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    16 Problem-Solving Products To Make Wearing A Face Mask With Glasses Easier

    Including quick fix-its for glasses fog, aching ears, and making your face masks *actually* fit your noggin.

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    Hey there! By now you've seen the CDC's guidelines recommending people wear nonmedical face coverings in public if they're "not fully vaccinated, fully vaccinated and in an area with high or substantial transmission, or fully vaccinated with weakened immune systems" (and know whether or not they're mandatory in your area).

    Two cartoon people wearing masks

    These guidelines are in place primarily to protect people around you from droplets you might expel through breathing, talking, or coughing; even people without symptoms may still be at risk of spreading the virus. The masks don't have to be anything fancy — the primary functions are that they are breathable, cover your nose and mouth, and are tight enough that they don't leave loose space for droplets to escape. Ideally, face coverings will also be multi-layered — and even *better*, could include a pocket for a filter. You can check out BuzzFeed's guide to the CDC's face covering recommendations, which include answers to all your burning mask questions as well as tutorials for how to make your own!

    You can also check out BuzzFeed's guides to face masks in solid colors, the prettiest face masks, and face mask problem products for more options.

    Since face masks present a few unexpected challenges for people wearing glasses, I rounded up some of the best problem-solving products on the internet (your glasses fog is quaking in its frames!!).

    1. A popular streak-free anti-fog spray you can quickly apply to eyeglasses, sunglasses, and face shields to prevent them from fogging up while you're wearing a mask.,

    Promising review: "I have tried everything to keep my glasses from fogging with my mask and this product is by far the best. I'm sorry I waited so long to purchase it. I live in the Florida Keys and do a lot of diving and snorkeling and it works fabulous for my dive mask also. I would highly recommend Optix 55 fog gone. Great price, also I think this bottle will last a very long time." —Bebe

    Get it from Amazon for $9.55.

    2. A 3D mouth bracket you can clip to the inside of your face mask to keep you from breathing in fabric, keep pressure off your nose, and — most importantly — help prevent your glasses from fogging up.

    A lot of reviewers also mentioned this was great for saving their lipstick or when fabric from masks gets wet in the rain!

    Promising review: "Love this item. As a health care worker who had to wear glasses all the time, the use of this device in between the layers of my masks certainly prevent my glasses from fogging up. It also helps to keep the pressure off my nose. Helps to reduce nasal skin irritation from prolonged wear off the masks at work and in the community. Highly recommend this item. Great price." —RC

    Get a set of five from Amazon for $9.74.

    3. A soft silicone ear-saver and mask-extender that works overtime on problem-solving — not only does it take some of the pressure off your ears, but it can help take reduce fogging by tightening your mask.

    A model wearing a mask that is pulled together around the back of their head by the silicone ear saver, which has three different toggles on the back for sizing

    Psst — a lot of reviewers mention this worked great for kids' masks, especially since sizing for kids' faces is all over the place and difficult to measure out when you're buying masks online!

    Promising review: "I ordered these because my ears were starting to hurt from wearing my mask. I was SO EXCITED by the second benefit which was the downward pressure on the top of my mask keeping my glasses from fogging up!!!!!" —Amanda O'Neal

    Get a four-pack from Amazon for $5.99 (available in eight different color combos).

    4. Or a pack of extender straps made with plastic hooks, so it lays a little bit flatter on the head.

    Promising review: "Lost one of my hearing aids while taking off my COVID mask! Found it in the parking lot. Ripped my glasses off when taking off my COVID mask! Scratched the lens. Saw this strap on an employee at Costco who told me where to order more mask problems. I have shared my extra ones (you have to order five) with friends who had the same problem. Great product!" —Amazon Customer

    Get a five-pack from Amazon for $6.79 (available in three colors and various styles).

    5. OR — for a snugger fit — stretchy extenders with adjustable Velcro that loop around the back of the neck. These let you make much more precise adjustments for the *CDC's kiss* perfect fit.


    Promising review: "I wear hearing aids, so the normal behind the ears face masks cause me problems putting on and off. Then wearing glasses on top of the mask, my poor ears are not happy. I like these a lot — they are very easy to adjust. I have found that I prefer to wear these under my hair rather on the back of my head. These don't really stretch, but they work well with the stretch ear loops." —Amazon Customer

    Another promising review: "Works well, keeps stress off the ears and keeps medical mask tighter to face especially when wearing glasses helping to reduce fogging." —guy m

    Get it from Amazon for $5.70+ (available in black, rainbow, and white).

    6. A handmade 3D-style face mask designed to be worn with glasses and sunglasses. The construction of the fabric around the nose stops fogging right at the source, and the thick seams prevent glasses from sliding down.

