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My Skincare Routine to Ensure a Good CPAP Mask Seal

Since I started using a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine to treat my severe obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) 7 years ago, I've come a long way when it comes to caring for my masks. For example, soon after I got my first machine, I took a job on a cruise ship for 6 months. Needless to say, washing my CPAP mask was the last thing on my mind. Looking back now, I cringe at the thought of putting a dirty CPAP mask on my face. And, I've also learned that a skincare routine ensures a good mask seal.

Ensuring a good CPAP mask seal

However, since getting a new machine, my number 1 concern with my CPAP mask is the seal. As an advocate for my own health, this is what I have done to try to get the best seal and prevent leaks every night:

  • Tried different masks
  • Requested adjustments to pressure settings
  • Attached a CPAP hose support to the wall to keep the hose above my head (it also helps with mask seal)

Additionally, this is what I do on a regular basis:

  • Replace my nasal cushion every 3-5 months (as per my supplier)
  • Wash the nasal cushion with soap and water every other day
  • Clean the mask, headgear and hose once a week
  • Prepare my skin properly before putting the mask on

My skincare routine for CPAP mask seal

I've definitely noticed a difference in the seal when I don't prepare my skin properly. That is why I made a brief video of how I prepare my skin before I even put on my mask at night. I've found this method to be the best so far in reducing mask leaks.

My skincare video

Of course, I know a lot of CPAP users might be fine without any skincare products at all. However, rosacea skin like mine needs skincare to manage the redness and irritation.

In conclusion, if you're struggling with mask leaks, it might be worth it to take a look at your nightly skincare routine.

Do you practice a regular skincare routine for a better CPAP mask seal? Please share a comment.

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