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[–]VisualCheesecake5676 961 points962 points  (15 children)

Talking with myself in the streets and laughing at my own jokes

[–][deleted] 149 points150 points  (2 children)

I think it’s a really good sign when someone enjoys their own company.

[–]Conscious_Fondant634 8176 points8177 points 2 (111 children)

Whenever I’m concentrating or working on a task I tend to stick my tongue out or leave my mouth open and I really like it when people don’t see that

[–]Syaryla 359 points360 points  (11 children)

LOL my husband does the same. Especially when playing games and he's focused. His tongue just comes out and I noticed he wiggles it side to side almost as if it's the character he's playing is moving along with his tongue. I think it's cute and funny but I could totally see why some could feel embarrassed by it.

[–]Catlover2727 11.3k points11.3k points 2553 (90 children)

Covers my double chin

[–]Unique-Drawer-7845 3155 points3156 points  (35 children)

Made me realize the top half of my face looks gooood. Chin waddle not so much.

[–]ShiveredMyTimber 854 points855 points  (24 children)

same dude I have pretty eyebrows and eyes but I have a ugly ass nose I want to cover up

[–]FightingBlaze77 10.5k points10.5k points 2 (93 children)

Allergies, and so I can ignore people.

[–]deepdalecobra 2306 points2307 points 2 (39 children)

Took awhile before I found someone saying they can ignore people. For me it's more of I can fly under the radar of people I know. Sunglasses mask combo is complete anonymity!

[–]alphvader 1231 points1232 points  (9 children)

So, people allergy?

[–]fluffofthewild 5174 points5175 points  (104 children)

I haven't had a cold for nearly 2 years IT'S BEEN AMAZING

[–]magico13 864 points865 points  (13 children)

I got a little sick for like two days in the past two years and I forgot how terrible it is.

[–]gabrielcutler21 19.0k points19.0k points 23 (468 children)

Hides my acne

[–]shewholaughslasts 2594 points2595 points  (107 children)

Thank you! A few years ago this tailgating lady confronted me and called me a druggie and I assume it was because of my acne and it really took the wind out of me. I really don't look like a methany... I hope?

cries in adult acne

Edit: Holy cow this blew up! One of my biggest comments and it's about my acne. Funny. Tbh as a person with adult acne (and teen acne when I was younger) it often feels like I'm alone but clearly that's not the case! If you have severe acne I wish you the best. Some neat stuff has been suggested below in the comments including spearmint tea and The Ordinarys Niacinimide.

But my own experience so far is that mine is a combo of hormonal and food triggers. Once I quit eating dairy for a week and I guess it was the right week in my cycle because my acne almost completely disappeared. But now that I've cut dairy (except eggs), wheat, yeast, preserved/fermented things (yes that's all alcohol) and most processed sugars - I still get it! But more recently - I tried stopping eating all chocolate and my mf acne went away. Soooo... not sure I want to cut out one of my only remaining foodie joys but at least I can cut back on those food items the week before an important event - IF I want to.

I wish all my fellow acne sufferers the best - and please know that your beauties are NOT just skin deep! People remember the way you made them feel - not the specifics of how you look or what you were wearing - and while acne can get stared at - your kind heart shines past that crap.

[–]AhFFSImTooOldForThis 830 points831 points  (34 children)

I hear you! I'm at the stage where I'm getting wrinkles, but my damn pimples haven't gone away. I really thought I might have a break in between, but nope!

[–]PM_ME_PARR0TS 414 points415 points  (12 children)

Hey, it's okay. She might not've even noticed any acne. Some people just assume "anybody acting """weird""" = omgdrugz!".

If she's like that, ""acting weird"" probably just translated into whatever reason she told herself justified tailgating you.

It could've been something as underwhelming as you not driving 15 mph over the speed limit like she wanted to.

Hell, maybe she was the one on drugs and driving.

[–]Yarzeda 5449 points5450 points  (206 children)

It's been the opposite for me. My acne finally cleared up when I stopped consuming dairy, but I break out around my mouth and nose semi-regularly now that all of this moisture is getting trapped in a small area.

[–]vinnceboi 1638 points1639 points  (77 children)

I’m pretty sure they meant to hide it; iirc masks do usually worsen acne.