    A model in a blue 3D face mask that sits more off the nose wearing a pair of sunglasses
    Conico Masks/Etsy

    Conico Masks is a California-based Etsy shop that specializes in face masks, face masks designed for glasses, and eyelashes.

    Promising review: "Awesome mask. Was looking for a mask that would fully cover my face and not fog glasses. This mask does both, while being very comfortable. Love how this mask fits. The design is very smart and different than other masks. Went with size large, which was spot on. Also, super fast shipping." —MM

    Type Of Fit: Elastic ear loops

    Pocket For Filter: No

    Fabric Type: Linen, Satin, or Cotton

    Shipping Time: Expected to ship within 3-4 days

    Get it from Conico Masks on Etsy for $11.99+ (available in 26 varieties).

    Psst — this shop offers ✨free shipping!

    7. Or a face mask with a nose bridge engineered to conform to your face shape and significantly reduce glasses fog (and is made with stretchy cotton ear loops to prevent ear ache).

    Reviewer image wearing a black face mask with around the ear loops and glasses that are not fogged

    Promising review: "I've been on the hunt for a good mask that can make it at least somewhat bearable to wear one in these COVID times. I've purchased several other that claim they help reduce fogging up of glasses but still don't work. I also needed something larger for my lovely cherub type face. This mask covers my nose well and rest just below my chin. It's not too tight and fits snug and comfortable! The clip that helps reduce fogging up of glasses really helps! Way more than other I have purchased in the past. I'm so glad I found these and that they come in a pack of three. I can wear one for a bit then wash and always have one to use." —A Garcia

    Type Of Fit: Around the ear loops

    Pocket For Filter: No

    Fabric Type: Cotton

    Shipping Time: Standard shipping

    Get a set of three on Amazon for $14.99.

    8. A nose clip you can snap right onto the top of any face mask to reduce the amount of warm air floating up to fog glasses in the first place (*and* keep your mask nice and snug on your human face).,

    Promising review: "Wearing a mask causes my glasses to fog up, but with these nose strips, that problem is gone! They are flexible and adhere to the masks very well. The best part is, they come in packs of 100 so I can give them out to all my friends and family." —krohgster

    Get a 100-pack from Amazon for $5.99 (available in six quantities).

    9. Or strips of double-sided face mask tape perfect for when you know you'll be wearing face masks for longer periods, like out on an errand or at work. Not only does it make you less likely to fiddle with your mask, it works *wonders* on glasses fog issues.

    A reviewer image with their mask on and glasses fogged "before" and then unfogged "after"

    Reviewers also mention that although the tape is gentle on their skin, the adhesive is strong enough that they're generally able to use it two or three times per strip.

    Promising review: "I highly recommend this product if you wear glasses. Anytime I wore my mask (prior to using this) my glasses would fog up. It didn't seem to matter how I positioned my mask or what mask I wore. I got really sick of the constant fog, decreased visibility and need to wipe my glasses every five seconds. The tape is super easy to apply and I generally wear them two to three times before replacing. Would recommend especially as the weather gets colder." —Helena

    Get 36 precut strips from Amazon for $14.95.

    10. Or for more of a DIY vibe, a roll of micropore tape you can cut yourself and either use to tape the bridge of your nose, or even the entire front top of your face mask to lock it in place.

    Rolls of white micropore tape in a box

    I found this tip from a doctor's viral tweet that shows how you can easily apply it to prevent glasses fog!

    Promising review: "I use this to seal the upper portion of my work-required Covid mask so that my safety glasses do not fog. This stuff sticks very well and doesn’t irritate. Be careful pulling it off, super sticky!" —The Lamberts

    Get a box of 12 ten-yard rolls from Amazon for $8.84.

    11. A face balm designed specifically to solve mask-related ouchies, combatting irritation and chafing at the nose and ears with vitamin E and aloe.


    Promising review: "Great stuff. It’s very helpful. I use it on top of my ears because I am wearing a mask and glasses." —Roslyn R. Romanowski

    Get it from Amazon for $10.50.

    12. A set of small silicone ear guards that slide right onto the temple of your glasses to not only keep them in place when you're moving around a lot, but take some of the pressure off your ears — especially a relief if your ears are dealing with face mask straps *and* glasses to boot.

    Promising review: "Amazed how well they work! I got them because my glasses were falling right off my face while wearing a mask and have always slipped whenever bending over. They don't budge now! I can feel the one on my left side slightly because I have three piercings and it pushes on one, but they are atypical piercings and I'm used to them causing issues with normal items such has headphones, hats, etc. They also fit my wide sunglasses, pleasantly surprised by that. I now don't have to wear contacts just because I'm going out and needing a mask... I can head bang with my glasses on now, LOL. Highly recommend!" —Celeata

    Get a set of 10 pairs from Amazon for $6.99 (available in three colors).

