speak.

Looking for masks? We're here to help. Advanced Products offers high-quality, 3-ply medical face masks, available in both single and bulk quantities. Contact us today if you are in need of consistent, stable supplies of masks for your organization.