Best CPAP Masks for Minimal Contact

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When it comes to CPAP therapy, users often complain of frustration with their equipment. In fact, research indicates that 30-50% of CPAP users are dissatisfied with their equipment and therapy.1 Approximately half of CPAP patients end therapy within 1-3 weeks citing mask discomfort.1

Other major mask complaints include the feeling of claustrophobia. Many manufacturers are stepping up to address these issues with innovative designs that are lightweight, reduce facial contact and improve the overall CPAP experience. 

Low Contact Nasal Pillow CPAP Masks

Nasal pillow masks like the ResMed AirFit P10 Nasal Pillow CPAP Mask are designed to be 50% lighter than other nasal pillow masks. In a recent clinical study, ResMed found that patients slept more than 40 minutes longer per night when using the ResMed AirFit P10 over leading nasal pillows masks.2 That’s almost 5 hours per week of additional sleep, helping to ensure patients stay compliant with their sleep therapy.

Other masks like the Philips Respironics DreamWear Gel Pillow CPAP Mask use a soft silicone frame to enhance comfort. Not only does the silicone material reduce the confined experience of other masks, but it also reduces facial irritation from mask contact. The DreamWear family of masks also offers a top-of-the-head tube connection, further reducing the feeling of claustrophobia.

Reduced Contact Nasal CPAP Masks

For those who prefer a nasal mask, the Philips Respironics DreamWear Nasal CPAP Mask with Headgear was specifically designed for minimal contact under the nose, thus reduces irritation and red marks around the nostrils. The soft silicone frame adds to the comfort providing a gentle touch against the skin while you sleep. Two-point headgear minimizes the number of connection points while still maintaining a stable fit.

For those experiencing heightened feelings of claustrophobia, the ResMed AirFit N30i Nasal Mask with Headgearfeatures a low contact, under-the-nose cushion which covers less of the face than most traditional nasal masks. Less mask bulk on your face means reduced feelings of confinement, so you can rest peacefully. 

Minimal Contact Full Face CPAP Masks

Because of their facial coverage, full face CPAP masks have been the most troublesome with users. Forehead pads and stability bars are enough to turn any user away, especially those that like to read or watch TV before bed. Yet for many, full face masks are necessary to their therapy. Manufacturers have found innovative ways to create a more comfortable full-face mask experience. 

The ResMed AirFit F30 Full Face CPAP Mask is designed to sit lower and cover less than other full-face masks. The design reduces the feelings of confinement as well as contact red marks around the face and nose bridge. One-size-fits-all headgear allows for easy adjustment for any user.

The Philips Respironics DreamWear Full Face CPAP Mask combines a lightweight and flexible silicone frame with an under-the-nose design. The result is a mask fit that is lighter, more comfortable and has limited facial contact. 

Still Have Questions About Minimal Contact CPAP Masks?

The CPAP Shop can help you select the best CPAP masks, machines and accessories that fit your needs. Our knowledgeable customer care team is here to help. Call 866-414-9700 or email today.


  1. Rotenberg BW, Murariu D, Pang KP. Trends in CPAP adherence over twenty years of data collection: a flattened curve. 2016;45:43. Accessed January 2020.
  2. ResMed Corporation. Introducing the AirFitTM P10, ResMed’s quietest CPAP mask yet. Accessed February 2020
Chris Vasta


Chris Vasta

Over a 10+ year career at PHH Mortgage managing a $100 million portfolio, Chris Vasta learned the ins and outs of the business world. He learned how to establish business relationships, lead a multi-prong team, and implement strategies for long-term growth. In 2007, Vasta used that experience to transition his role into president of The CPAP Shop. Over his tenure, Vasta has been involved in everything from website design to warehouse layout. His hands-on approach with customers has evolved into an in-depth understanding of the challenges of beginning and adhering to sleep therapy. He often provides his insights on product…

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  • MissLisa

    Looking for a strap for nasal that doesn’t strap under the eyes my eyes every morning are puffy maybe top of head and around the lower part of my face ??? Any suggestions

  • james refsnider

    I use a p30i full face mask because my mouth opens . But my problem is my face is always wet . I have a heated hose. How do I prevent my face from being wet all the time

  • Kari Schaefer

    I am in dire need of a nasal mask where the venting strictly comes out the bottom. The vented air is blowing into my eyes and is causing painful, burning, itching, and uncontrollable tearing. The air over time has even caused a cut at the side of my eyelid that won’t heal. It’s very painful. I’ve been wearing a bandana over my eyes which has been super helpful, but I don’t feel like this is a long term solution and even a safety hazard. Any suggestions?

  • Joe

    Could a chemical additive to the water in a CPAP machine be used to cure/prevent coronavirus? After all, coronavirus is a respiratory infection.

    • Chris Vasta

      Please do not add anything to the CPAP humidifier water, as this may be harmful. I would advise to only take medication as prescribed by a physician.

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