Face masks protect you and others from disease, but long term use can cause discomfort. These tips should help alleviate the most common frustrations.
- Ear pain and skin sensitivity – Choose natural materials like cotton and get creative with where you loop the straps, try a high bun, sew buttons onto a headband, or buy or make a connector for the back of your head.
- Headaches – Set a timer to remind yourself to drink more often to prevent dehydration of caffeine withdrawal.
- Breathing trouble – Practice mindful breathing exercises or find a place to be alone without your mask for a few months.
- Foggy Glasses – Wash your glasses with soapy water or an anti-fogging product, and fit your mask so the top is more tight than the bottom.
- Breakouts – Wash cloth masks and your face daily, and use a noncomedogenic moisturiser. Consider not wearing makeup under your mask.
Remember, wearing a mask is an act of kindness. Even if you don’t have symptoms, you can shed viruses to those around you.