How to make a face mask more comfortable

Posted by Sue, Volunteer Mentor @sueinmn, Sep 20 10:06am

Among the major complaints about cloth facemasks is what I call the "wet nose" effect – eventually, breathing and talking make the mask feel damp & uncomfortable. And the fabric against the face makes it difficult to speak clearly. I wear my mask all day while caring for my grandchildren, and found I neede 2-3 masks to get through the day.

My son-in-law prefers fabric masks to KN-95 when working unless he is very close to others, and he requested a "mask bracket" to make it more comfortable. I did some looking and found these as well as others online:
Here is my favorite: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08GST35C3/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o03_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 and the guys': https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08BQ9B45J/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o03_s01?ie=UTF8&psc=1

The first is firm and the second is softer – I find (maybe because I am small) that the soft one "collapses" a bit against my nose. These fit over nose & mouth and rest on chin, stay in place in the mask without any tape or fasteners, and are comfortable. I wore mine at least 6 hours a day for 4 days this week – only adjustment needed was to file off the rough spot where it was taken out of the mold. Able to talk, chase children, etc. Because the mask wasn't against my nose or mouth, no temptation to touch my face. Just need to grab the insert when removing mask so it doesn't fall on the floor.
Just another way to make mask-wearing more tolerable.
Sue

@sueinmn, Thank you so much for these links! The first I found was $12? but the second link didn't work. Is it one of the ones listed below the main item? by price maybe? https://www.amazon.com/Homemade-Silicone-Comfortable-Breathing-Washable/dp/B08931ZQZC. I want to forward this to others who are wearing masks for longer periods each day. Looks like a real boon and whatever makes it easier to talk …. and chase children! vbg…is a great find!

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Thanks for those great links, @sueinmn!

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@fiesty76

@sueinmn, Thank you so much for these links! The first I found was $12? but the second link didn't work. Is it one of the ones listed below the main item? by price maybe? https://www.amazon.com/Homemade-Silicone-Comfortable-Breathing-Washable/dp/B08931ZQZC. I want to forward this to others who are wearing masks for longer periods each day. Looks like a real boon and whatever makes it easier to talk …. and chase children! vbg…is a great find!

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I tried the link and it worked just now. Did you copy & paste, or just click it. The one you posted looks very similar, though.
Sue

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Is there any place that is it cheaper? if they are only valid for a specific time, you have to have more to replace them.

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@cielo

Is there any place that is it cheaper? if they are only valid for a specific time, you have to have more to replace them.

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I don't know why they would need replacement very often, they are definitely sturdy, washable & resuable. I would estimate that unless you lose the mask insert it should last indefinitely. I didn't think $3.00 apiece was a bad price, but you might be able to find cheaper ones… I was looking for ones with a good rating to avoid a poor quality product.
Sue

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@sueinmn

I tried the link and it worked just now. Did you copy & paste, or just click it. The one you posted looks very similar, though.
Sue

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Oh, @sueinmn, I don't know whether to laugh or throw up my hands in despair! lol If there is an "easy way"..like point and click or a "harder/more complicated way" to get to an answer, I'm most likely to try the "harder" every time….Wish I could say I had mud on my face but we've not had rain in far too long…grins! Thank You! Yes! Both of your links worked if clicked…Google revealed the site I listed.

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@sueinmn

I don't know why they would need replacement very often, they are definitely sturdy, washable & resuable. I would estimate that unless you lose the mask insert it should last indefinitely. I didn't think $3.00 apiece was a bad price, but you might be able to find cheaper ones… I was looking for ones with a good rating to avoid a poor quality product.
Sue

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Thanks. But in amazon are $ 12 each one, them 7.50 delivery.

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@cielo

Thanks. But in amazon are $ 12 each one, them 7.50 delivery.

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If you look at all the options, you can see there are 3-5 in a package. Perhaps you know someone with Prime? Then delivery would be free. I also looked on eBay, and there are many with free shipping, and about $2-3 dollars each in quantities of 4-5 with free shipping. Just search for "face mask frames"
Hope this helps.
Sue

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Thank you so much. Have a good day.

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My family and I are using similar mask brackets. It’s so much nicer than having my mask right against my mouth. It makes me feel less claustrophobic.

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@sueinmn

I don't know why they would need replacement very often, they are definitely sturdy, washable & resuable. I would estimate that unless you lose the mask insert it should last indefinitely. I didn't think $3.00 apiece was a bad price, but you might be able to find cheaper ones… I was looking for ones with a good rating to avoid a poor quality product.
Sue

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I have been reading some of your posts & they are educational, easy to read, often funny. So thanks for them. I signed up in late 2018 but didn't go on this site very much until I came back in mid-summer & particularly w/ this pandemic I was thinking could be a good place to share, maybe laugh & spend worthwhile time. Am a bit "tired" w/ wearing masks but feel it's the best thing we have right now to protect ourselves & others. Have you tried any of the Etsy masks? Kathy

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@sueinmn

If you look at all the options, you can see there are 3-5 in a package. Perhaps you know someone with Prime? Then delivery would be free. I also looked on eBay, and there are many with free shipping, and about $2-3 dollars each in quantities of 4-5 with free shipping. Just search for "face mask frames"
Hope this helps.
Sue

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Just got the cages. They are fantastic. How do I get the rubber smell out? 🙂

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@merpreb

Just got the cages. They are fantastic. How do I get the rubber smell out? 🙂

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Ii washed mine and put in sun for a day. Only one of 4 types had any noticeable smell and they're better now. Inalso dab essential oil on my mask before wearing each day.
Sue

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@katiejo59

I have been reading some of your posts & they are educational, easy to read, often funny. So thanks for them. I signed up in late 2018 but didn't go on this site very much until I came back in mid-summer & particularly w/ this pandemic I was thinking could be a good place to share, maybe laugh & spend worthwhile time. Am a bit "tired" w/ wearing masks but feel it's the best thing we have right now to protect ourselves & others. Have you tried any of the Etsy masks? Kathy

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Hi Kathy, Thanks for the kind words. I've never bought any masks because I make them – have done several different designs and give them to family and friends. I have also donated many to the local school districts and senior outreach. It's my little bit that I can do during the pandemic while staying isolated.

Sue

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@katiejo59

I have been reading some of your posts & they are educational, easy to read, often funny. So thanks for them. I signed up in late 2018 but didn't go on this site very much until I came back in mid-summer & particularly w/ this pandemic I was thinking could be a good place to share, maybe laugh & spend worthwhile time. Am a bit "tired" w/ wearing masks but feel it's the best thing we have right now to protect ourselves & others. Have you tried any of the Etsy masks? Kathy

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@katiejo59, I agree with what you wrote about the value of these forums, even more now with the pandemic turning all lives upside down.

Here is a link to my favorite mask ordered from Etsy: it is lightweight and comfortable, has a pocket for replaceable filters and the best advantage is the velcro strap that once fastened behind head, allows one to remove ear straps while not completely removing the mask. I placed a second order for this one: This is the one I ordered and highly recommend for comfort and easy breathing: $13 https://www.etsy.com/listing/813425809/purple-dare-active-wear-sports-face-mask?ga_order=most_relevant&ga_search_type=all&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_search_query=nylon+facemask+with+velcro+strap&ref=sc_gallery-1-5&plkey=4cd3efd9022d888fc821702318cced1d3c104213%3A813425809&bes=1

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