Can't keep mask in place / mask causes breakout
By May 11, 2011 at 1:08 am 10,156 11 2
Hi everyone - I was diagnosed this past Feb. So far I've tried:
1) ResMed Swift LT for Her : nasal pillow
2) Fisher & Paykel Zest Nasal mask (standard)
3) Resmed Swift Fx ; nasal pillow
4) Fisher & Paykel Zest Nasal mask (gel) — I may have this wrong.
I have a hard time keeping my mask in place. My husband says I toss and turn a lot. The respiratory therapist tells me to put a pillow next to me so that I won't roll over. I've been unsuccessful trying to explain that I'm more active than that. I'm a side sleeper but am told I tend to flip to my stomach when I'm tossing and turning. I would think that this is when I'm dislodging the mask. It's VERY frustrating when your RT doesn't "get it."
Also, my skin tends to be oily. Even when I washed my face right before bedtime, I have broken out with both of the nasal masks. With the first nasal mask, I ended up with two deep, painful acne breakouts on either side of my nose. If I have a pimple, it usually involves one skin pore (I hope that makes sense). The mask is causing all of my pores within a 1/4" area to become infected, leaving the area noticeably inflamed.
With the 2nd nasal mask, which I'm currently trying out, I've learned about placing a thin piece of cotton material between the mask and my skin. With my nighttime movement, I knocked the mask out of place. The material shifted and now on one side of my face by my nose, I have a very inflamed, deep acne infection. It took over a month for my skin to clear up after the first nasal mask since the infection was quite deep. Now I'm in the same boat again. At least it's only on one side.
My husband fought with different masks for 3 years & finally was fitted for the oral appliance that moves his lower jaw forward. He claims he feels so much better now, even compared to when he has a good CPAP night. My sleep dr. has basically told my RT to keep trying different masks.
Has anyone has problems with keeping their mask in place? If you've conquered the migrating mask, how did you do it?