How is the surgical mask fitted to make it functional?





how do you put on the mask


You know how to put on the surgical mask correctly? With the arrival of covid-19, surgical masks have taken on a leading role in preventing the spread of the virus, but they are useless if they are not placed properly.

In this article we explain the proper way to put on a surgical respiratory protector as a method of preventing the spread of coronavirus. While it may seem like a very simple process, prolonged use of these respiratory protectors is challenging.

When you finish reading this article, you will know different ways to solve the most common problems of continuous use of face shields:


  • Foggy glasses.
  • Damaged ears.
  • Irritated nose
  • Unstable masks.


Read on and discover how to get the most out of this effective prevention and health care method.

There is a correct way to place it correctly, but several to make its use more efficient

Let's start by getting to know the three-layer surgical masks: Did you know that they are much more effective than cloth masks and cheaper than FFP2 and FFP3? If you want to know more about its benefits, we invite you to read our comparative article.

Three-layer surgical masks have five main elements:


  • Outer layer: protects the filter from the outside.
  • 53 gram TNT - Filters up to 99,7% of germs and bacteria.
  • Inner layer: avoid contact of your skin with the filter.
  • Wire: Fit the mask to your nose.
  • Elastic: holds the mask in your ears and keeps it fixed on your face.



How to correctly place the mask so that the glasses do not fog up


  1. Wash your hands with soap or use hydroalcoholic gel to disinfect them.

  2. Take the mask holding it by the elastic bands and look at it against the light to confirm that it is in good condition, paying special attention to identifying any holes or tears.

  3. Gently pull on the elastics to make sure they are tight and resistant.

  4. With the inside of the mask facing your face, wrap the rubber bands around your ears. You can fix the one on one side first and then the other one or both ears at the same time.

  5. Make sure the mask completely covers the nose and mouth.

  6. When the mask is properly fitted, adjust the wire over your nose. Press gently to reduce the space between the fabric and your skin.




how do you put on the mask


A surgical mask is effective in preventing COVID-19 infection as long as it is placed correctly. #MasksBejar

The three-layer surgical masks they have a wear time of six to eight hours. In addition to tips on how to position them, the World Health Organization recommends following these steps to remove them:


  1. Wash your hands with soap or hydroalcoholic gel before removing the mask. 
  2. Gently grasp the elastics behind your ears, keeping the mask away from your face and clothing. 
  3. Put it in a container immediately after removing it.
  4. Do not reuse the mask.
  5. Wash your hands again with soap or hydroalcoholic gel.
  6. Replace the mask if it gets wet, tears, or becomes damp.
  7. The masks are for personal use and cannot be shared. 


The use of masks is not a substitute for hand washing or social distancing. The joint use of these three tools is the most effective way to avoid contagion by covid-19.

Now let's talk about the four most common problems that accompany long-term use of surgical masks and how to avoid them. If you want to know what are the benefits of using surgical masks made in Spain, we invite you to read this article.

How to put on the surgical mask so that the glasses do not mist

Have you tried reading with foggy glasses? Cook? Drive? Impossible! No one can or wants to live with foggy glasses. It is very uncomfortable!

However, it is one of the most common problems that people with glasses face when wearing surgical masks.

We go in parts to understand the problem and give you a solution. When you breathe, you release carbon dioxide with a temperature that your body heat has raised; When it comes into contact with the lenses of your glasses, the water vapor condenses and causes fog.

It is a problem that you know very well if you have tried to enjoy a cup of coffee with your glasses on, but why do the glasses fog up with the use of masks? Because the air comes out through the space between your face and the mask fabric and rises towards your glasses. 



how do you put on the mask


Solutions to this problem:

1. Use wire-top masks 

This wire allows you to adjust the mask to the contour of your nose. This will reduce the space between your skin and the fabric and prevent your glasses from fogging up. Our surgical masks Three-ply tubes feature a plastic spooled wire with a 24 gauge plastic sheath for added protection.

2. Put on the mask first and then the glasses

When you reverse the process and put on your glasses first, the surgical mask is above your lenses: this causes them to fog up inside and out, as well as providing an entry space for external risk factors.

First place the mask following the instructions that we have previously shared and then put on your glasses. If possible, make sure they press against the fabric of the mask to prevent air from escaping and fogging up. 

