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    19 Products To Help Solve Face Mask Problems

    Everything you need to fix *takes a deep breath* fogged up glasses, maskne, weird-fitting masks, ear pain, overheating during workouts, and more.

    Hey there! By now you've seen the CDC's guidelines recommending people wear nonmedical face coverings in public (and know whether or not they're mandatory in your area).

    Two cartoon people wearing masks

    A few weeks ago, I chatted with experts on how to deal with summer mask problems like maskne, overheating, and working out in masks, and got some insight on the best kinds of masks + methods to combat them.

    Based on those recs + the reviews of people who have tried and tested them, here are some products to solve those and all of your other most annoying mask problems, from ear pain to glasses fog to proper sanitation:

    1. A 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.

    A reviewer image of a person wearing unfogged glasses with their face mask holding up the spray

    2. 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 helps make a more personalized fit on masks with elastic straps that don't *quite* fit your face.

    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

    3. Or a set of ear toggles to quickly adjust the ear loops on both elastic and non-elastic masks, fitting them more securely to your face.

    Two mask straps with the toggles on them making them smaller

    4. Or even a headband hybrid mask to not only minimize ear ache, but keep the sweat out of your eyes *and* make a fashion statement.

    A model in a black face mask attached with to button on a headband

    5. A two-layer white cotton face mask to help prevent that dreaded ~maskne~ we're all spending the summer grimacing at in the mirror.

    A BuzzFeed editor in a white cotton face mask

    6. Plus a jar of Aztec healing clay masks to calm your acne and skin, which can really come in handy if wearing face masks makes you break out.

    7. Or a set of popular acne patches to spot treat the worst of your maskne, and help reduce not just the redness and size of large spots, but also the pain.

    A reviewer image of an acne spot, then another of the patch, then an "after" pic of the same acne spot looking much less red and raised

    8. A chic, statement-making visor you can throw on to prevent face mask tan lines in the moments when your sunscreen might not be cutting it.

    A model in a black visor with a long bill that shades their face

    9. Or a wide-brimmed UV protective safari hat with mesh vents and a built-in moisture wicking sweatband for days when you want even more coverage (and are looking to break a sweat).

    A model in a khaki hat

    10. A set of affordable wireless Bluetooth earbuds to prevent the wires on your headphones from getting tangled in your mask straps every time you want to pull them off on a walk or a run.

    11. A set of soft, workout-friendly Reebok masks for anyone who has been trying to run in the summer heat or work out in the gym without feeling too stifled.

    12. A multilayer bamboo and cotton face mask, so you get the cooling properties of bamboo *and* the softness of cotton on your skin on days when you're worried about overheating.

    A model in a blue and navy floral mask

    13. A hands-free portable neck fan you can charge with a USB, because sometimes you're just not going to be able to avoid walking out in the heat in a face mask, and this is an easy way to stay cool.

    Models using the fan propped up on a desk, around their neck on a hike, and around their neck on a walk

    14. An anti-fog accessible face mask with a clear window to benefit the deaf and hard-of-hearing and ASL interpreters. This may also be a good solution for teachers of younger kids who rely on social cues like smiling and expression more than older kids who understand what the masks are in place for.

    A model in a blue face mask with a transparent window for their mouth

    15. A UV-light sanitizer to extend the life of disposable masks, and easily decontaminate your reusable ones in between machine mashings. This is intended for phones, but works for face masks, gloves, and other small items you touch on the reg.

    A white rectangular santizer with a phone in it

    16. A face mask freshening spray for the ones you've sanitized or put through the wash that may still have lingering sweat smells. TBH, these are also just soothing scents to have in your nose while you're running errands in a socially-distanced world in general.

    Spray bottles of Good Mood, Calm, Spear Mint, Sundew, and Lavender sprays

    17. A set of face mask storage clips you can use to keep your masks separate from the rest of your stuff while you're on the go — particularly handy if you end up swapping out face masks a lot during the day and need a place to stash them between sanitizing.

    18. A rustic face mask hanger you can mount right by the door, so you never walk out with that weird "what did I just forget??" feeling before turning right back around to get one.

    A wooden post that says "masks" in black and has four hooks for masks to hang from

    19. Or a set of tiny Command strips perfect for lightweight masks, and subtle enough that you can put it anywhere near the door without it getting in the way.

    A model putting up command strips on a wall

    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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