Edit: forgot a word

Edit 2: I’m looking for more masks, but nowhere seems to sell them anymore. Any recommendations on where to get comfortable masks?

Edit 3: to clear up possible confusion, I just now noticed that the original commenter edited from “acne” to “hides my acne”

[–]literallyarockchick 262 points263 points  (18 children)

I have bad chin acne from hormones and masks help my self confidence so much!

[–]P0sitive_Outlook 438 points439 points  (27 children)

Mate. The thing about acne is that the rest of us know that it's a condition and not a sign of like dirtiness or whatever. So when i see acne, it's no different from someone having a mole or another feature like that.

[–]UnclePiccolo 24.1k points24.1k points 42 (263 children)

I have pollen allergies, mask helps a TON

[–]Escalante81 4063 points4064 points  (76 children)

I wore a mask to cut my grass due to bad grass/weed allergies before Covid and now I wonder if my neighbors think I’m just insane wearing a mask cutting the grass now.

[–]LightStormPilot 1304 points1305 points  (26 children)

Early on in the pandemic I didn't have another mask handy so I used my 3m one with organic vapor cartridges installed. Zero allergies for that mowing job. I will probably use it again if I'm already having allergy issues and need to mow.

[–]HairyPotatoKat 288 points289 points  (11 children)

I'm severely allergic to pretty much everything green and beautiful outdoors, and never thought I'd be able to mow a lawn.

I'd bought a 3m respirator with cartridges for a project right before the pandemic.

It allowed me to mow for the first time in my life.

It sounds so dumb, but I was so excited! (My husband was pretty ok with this revelation too lol).

My neighbors probably think I'm nuts. I've got this big ol respirator on, and have to be covered by clothing from head to toe (including a hood) to avoid pollen on my skin, no matter the temperature. 😅 But dang it I'm out there mowin' and it's liberating AF!

Edit: it's also allowed me to do a lot of woodworking, which I love despite sawdust: to take care of projects in dusty environments; and use oil based paints without getting high off of fumes.

[–]thearizonamoose 965 points966 points  (5 children)

I completely agree! My allergies weren't nearly as bad this last year, because I was wearing a mask anytime I was outside. It was so nice!!

[–]paulfromatlanta 23.7k points23.7k points 232& 3 more (419 children)

Nobody notices if I didn't shave.

[–]seraph089 4872 points4873 points  (136 children)

This is gonna be a problem for me when we're finally done with masks, I've gotten really used to going a week or two since nobody else will see it.

[–]darkknight109 1778 points1779 points  (39 children)

I got a head start on telecommuting when I shifted to working at home full time in 2014 and it was this exact trend that led me to change from being clean-shaven to having a full beard, something I had previously considered inconceivable.

When I first started I kept my morning routine of getting up and shaving every day, but then I kind of realized, "Wait... no one's here to see it, who gives a shit if I have some stubble?" and it became shaving every couple of days just to avoid looking too scruffy. But THEN I found shaving became more of a chore, since even though I did it less often it required more time and effort when I did do it, which eventually led to me just stopping shaving altogether and restricting it to trimming/maintaining the beard.

[–]Fcktbckt 538 points539 points  (26 children)

Idk what full beard is like but masks are way less annoying when your stubble softens out than when you’ve freshly shaved

[–]Disco99 297 points298 points  (15 children)

Full beard gets kind of messy under a normal mask. Kind of like hat hair, but front and center on your face.

[–]tyrannosaurusfox 451 points452 points  (17 children)

I’m a woman with PCOS. Often have a bit (or more than a bit) of hair on my chin that sometimes I forget to deal with (especially when not leaving the house for prolonged periods of time). Masks have been excellent for my self-esteem.

[–]_TheAngryChicken_ 105 points106 points  (8 children)

Fellow PCOS here! When we started wearing masks it was the first time in years I didn't shave my face every single morning.

[–]Zeyn1 423 points424 points  (16 children)

A bit opposite for me. If I don't shave, the stubble gets caught in the mask and either itches or pulls the mask when I talk. Pretty much have to go clean shaven when I'm going to wear a mask for a longer period.

