HELP! Marks From CPAP Straps!

By Avera Latest Activity October 11, 2009 at 11:15 pm Views 8,454 Replies 11


I use a full face mask. I've tried everything on the market and NOTHING keeps me from having them each morning- some days worse than others. Regardless, when I do have them when I wake up, it takes hours for them to go away.

YES! My mask is adjusted properly.

I sure would love some suggestions on what you do to both keep from getting them AND how to make them go away quicker.

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  • katy renee
    katy renee November 19, 2015 at 9:07 am   

    I absolutely understand your dilemna concerning getting marks or indentations while wearing cpap mask. I also get them, I have to use the full face mask since I sleep sometimes with my mouth open! Also I have noticed fine lines and wrinkles forming exactly where the cpac mask and straps contact my skin! Help! It's bad enough that I have to wear the cumbersome dang thing, not to mention the dumb cord that gets wrapped around me at night! Anyway, I may have come up with a solution. is a company that makes pads to wear under the cpap mask to protect face. I am going to order the mask pads and also the cheek pads for the straps but I am going to go one step further and layer them both with 100% silk fabric. Since reading claims regarding silk pillowcases helping to protect side sleepers from getting lines and wrinkles, I thought why not use the same philosophy and incorporate that for cpap comfort. I will post an update, along with a picture at a later date to see if this actually works.

  • sleepyme
    sleepyme October 23, 2009 at 2:08 pm   

    I haven't been fitted with a mask yet, but I am learning so much from you all. I like the soft strap and very warm water on the marks suggestions. I cannot imagine having to keep buying masks and equipment to finally find the right one. It would be great to get the right one first, but it doesn't sound like a reasonable expectation.

  • Tracy
    Tracy October 17, 2009 at 12:23 pm   

    I think mask strap marks are inevitable but they can be made worse if we overtighten the straps. My morning routine includes washing my face and holding the VERY WARM wash cloth over the strap marks…almost like you might use moist heat pack on an injury. I hold the cloth in place for a few minutes and keep rewarming the wash cloth to repeat. It usually works to greatly reduce any marks.

    ResMed now offers Soft Wraps which very nicely cover the straps that lay across the face. This relieves imbedded strap marks and makes for a more comfortable experience. Some of their new masks come packaged with the soft wraps but you can also order the soft wraps by themselves.

    I am not sure if they fit well on other brands but they work great on ResMed mask products.

    Good Sleep!

  • lipsie
    lipsie October 23, 2009 at 5:05 pm   

    There is some good advice here. I have often wondered the same thing…thanks…though I lost keeping my C-pap. :-( I could not get used to it enough, in their alloted time here in New York. Had one before but it broke on my move to NY from the South. Any suggestions??? Sheila

  • kiwi - 1878
    kiwi - 1878 October 14, 2009 at 10:37 am   

    Amen Sister - I want to know as well. I saw that there is a new mask that is held in place by a mouth guard instead of straps but my doctor will not approve it for use. He says they don't work - don't provide a good seal. Oh well, ya'll let me know if you find a solution.

  • Avera
    Avera October 14, 2009 at 10:35 pm   

    Hi kiwi,

    Not getting much response. Guess this means that others are having the very same problems that we are. Last night I surfed the web and did not find any solutions that I have not tried.

    I also heard about the mask that you mentioned. I haven't talked to my doctor about it.

    One thing that I did notice is that there is a mask that really covers the entire face. It looks to be large enough that the straps would never touch your face but just your head/hair. I'm going to mention this mask to my doctor. I'd like to try it and see if it works.

    I just wish we could try the things without having to actually buy them. It is always awful to purchase something that does not work. I don't have all the extra money to keep trying new kinds of masks.

  • Beepath
    Beepath October 15, 2009 at 3:50 am   

    Hello Kiwi and Avera. I know what you mean about being better prepared and knowledgeable about what actually works or doesn't work. I had to do some searching but I found a company that would send a rep out and let me try on various masks. I wouldn't attach them entirely but would put them close enough so that I could make a decision. Also, the marks that were left on my face was bothering me but I found that eventually the strap will stretch that few fractions of an inch needed not to leave "welts." Hope this helps.

  • Avera
    Avera October 15, 2009 at 11:00 pm   


    Thanks for the information. I'm going to call a few local medical supply companies and see if I can schedule someone to help me find a better mask. I would never have thought of this except for YOUR suggestion. Thanks again!

  • lipsie
    lipsie October 23, 2009 at 5:07 pm   

    Don't give up Avera, you will find something! Your bound to! Hugs! Sheila

  • dapperdan
    dapperdan October 28, 2009 at 10:42 am   

    My sleep professional (DMD) made a custom fitted oral device like a mouth guard that holds the nose pillows in place. It seals very well. It is fully adjustable and NO STRAPS. It only took a few nights to become used to it and it works very well. During the day I place it in a denture solution for cleaning. He did a sleep study recently and at a CPAP setting of 9, I had zero apnea's. I use an auto CPAP at home. The only setbacks are if someone asks you something, you cannot talk and have to remove the device if you want to say something. You also have to keep a small towel on your pillow if you salivate much.

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