The best masks for glasses wearers (because foggy lenses aren't an option)

Korin Miller
·4 min read

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Your glasses will thank you. (Photo: Gap)
Your glasses will thank you. (Photo: Gap)

At this point in the pandemic, you probably have a mask for every occasion. There's your casual mask, your dressy mask, your everyday mask and some disposable ones to fill in the gaps. But what about the best mask for your glasses?

You're not the only one who is still looking for the white whale of face masks. Glasses fog is a real problem with masks and, if you can't see where you're going, that kind of defeats the whole purpose of wearing glasses. The best masks for glasses wearers are out there, though.

For what it's worth, glasses fog happens when warm air leaks out of the top of your mask. That causes condensation to form and fogs up your glasses. The solution is a mask with a better fit, particularly around the nose. Features like metal nose bridges and adjustable ear loops can be especially helpful for glasses wearers. 

Ready to banish glasses fog? Here are the best face masks for glasses wearers.

Conico Masks Anti-Fog Masks

These masks come in pretty prints. (Photo: Etsy)
These masks come in pretty prints. (Photo: Etsy)

The Conico masks are an Etsy bestseller. Why? Not only do they fit well, they won't fog your glasses. These masks have a similar fit to a KF94 mask—the Korean version of an N95—with a wide band around the middle for extra protection. Adjustable ear loops help you get that just-right fit. Choose between a range of pretty patterns or basic colors. "I am so happy, I can finally go out without my glasses fogging all the time!" a happy customer wrote in the reviews.

Shop it: Conico Masks Anti-Fog Masks, $12, etsy.com

Honeywell Dark Gray Dual Layer Face Cover

Amazon shoppers love these masks. (Photo: Amazon)
Amazon shoppers love these masks. (Photo: Amazon)

These masks feature a seamless 3D knit construction that provides four-way stretch to minimize gaps. The end result? Better protection. They also have adjustable ear loops and a nose clip to allow you to get that just-right fit. An internal filter pocket lets you ramp up the protection even more. "It’s honestly the best face mask I’ve ever tried!" a five-star reviewer wrote. "It’s heavy and durable. It doesn’t slip around your face, the nose piece stays in place and the adjustable ear straps make for a tight fit."

Shop it: Honeywell Dark Gray Dual Layer Face Cover, $22 (was $30), amazon.com

Gap Adult Contour Mask with Filter Pocket (3-Pack)

They're available in a slew of colors. (Photo: Gap)
They're available in a slew of colors. (Photo: Gap)

At $5 for a three-pack, it's hard to beat the price of these face masks. They have a bendable metal nose bridge and adjustable ear loops to help you get a perfect fit. A nice perk: The masks also have a filter pocket, making it easy to slide in a PM 2.5 filter for extra protection. "I've been searching for a snug mask. This one leaves no gaps at my nose or on the side," a five-star reviewer wrote.

Shop it: Gap Adult Contour Mask with Filter Pocket (3-Pack), $5, gap.com

DustandSugar Face Mask

These are specially designed for glasses wearers. (Photo: Etsy)
These are specially designed for glasses wearers. (Photo: Etsy)

DustandSugar's masks are handmade in Chicago, and specially created for glasses wearers.They're made of two layers of organic cotton, with an interior pocket for a disposable filter. Adjustable elastic ear loops help you achieve a tight fit. "I was beyond happy that I finally found a face mask that works great while wearing glasses!" a fan wrote in the reviews. "Love that I can mold it around my nose."

Shop it: DustandSugar Face Mask, $18, etsy.com

Athleta Activate Face Mask, 2 Pack

This set comes with a reusable ear strap extender. (Photo: Athleta)
This set comes with a reusable ear strap extender. (Photo: Athleta)

Athleta's activate face mask is crafted from poly span fabric with a soft cotton lining. It's quick drying (in case you want to work out in it) and has adjustable ear loops and a moldable fit around your nose. An ear strap extender helps protect your ears. Worth noting: Testing shows that these masks block 90.3 percent of particles. "These are the best masks! They are breathable and wash beautifully!" a five-star reviewer wrote.

Shop it: Athleta Activate Face Mask, 2 Pack, $15 (was $30), athleta.com

Powecom KN95 Face Mask, 10 Pack

These disposable masks help banish glasses fog. (Photo: Amazon)
These disposable masks help banish glasses fog. (Photo: Amazon)

Powecom's disposable KN95 masks have a three-dimensional design that makes it easier to breathe in for long periods of time. And, because they're KN95s (aka the Chinese version of an N95 mask), they're also ideal for higher-risk situations, like going to the grocery store. The masks also have elastic ear loops and a metal piece for a snug fit. "Finally I found what I am looking for," a happy wearer wrote in the reviews.

Shop it: Powecom KN95 Face Mask, 10 Pack, $12.50, amazon.com

The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.

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