This Simple Trick Will Make Your Face Mask More Comfortable

Consider irritated ears and constant mask adjustments a thing of the past.

circle

With face masks becoming a requirement in many businesses and public spaces around the country, many people are suddenly realizing what medical professionals have known for years—wearing a mask for a long period of time can be seriously uncomfortable. In fact, many medical professionals have taken to social media to display just how badly their protective equipment can dig into their skin, showing off deep marks in their cheeks, their noses, and irritation behind their ears from wearing PPE. But since it seems that face masks will be necessary for everyone for the foreseeable future, many people are left wondering: How do you make your face mask more comfortable?

Luckily, the answer is simple. Instead of looping your face mask's straps behind your ears, attach them to a cloth headband with large buttons sewn on either side, near where the headband hits your ears. Doing so can help make your face mask more comfortable by reducing the amount of pressure on your cheeks, nose, and chin, and limiting irritation behind your ears, too.

Just loop the straps of your face mask over the buttons instead of your ears, and voila! The mask will be a lot more comfortable in an instant.

https://www.instagram.com/p/B-rGWk5FXyi/?igshid=4q0rn9afxbo3

However, there are some precautions you should take if you're employing this trick. "Masks are supposed to touch your skin to create a barrier and a seal from the outside world," explains Sharleen St. Surin-Lord, MD, medical director at Visage Dermatology and Aesthetics Center.

St. Surin-Lord notes that if your headband has made it so that your mask lifts off your face and is no longer touching your cheeks, "this would mean that there is space whereby airborne particles could enter the mask," thus diminishing its effectiveness. And if you want to avoid potentially perilous errors when you're washing your face covering, check out these 5 Ways You're Cleaning Your Face Mask Wrong.

Best Life is constantly monitoring the latest news as it relates to COVID-19 in order to keep you healthy, safe, and informed. Here are the answers to your most burning questions, the ways you can stay safe and healthy, the facts you need to know, the risks you should avoid, the myths you need to ignore,and the symptoms to be aware of. Click here for all of our COVID-19 coverage, and sign up for our newsletter to stay up to date.
Filed Under
Best Life
Live smarter, look better,​ and live your life to the absolute fullest.
Get Our Newsletter Every Day!
Enter your email address to get the best tips and advice.
close modal
close modal
GET YOUR FREE GIFT
SUBSCRIBE