The 10 Most Common Complaints about Face Masks
It’s 2021 and we have all been wearing masks now for over a year. The importance of face masks combined with physical distancing and frequent hand-washing in the battle against the COVID-19 pandemic has been proven beyond any doubt and we are all doing our part to support the universal masking strategy to try and regain normalcy as quickly as possible. But while masks come with a proven track record in protection, they are also generating a range of personal challenges and frustrations resulting from long hours of wearing them. Here is list of the most common complaints about masks as well as suggestions on how to help make your mask-wearing experience as grievance-free as possible. Read on to find out more.
1) My mask is making it hard for me to breathe –
Masks are designed to filter out infectious droplets. To achieve a high level of filtration, masks are usually made up of a mesh of material that filters the air we exhale and/or inhale. But these layers built to protect us through filtration are also making it harder for us to breathe freely. In fact, there is usually a trade-off between the level of filtration and how easily we can breathe in our mask. When choosing a mask, you want a mask that keeps you safe with a high filtration level but also allows you to breathe so that you manage to keep your mask on for as many hours as needed.
Fabric masks from breathable fabrics like cotton or cotton blends allow you to breathe more freely, but it is important to choose a face mask with at least two layers of fabric for effective protection. A mask like Sonovia’s SonoMask™ has two layers of tightly knit yet breathable fabric, but at the same time doesn’t compromise on performance and boasts an impressive 98% filtration rate of 5-micron particles.
2) My mask is hurting my ears –
Ear straps may lead to pain or pressure behind the ears and even headaches and jaw pain. There are different mask accessories out there meant to reduce the pressure and force on the ears created by the mask’s ear straps. However, remembering to bring these everywhere with you can be a load on your memory. Instead, choose a mask that is designed with your ears in mind. The SonoMask™ comes with your choice of adjustable, soft ear straps, or adjustable head straps to keep the pressure well dispersed and away from your ears. Keep it simple with the SonoMask™.
3) My mask is giving me pimples –
You may have discovered that after wearing your mask for a few days or weeks, your complexion has gotten worse, with pimples popping up on your face and your skin looking and feeling irritated. Pimples resulting from mask-wearing have even gotten their own term: maskne. Maskne is especially common among people wearing disposable masks, since disposable masks are made of plastic material that is tough on your skin as the mask continuously rubs against your face all day long. You can’t ditch your mask, but you can definitely ditch your maskne. Start off by choosing a mask made of soft, natural, breathable fabric. If you want to really put the pimples behind you, choose a mask that actively works for you.
The SonoMask™ is based on innovative patented technology that blasts the fabric used in the SonoMask™ with active zinc. Zinc has been used in the skincare industry for years to fight acne and other skin irritations and breakouts due to its antibacterial properties. Zinc actually kills the acne-causing bacteria, and it maintains these properties in the SonoMask™’s fabric. In fact, lab results confirm that the fabric in the SonoMask™ eliminates the bacteria that causes acne with 99.99% effectiveness. With the SonoMask™ you are not just healing your skin from bad mask choices, you are also protecting it from future maskne episodes.
4) My mask is fogging up my glasses –
We’ve all been there; we put on our sunglasses or glasses, then our mask, and then the world becomes shrouded by fog. The warm air from our breath escapes from our mask, hits those cool lenses and fogs things up. A mask with an adjustable nose wire like the SonoMask™ will help you ensure a snug fit of the mask over your nose and mouth so that air doesn’t leak out to fog up your vision.
5) My mask is becoming more uncomfortable by the hour –
Just like a pair of uncomfortable shoes, the longer we have our masks on, the more any discomfort caused by our mask accumulates and builds up, sometimes to the point where we just can’t imagine keeping our mask on for even a minute longer. We need to keep our masks on to keep us safe, so ripping off our mask when it becomes annoying is not an option. But choosing a mask that keeps us comfortable is really the smartest option for the long-haul. The SonoMask™ with its soft, breathable fabric gives you that natural, comfortable feel to help you get through your day without giving your mask a second thought.
6) My mask is too hot –
COVID-19 is a year-round experience, so masking for safety needs to be a year-round activity as well. Going into the summer months, warm climate areas, heated interiors or just sprinting to catch our train can crank up the heat inside our mask, making things hot, humid, and horrible. Once again, a mask with a breathable, natural fabric is the best option, and the SonoMask™ delivers that comfort throughout all seasons, climates, and range of activities.
7) My mask is too loose -
How many times have you seen people wearing masks with more gaps than coverage? For masks to protect you, they need to fit snugly and provide complete coverage of your nose and mouth. A mask that is too loose or has side gaps will allow air to escape and will not protect other people from you or you from other people. Some masks are sold as one-size-fits-all items, but people are not one-size beings, and everyone deserves to be protected. This is especially true for kids who at this time cannot be vaccinated and spend all day in high-risk areas like school. Keep the people of all ages and sizes in your life safe by giving them the gift of protection with the SonoMask™. The SonoMask™ comes in 3 different sizes suitable for kids to adults, has your choice of adjustable ear straps or head straps, an adjustable nose wire to ensure a close fit on
every face shape, and lots of colors and prints for everyone to express their sense of style.
8) My mask is too tight –
On the other side of the fit spectrum lies the mask that is too tight. Once again, a result of many masks being sold as one-size-fits-all to a population that is anything but that. Here, too, the SonoMask™ with its range of sizes and multiple adjustability and fit options provides a comfortable solution.
9) My mask is impairing my vision –
Masks that ride up to just below your eyes can impair your vision and put you at risk of falling over obstacles or putting yourself in danger. Exercising additional caution while getting around with your mask on is prudent. Slowing your pace down a notch and making sure there are no obstacles in your way is smart. And once again, good mask fit is key, and the SonoMask™ delivers.
10) My mask is giving me bad breath and odor inside my mask –
Mask-wearing is making some people feel like they are not getting enough air breathing solely through their nose. As these people shift to breathing through their mouths instead of through their noses, mouth health is affected. Breathing through your mouth dries up saliva which plays an important role in keeping your mouth clean. With less saliva around, food particles remain in the mouth and serve as fuel for bacteria to thrive. A high level of bacteria causes bad breath which gets trapped inside the mask causing bad odor inside the mask as well.
Luckily, the same zinc-embedded fabric in the SonoMask™ which fights maskne also eliminates bacteria with over 99.9% efficacy keeping your mask fresh and you smiling beneath it.
While all the above issues are the most common complaints about face masks, we also need to address the main reason for mask-wearing which is the need for a high level of protection from COVID-19. Obviously, mask comfort and fit are extremely important, but they go hand in hand with the protection level you expect to receive from your mask to justify putting it on in the first place. The SonoMask™ gives you added value that you don’t get from other masks on the market. The innovative built-in zinc in the SonoMask™’s fabric also has antiviral properties. In fact, lab tests prove that the fabric in the SonoMask™ neutralizes SARS-CoV-2 with over 99.97% efficacy!
Mask wearing is necessary to keep us safe, but constant distress and discomfort from wearing masks should not be a part of our new normal. With the right mask on your face, you can get the best protection on the market with none of the grief. At Sonovia, we know people are not one-size-fits-all, so we’ve designed our SonoMask™ to be as unique as the people who wear it.
TheSonoMask™: engineered with safety in mind and people at heart.