• Site Supporter

suggestion for mask marks on face

This area is for CPAP Mask and CPAP Machine Related Questions used in the treatment of Sleep Apnea.

suggestion for mask marks on face

Postby lynn543 » Wed Jul 27, 2005 5:33 pm

if the mask leaves red marks on the face, it may help to rub skin cream into the face before putting the mask on, this may possibly react with the silicone rubber of the mask so perhaps ask about this
Posts: 1421
Joined: Sun Jul 17, 2005 8:29 pm
Location: australia

Postby lindas88 » Thu Jul 28, 2005 10:28 am

I was told not to put any cream or lotions on my face where the mask will be sitting. I do get a red mark on the top of my nose that some days takes a couple of hours to completely disappear. And it doesn't feel tight when it is on. Maybe it is something that you have to put up with when you have to use a cpap mask. :-?
*** Linda ***

User avatar
Posts: 164
Joined: Wed Jul 06, 2005 11:02 pm
Location: New Brunswick, Canada

Re: suggestion for mask marks on face

Postby Daniel » Sun Jul 31, 2005 9:05 am

lynn543 wrote:if the mask leaves red marks on the face, it may help to rub skin cream into the face before putting the mask on, this may possibly react with the silicone rubber of the mask so perhaps ask about this


Creams may have a detrimental effect on the silicone or gel on the mask which can then cause leaks.

Red marks on the face usually indicate that the mask is strapped on too tight and/or is a bad fit. This should be checked out with the supplier.

Posts: 6007
Joined: Sat Jun 25, 2005 5:49 am
Location: Ireland
Machine: Philips Respironics System One Auto
Mask: ResMed Micro Nasal Mask
Humidifier: No
Year Diagnosed: 1993

Postby lindas88 » Sun Jul 31, 2005 10:40 am

Daniel.....I have been fitted a few times and some mornings the red marks are bad and some they are not too bad. I have had a hard time finding a headgear to fit and this one I have...which is the smallest I could find....still doesn't quite fit right. Last night I tried setting it different on my head and this morning I woke up with not one mark...I tried setting it down farther on my face...usually I can't stand the feeling of the mask close to my top lip...but it did make a difference....so I think you're right and it just takes some adjusting to get things right....I also had my best night sleep last night since starting cpap. :-D
*** Linda ***

User avatar
Posts: 164
Joined: Wed Jul 06, 2005 11:02 pm
Location: New Brunswick, Canada

Postby Okie » Sun Jul 31, 2005 3:10 pm

I think about the only interface that absolutely leaves to marks or sore spots on the face is the Breeze with nasal pillows. I have used many masks over the past five years, but breeze is still my all time favorite (it isn't always popular with back sleepers however)
Posts: 1109
Joined: Thu Jun 16, 2005 8:46 am
Location: Oklahoma

Postby WebDiva » Sat Aug 06, 2005 2:34 am


One thing that the RT suggested to me on one of my follow-ups
was to make sure your face is really clean and free of oil. Use
an astringent like Sea Breeze or something similar on the parts
of the fact that will come in contact with the mask... but DO NOT
use it on the mask itself as it will break down the seal.

User avatar
Posts: 32
Joined: Thu Jul 28, 2005 2:02 am
Location: Kings Valley, Oregon

Postby mamamama » Wed Aug 10, 2005 8:14 am

I used my mask for the first time last night and I woke up with strap marks on my face. Now, they do not hurt. In fact, it was pretty loose on my face when I went to sleep. I am wondering if my face swelled during the night. I am hoping that they are not too visible. Don't want people to thing that I am weird or anything. I have tried to avoid people here at work this morning, so they do not ask questions.
Posts: 59
Joined: Tue Aug 02, 2005 3:03 pm
Location: Raleigh, NC

Postby KMP50 » Wed Feb 20, 2008 1:50 pm

I got a tip from a lady on a newsgroup -take silicone earplugs, roll them very thin and put them over the edges of the mask. It helps the seal and takes care of some of the leaks and won't damage the silicone in the mask. It's helped me a bit and I was really hurt from the edges of the masks.
User avatar
Posts: 36
Joined: Mon Feb 11, 2008 2:13 pm
Location: NJ


Postby SISTERWAYNE » Wed Feb 20, 2008 3:37 pm

Check out the Pad A Cheek website. Karen is the person who manages this website/business and my experience with her has been fantastic!!! Her help has made a big difference for me. She suffers from OSA and is very easy to work with. She will also respond very quickly if you email her and ask for her recommendations for help.

Inexpensive and well worth the visit to her website.
Posts: 114
Joined: Sat May 12, 2007 7:36 am

Postby rbailey » Wed Feb 27, 2008 3:23 pm

As a one-side sleeper, I first solved this problem by folding a tissue into a square and putting it between my cheek and the mask. I used the thicker tissues with lotion added. Now I'm using a satin sleep mask (used to cover eyes) with the elastic strap cut off to put between my cheek and the mask. I think I'll cut it in half so I can use one half for each side because sometimes I turn over and find a strap mark on the other cheek.
Posts: 3
Joined: Wed Feb 27, 2008 3:09 pm

Postby BARBCCRN » Thu Feb 28, 2008 2:37 am

I actually got a few different colored felt squares in crafts dept at Walmart and then added some velcro and made my own padding for mask straps for PENNIES!!!!!!
-Grateful Dead
User avatar
Posts: 1480
Joined: Tue Nov 15, 2005 5:54 pm
Location: Las Vegas,baby!

Re: suggestion for mask marks on face

Postby ferris1225 » Sat Apr 26, 2014 11:48 am

My husband used to get these marks, too. But he now uses CPAP Comfort Pads and they took care of the problem. The pads are triangular shaped "donuts" that are made of foam and some kind of gauze fabric. The foam side has adhesive strips that attach to his mask. The fabric side sits next to his face. He uses each pad for a couple of weeks and then puts on a new one. The pads have also stopped the "whistling" noises that he used to get when his mask would shift around on his face during the night. This noise used to wake me up too! If you're interested, he gets them at the CPAP Comfort Pads website. They've been a lifesaver!
Posts: 1
Joined: Sat Apr 26, 2014 11:30 am
Machine: Respironics/REMStar Auto/A-Flex
Mask: ResMed/Quattro Air
Humidifier: Yes
Year Diagnosed: 1990

  • Site Supporter

Return to CPAP Mask, Machine, & Monitoring Treatment Questions

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 0 guests

  • Site Supporter