    13. Or a set of subtle glasses buttons for face masks so you can just use your glasses to your advantage, hooking elastic straps straight onto your frames instead of looping them around your aching ears.

    A model with a small black button installed on their glasses just beyond their ear that holds face mask straps in place
    Spec Hooks/Etsy

    Spec Hooks is a UK-based Etsy shop established in 2020 that specializes in ear-saving buttons for face masks.

    Promising review: "AWESOME!!! Solved my problem wearing hearing aids and glasses and the best part is how well made they are. They are not cheap flimsy handmade things with superglue holding a piece of elastic!!! Thank you, thank you, thank you!" —nemcarolina

    Get it Spec Hooks on Etsy for $12.92.

    14. A set of affordable, highly popular (seriously, these have over 130,000 positive reviews) wireless Bluetooth earbuds that won't get in the way of the preexisting glasses and face mask duo already occupying most of the real estate on your ears. The silicone tips are also specially designed not to cause soreness as a lil' perk.

    Reviewer image of two black earbuds next to their charging case

    These earbuds are also sweatproof and waterproof so you can use them during workouts or runs, and have a built-in mic so you can chat on the phone. They get six hours of playtime from a single charge, with a total of 30 hours with the included wireless charging case.

    Promising review: "They fit comfortably in my ears (an issue I’ve had with earphones in the past). I can take the car on a long trip and listen to my music or audiobooks wile my husband sleeps. They don’t get in the way of my glasses or (in today’s world) frequently taking my mask on and off." —Dorothy Horn

    Get it from Amazon $32.99 (available in five colors).

    15. Or a face mask-friendly baseball cap that also helps take your ears out of the equation, with cute little buttons installed to hook your face mask.

    Buttoned Up With Charm/Etsy

    Buttoned Up With Charm is a Texas-based Etsy shop established in 2020 that specializes in face mask hats and beanies as well as accessories.

    Promising review: "Tricia gives FANTASTIC personal service and speedy delivery from Buttoned Up With Charm! I have ordered caps and headbands with buttons (to hold masks) for my family, friends, and relatives. They are perfect solutions for people who have a lot going on behind the ears: glasses, hearing aids, sunglasses, cannula for oxygen, etc. Also some of us find it irritating to have something behind our ears or our ears do not make good mask holders. Wide range of colors and adjustable unisex fit. My favorite color is the light grey which they may be out of since I have ordered so many!" —Janet

    Get it from Buttoned Up With Charm on Etsy for $21 (available in nine colors; face mask not included).

    Psst — this shop offers ✨free shipping!

    16. And for the ponytail-wearing crew out there, a cute little button ear-saver you can use to alleviate the pressure if you wear your hair tied back.

    Eymbellish Designs/Etsy

    Eymbellish Designs is a Colorado-based Etsy shop established in 2015 that specializes in knit headbands and button ear savers.

    Promising review: "Ear savers arrived fast and are FANTASTIC quality. Bought one each for my mom and I because she wears glasses and get sore spots behind my ears from the straps. These are PERFECT for us and help us keep the mask itself in more stable positions and comfort. Thank you!!" —Sarah Schneider

    Get it from Eymbellish Designs on Etsy for $4.95 (available in dozens of colors and two sizes).

    Psst — a few little mask tips before you go!

    Three face masks hanging from Command hooks on the wall
    Emma Lord/BuzzFeed

    ✨If you're looking for a better fit, try these ear savers and mask adjusters from Amazon ($5.99 for a four-pack); I use them on masks where the elastic isn't quuuuite a perfect fit on my face.

    ✨ If your glasses are fogging up with a mask, people are swearing by this anti-fog spray on Amazon for $10.55.

    ✨ And if you're looking for a cute, convenient way to store your masks without installing anything permanent, try Command hooks! I've included a pic of my set up below; I just put them by the door so I can grab 'em on my way out. It's also really nice if I've washed a mask and I'm waiting for it to air dry. You can snag a pack of nine small hooks on Amazon for $11.99.

    If you're looking for even *more* mask recommendations, though, I've also assembled a MASSIVE list of the best places to buy face masks online, including faves like Aerie, Old Navy, and Target, as well as a ton of cute Etsy shops ❤️.

    Just remember — masks are not a substitute for social distancing! You should still maintain a minimum of 6 feet of distance between you and other people when possible, and continue washing your hands and avoiding touching your face. Stay safe!

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    You can also check out BuzzFeed's guides to face masks in solid colors, the prettiest face masks, and face mask problem products for more options.

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