For all you glasses (or sunglasses) wearers, you know the struggle that comes with donning both your face mask and your spectacles at the same time: Things can get real foggy. While super annoying, it’s also a super common issue—and by no means is it a reason to forgo masking up altogether (so don’t even go there).
But first, why do face masks cloud up glasses so much? According to ophthalmologist and president of Halodine, Jesse Pelletier, MD FACS, this happens because of condensation caused by our warm breaths.”With every exhalation, increased pressure between the mask and face pushes the mask outwards and creates perimeter leakage.” In layman’s terms, your breath is escaping through the top of your mask and causing condensation on your lens.
Aside from all the annoying fogginess, your breath escaping from your mask is a big no-no, considering that the purpose of a face mask is to protect others from any droplets that may escape when you talk, sneeze, or cough. So if your glasses are clouding up, then your face mask isn’t properly fitted.
But the good news is you can certainly find face masks that are better fitted for you, with more emphasis on leaving as little space between the upper rim of your mask and the bridge of your nose as possible. Dr. Pelletier recommends looking for ones with a conforming wire, like an N95 or KN95 respirator.
While there are a couple of other ways to alleviate foggy glasses from mask-wearing—such as wearing your specs further down on your nose or even using anti-fogging treatments on your lens (yes, those exist)—your best (and probably safest) bet is a mask with a firm wire that you can mold and shape closer to your face.
Add to that, your mask should have at least two layers of fabric for optimal protection against virus particles. But don’t just take my word for it: Rashid A. Chotani, MD, infectious disease and biodefense expert strongly advises this, because “any space between the face and mask is a potential opening for the virus to enter your breathing space.”
Keeping these expert tips in mind, here are some of the best face masks for glasses wearers that’ll help keep both the fogginess and virus particles at bay.
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This expert-approved mask
KN95 Face Mask (Pack of 20)
Experts agree that when it comes to your safety, these are some of the best masks of the bunch, especially for their solid seal nose adjuster that helps to prevent air from escaping. No air equals no fog. You’re welcome.
this top-rated one
Adjustable Face Mask for Glasses Wearers
These pleated masks have a long, pliable metal strip along the top to help close off crevices between your nose and glasses. Plus, plenty of glasses-wearing reviewers have given them a thumbs up.
Disposable Medical-Grade Face Mask (Pack of 50)
An adjustable metal nose clip, triple-layer protection, and full-coverage design. This one has it all.
These adjustable everyday masks
Everyday Non-Medical Masks (Pack of 5)
The adjustable ear loops and wired nose bridge on these bbs allow you to customize them for the perfect fit. Not to mention, the color options are just cute to boot.
These fuller-coverage masks
Kitenge African Print Cotton Face Masks
Handmade with fabrics from Uganda, these double-layered masks hit just below the eyes. The result? Your glasses get to rest on top of the fabric, forming a snugger fit and helping to kibosh that whole foggy glasses conundrum.
These breathable, dual-layered masks
Universal Adult Masks (Pack of 5)
This five-pack of pretty-hued masks offer a bendable nose wire and adjustable ear loops. Plus, they’re large enough to cover your entire lower face, from nose to chin. There’s even a pocket for an extra filter.
This adjustable cotton face mask
It has two layers of breathable cotton, comes in multiple sizes, and features a carbon filter. If that wasn’t enough, the internal nose wire and adjustable ear loops help you tailor the fit to your face. Oh, and you can choose from 16 fun shades!
These monochromatic face masks
Face Masks (Pack of 28)
If you’re tired of those standard, one-use blue surgical masks, then these colorful ones are a welcomed change. They’re medical-grade and have three protective layers. Plus, the hidden nose bridge helps keep the fit snug.
This lacy one
Lace Silk Mask
Woolford may be known for their tights, but they also make a pretty chic and upscale-looking face mask, too. The double-layered, poly-elastane covering features a mailable aluminum nose-wire that you can mold to help ensure a close fit around your nose and cheeks. Also how trés chic is that lace?
These hexagonal masks
Neutral Masks (Pack of 4)
The unique hexagonal shape creates a tent over the mouth and nose to not only keep germs out but also keep air from escaping and causing annoying fog. The mask also sits so high on the nose that your glasses can easily rest on top of it to secure your seal.
This stretchy, snug mask
Adult Face Mask
This stretchy knit mask conforms to your face, making gaps almost impossible. And the customizable metal nose piece gives it an added dose of security so your mask won’t slip. There’s also a pocket for a filter in case you want an extra layer of protection against virus particles.
This UVA and UVB ray-blocking mask
The New Wave
There are so many things I love about this mask: It’s fast-drying, antimicrobial, and temperature regulating. Plus, it has an Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF) of 50, meaning you can wear it out in the sun and be protected from the rays. But most importantly, the tightly woven, stretchy fabric lays flush against the skin to help limit gaps.
This adjustable denim one
Tie Dye denim Cotton Face Mask
Two-layered fabric, a beautiful pattern, and tons of reviews praising this product made this handmade mask a standout. But the option for cotton ties really clinched the deal, because that means we can personalize the fit.
this camo mask
Fitted Face Mask
While this cool pattern caught my attention first, it was the adjustable nose bridge and earloops that sold me. The price isn’t too bad either.
This power duo
Reusable 100% Cotton Cloth Face Masks (Pack of 2)
We love all things Honest Company, and these masks are definitely on that list. The pattern adds personality to what has become our latest everyday accessory, while bendable wire and adjustable silicone sliders on the earloops help keep virus particles out.
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