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How to Fix the Most Annoying Issues With Masks

Consumer Reports looked at quick fixes for some of the most common complaints about masks

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As mask mandates become more common, millions of people are adapting to a new normal, and sometimes they're finding masks to be a bit annoying and uncomfortable.

A few easy adjustments can ensure a safe and comfortable mask-wearing experience for everyone, according to Consumer Reports

Wearing masks is essential to slowing the spread of COVID-19, but that doesn’t mean you have to put up with fogged-up glasses, ear irritation and even acne.

If you wear glasses or sunglasses that are constantly fogging up, a mask with a wire sewn in at the top is your best bet. Pinch the top of your mask so that it fits the shape of your nose. Next, tighten the sides for a snug fit. You can also apply an anti-fogging solution to your lens; try wearing your glasses on top of your mask.

Next: Are you suffering from “mask acne?” When you wear a mask for a long period of time, you sweat, which causes bacteria to build up, which can cause acne. Make sure your face and mask are clean before heading out. If you’re still breaking out, a topical over-the-counter acne cream that contains benzoyl peroxide can help.

If your ears feel irritated from wearing a mask, it’s because the elastic ear loops are causing friction. Rub some petroleum jelly behind your ears. You can also switch to a tie-back mask instead of one with elastic ear loops.

You’re not supposed to touch your mask once you put it on, so if it keeps slipping, tighten it until it feels a little harder to breathe. You should notice your mask moving in and out as you breathe.

If you’re having trouble being understood while you’re wearing a mask, it’s not really a matter of speaking louder. Just make sure you’re speaking slowly and clearly, and ask other mask wearers to do the same.

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