When this happened to me I would have to get up in the middle of the night and wash my face. Oil on the skin was causing the leaks.
That's when I decided to switch to nasal pillows and never looked back.
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Usually I will wake up once a night to go to the bathroom and I just remove my chinstrap, "re-seat" the pillows and put the chinstrap on again. Makes my leaks much better.
I agree. wash face and/or use a spare cushion so you can wash the other one just in case that was part of the problem. sometimes things just go bump in the night (and sometimes in the day)
Just from having "adjusted" other, similar things (diving helmets, combat helmets, wrestling headgear etc.) I would also suggest the following:
You may have become used to the "fit" and then are trying to OVER-TIGHTEN to make it feel just as tight as at the beginning or to make (1 of) the two mask feel like the other.
Over-tightening can be as problematic as under-tightening.
Another possibility is that you may have gotten (1 of) the mask out of adjustment (left/right, top/bottom, etc) from the perfect fit you worked to accomplish in the beginning.
If you have tried all the ideas about washing your face and the mask then perhaps a round of daytime (when you are sharp and not in a hurry) re-adjustment and testing is in order.
Another trick I heard was to cut a circle of t-shirt material from an old t-shirt, then cut and CROSS in the interior for you mouth and/or nose (and trim out this area. Put the t-shirt on the mask and the whole thing on your face.
I have no idea if that is BS or not, since I didn't try it but if you are desperate....
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Once you have the headgear adjusted just as you like it, use a Sharpie to "mark" the headgear where the Velcro attaches to the headgear. Do that on both the top & bottom straps. Then, if you remove the headgear for cleaning, you will know exactly how much to tighten the headgear.
Yes, after time, the headgear does stretch & you will probably have to re-mark it.
But, it sure saves having to "adjust" the headgear every night.
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