3. Apply a special liquid to your glasses anti-fog

Surely you have found different home remedies online to prevent your glasses from fogging up. Most of these tips consist of rubbing different items on your glasses, like soap or a potato. The problem with these remedies is that they can damage your glasses.

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In case you want to create a protective layer for your glasses, there are special products on the market for that. Avoid rubbing any substance that could scratch the lenses or alter the film of your glasses.

Learn how to put on the surgical mask so that it does not damage your ears

Wearing a surgical mask for a short time may not be challenging, but what about when you have to wear it for a long time? One of the most common ailments is ending up with sore and irritated ears. 

There are models of surgical masks with elastics that surround the head and that completely eliminate the problem of pain in the ears. However, Surgical masks with bands that fit behind the ears provide the best support and stability. 

By having two support points, the elastics keep the mask fixed, thus guaranteeing the protection of the nose and mouth. So how do you avoid suffering from pain and irritation? These are our tips: 

1. Use masks with soft elastics

Search surgical masks that have elastics made with cotton-lycra, which is one of the softest materials on the market; This will considerably reduce irritation and pressure in that area.

2. Pre-moisten the skin of your ears

Prior to applying the mask, use a moisturizing cream, especially in the area of ​​contact of the elastic with your skin. In this way you prepare your skin and reduce friction. If during the day you feel discomfort or pain, you can carefully reapply the cream without removing the mask.

3. Wear a headband

If you use surgical masks with hard or rough elastics, you can put on a headband and tie the elastics on it; in this way, you will avoid touching the skin of your ears. It may be necessary to tie a small knot in the elastics to secure the fit to your face.

Does it rub your nose? we tell you how to avoid it

Prolonged use of surgical masks can cause friction at the points of contact with your skin: when you speak, when moving your head, when gesturing ... when making any movement you cause friction of the mask with your skin. It can be avoided? Read on and we'll tell you how.


how do you put on the mask

Our next advice is based on the care and remedies that medical personnel use with the use of surgical masks. Health workers wear protective equipment many hours a day; How do they protect their skin?

First of all, make sure your skin is clean before putting on the chinstrap. It is important that you hydrate your skin and that, in case of applying any cream, you do it half an hour before the surgical masks are placed. 

In case of irritation or dermatitis, it is important that you consult a dermatologist about the proper care. Avoid any type of home remedy that can aggravate the situation.

Regarding makeup, experts recommend not using makeup while wearing surgical mouth covers. However, the use of sunscreen is still essential. 

How do I put on the surgical mask so that it does not slip?

Surgical masks must be designed to stay in place after donning. However, different factors can cause them to move or slip. If you have trouble fixing your mouth guards, we have these tips for you.

1. Look for mouth covers with firm and soft elastics

Elastics are a fundamental part of surgical mouth covers; they are as important as the layers and the filter. Its main function is to fix the surgical masks to your face. A constantly moving mask loses its effectiveness.

2. Adjust the size of the elastics

Masks with cotton-lycra elastics easily adapt to almost any face. However, when the size of the elastics is not suitable for you, you will have to adapt it so that they have a better fixation. 

You can tie a little knot to the elastics. The problem is that it can hurt your skin by generating greater pressure at the point of contact. Ideally, you shouldn't have to manipulate the surgical mask at all because its effectiveness is compromised. 

3. Use paper tape to fix them

The main function of the upper wire of the surgical mouth covers is to fix them and reduce the space between your skin and the tissue. When this wire fails to fix the surgical mask, you can use paper tape to stick it to your skin. 

It is very important that it be paper tape and not another type, because it is the only one that will not harm your skin. You should also make sure you are not allergic or sensitive to the glue on the tape; otherwise, you will cause a greater evil. 


!! Congratulations!! You are now ready to apply the surgical mouth cover effectively. 

Remember to avoid any alteration of the surgical mask and all kinds of home remedies. 

En Bejar Masks We offer you surgical masks with the highest quality: we have the Aitex Certificate and we comply with the UNE-EN14683: 2019 + AC standard.

Each of our surgical masks features a 53 gram layer of TNT that filters out up to 99,7% of germs and bacteria.

The elastic of our surgical masks is cotton-lycra. They are soft on your ears and firm when fixing the mask to your face.

visit our site to learn more about our surgical masks. We have home delivery. 

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