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How to check to see if your mask fits your face

Posted: 12 August 2020 1:45 pm


Finding the perfect size is essential when it comes to shopping for a face mask.

When buying a face mask, there are a few things you're going to want to consider.

Besides the obvious factors like price and material, finding the perfect size is also critical. Why? Because it can directly affect how well your mask is going to work.

According to the Department of Health and Human Services Victoria, a well-fitted mask will protect you best.

"If the ties are loose, tighten them to ensure a snug fit. The mask should fit snugly and cover your nose and mouth. Keep an eye on the integrity of the fabric as it may thin over time with repeated washing. If this happens, replace the mask."

The mask should stay in place without you needing to hold it up or adjust it every five seconds. There should also be no large gaps between the mask and your face, as air will travel around the mask when you breathe, instead of through it.

Unfortunately, face masks are not a one-size-fits-all approach. With most mask shopping being done online (and there usually being a no returns policy), it's essential that you take the time to find the perfect size.

To get around this issue, we recommend looking into adjustable face masks. It's one of the best ways to achieve your perfect fit, as you can tighten or loosen the ear loops as needed. You can check out our buying guide on adjustable face masks.

Alternatively, you can keep on scrolling to see a list of online retailers that sell different sized face masks.

Where to buy small face masks

For more, you can check out our guide on face masks for kids.

Where to buy medium face masks

Where to buy large face masks

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Want more help with masks? Check out our overview of face masks, how to choose the best one, what doctors recommend when using them, the rules that apply in Australia and our regularly-updated guide on where to buy masks.

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