Major CPAP mask manufacturers like Resmed, Respironics and Fisher & Paykel attempt to design every mask they produce to be comfortable. Unfortunately, because everybody’s face is different, experts at The CPAP Shop know that some people can experience blisters caused by the fit their masks. But well-fitting masks can also cause sore spots and skin irritation.
The cushion which is typically made of silicon and helps seal the mask can be problematic for some people particularly for those whose skin is more sensitive than normal.
Skin irritation can arise from a mask seal that’s too tight. If you are tightening the mask too much in order to prevent leaks, it is possible the mask is altogether wrong for your face. If the mask is sitting normally but leaks still exist, it is possible the mask was not fitted properly to your facial size or structure.
Reasons a person might over-tighten his or her CPAP mask include: the cushions are old and worn out; the mask is too big for the person’s head/face; the mask is too small; and wearing the mask with an oily face, which can make it slide around. Naturally, mask manufacturers can’t control any of these variables, but you can.
It’s important to note here, if you are experiencing moderate to severe skin irritation from your CPAP mask, speak to your doctor or your CPAP equipment supplier. However, slight irritation can be treated with ointment and the constant cleaning of the CPAP mask cushion. There are also products including cushion liners such as RemZzz’s which will help alleviate any irritation. Obviously, the goal of CPAP therapy is a good night’s sleep. If a mask is causing irritation or soreness, achieving it will be difficult. Do not be afraid to ask questions or switch masks. Information is key and the more informed you are about your therapy, the better off you will be
But at the end of the day, if you have a CPAP mask that’s irritating your skin or causing soreness, replacing it is now easier than ever. With so many new masks and styles available, nobody should be stuck with a mask that is not meeting your needs. . The CPAP Shop has a full line of masks and other sleep apnea equipment from all of the most trusted manufacturers. If you have any questions about any of this equipment, don’t hesitate to call us at (866) 414-9700, or you can contact us through our website.