As the pandemic rages on despite millions receiving vaccines each day, it is important that we do not become complacent. Every individual should carry on practicing good hygiene and maintain social distancing. As such, face masks continue to be the most sought-after apparel to keep pathogenic viral particles away.

As the frequency of face mask usage grew, so did the problems associated with it that were once never talked about. It’s not unusual to feel some degree of discomfort with a face mask on. In the article, we’ll be looking into some of the common face-mask related complaints and their solutions.

#1: Foggy glasses

If you’re someone who wears spectacles on the daily, you must have noticed how much of a problem face masks can become for your vision. Here are some ways you can prevent your glasses from fogging up:

·     Invest in a face mask with a nose bridge that fits tightly
·        Try to position your glasses on top of your mask
·        Invest in an anti-fogging solution for your glasses

#2: Painful ears

Your ears can start to ache if you wear your facemask all day. This is especially true for doctors and other healthcare providers who need to wear a mask (or even two) all day at work. Luckily, some simple solutions can save you from the pain:

·        Apply an ample amount of moisturizer around the ear before and after using your mask
·        Invest in a tie-back mask or one with an ear-saver clip that holds the loops together at the back

#3: Acne and other skin infections

Another imminent problem of wearing face masks for too long, especially older ones with irritable fabrics, is acne and other skin infections. The hot and humid air inside your mask can pave way for pimples and bacteria, something that can be avoided by timely treatment. Putting on emollients, moisturizers and using a good cleanser after a long day can all prevent skin irritation. If these methods don’t work, it may be a good idea to consult your dermatologist.

Face masks have become an essential in recent months and they may remain so for the next couple of years. Since they will be sticking around for a long time, it’s important to make sure they’re comfortable. If the solutions listed above don’t help with the face mask irritation, you should talk to your doctor about it. Connect faster and more efficiently with your healthcare provider through the Ouch App today!