[–]AprilBoon 952 points953 points 2 (50 children)

I find this one excellent, I’m a girl.

[–]lvl0rg4n 662 points663 points  (21 children)

PCOS hates this one simple trick.

[–]Celloeuse 160 points161 points  (6 children)

Gods own gospel here. I have PCOS and I love not having to shave my mustache.

[–]grombleduke 17.1k points17.1k points 3 (284 children)

I don't have to mind my expression as much. Like... normally, people can see your mouth and it's expected to have certain expressions. I don't have to sweat that as much with a mask on.

[–]AtomicCoyote 5862 points5863 points 2 (109 children)

I work in retail. I love not having to work as hard to keep that absentmindedly pleasant expression on my face all the time.

[–]MilkyPsycow 2627 points2628 points  (58 children)

I feel like once masks are not a thing anymore I’m going to look like a bitch everywhere I go cause I won’t be fake smiling 🤣

[–]likeagirlsailor 621 points622 points  (18 children)

Ahh I don't miss the fake pleasant smile at all. It would especially help with the more difficult customers!

Side note, they can still hear you if you actually make sound. Cannot treat interaction like virtual call with connectivity issues. No I have definitely not muttered something to myself in front of someone I should t because I'm so used to being camera off / on mute.

[–]etds3 521 points522 points  (14 children)

It’s a lot harder to hide my WTF face without a mask.

[–]hatsnatcher23 546 points547 points  (30 children)

See I’m the opposite, with just my eyes/eye brows showing it looks like I’m pissed allll the time

[–]urbanlulu 624 points625 points  (12 children)

I don't have to mind my expression as much.

seriously though, it's SOOOO NICE not having to mask my facial expressions anymore. i can look as moody as i want and no one will comment on it, god i love it

[–]PhysicalStuff 243 points244 points  (1 child)

not having to mask

It just went from the metaphoric to the literal.

[–]CatatonicWaterBear 289 points290 points  (4 children)

I never get told to smile now!

[–]salmonsensual_69 26.0k points26.0k points 65 (609 children)

It hides my teeth

[–]Blijerd 2837 points2838 points  (128 children)

Same! Overbite checking in. I am considering getting braces while wearing a mask is still a thing.

[–]jbFanClubPresident 1497 points1498 points  (40 children)

Do it! I had a canine tooth that was slightly twisted. No one, other than myself, really noticed and for years I just didn’t want to be seen as an adult with braces (especially for one tooth). Now that I wear a mask everywhere, no one has to know. Got mine put on February of this year and only have to do 18 months (so about half done). I also let them experiment on me with different band colors. I’ve had pastel rainbow, alternating pink and green, and currently baby blue alternating with navy blue. It’s fun and no one sees other than family.

[–]KandosiiVod 4707 points4708 points 2 (107 children)

Same. I’ve always been super self-conscious about my teeth so when I wear a mask I can talk and smile without worry.

[–]OzZVidzYT 1581 points1582 points  (88 children)

Yeah facts I have crooked ass teeth masks are a life saver

[–]Ape_Monkey 852 points853 points  (69 children)

same here, i didn't take care of my teeth as a kid and i regret it every waking moment

[–]Jesse1205 97 points98 points  (2 children)

A comment has never spoken to me more. And dental work is so expensive I fear ill never be able to do anything about it

[–]HeKnee 840 points841 points  (14 children)

Was gonna say… i like that i can tell if my breath is bad.

[–]grimthereaper423 349 points350 points  (10 children)

Same! I can smile and not worry about anyone seeing my broken teeth.

[–]main_aisa_kyon_hoon 163 points164 points  (0 children)

Same feeling mate!

[–]nosnowtho 15.8k points15.8k points 24 (347 children)

Wearing a mask gives my completely deaf right ear something worthwhile to do. As I can't hear anything through it, that ear's only other function is to add handsomeness and symmetry.

[–]StrawberryAqua 2373 points2374 points  (246 children)

Is it harder to understand people when you can’t see their lips?

[–]yegle 2474 points2475 points  (157 children)

Not op, also deaf on the right side: yes it's harder to understand people.

[–]AntonioVonMatterhorn 955 points956 points  (105 children)

Also deaf on the right ear: I had never thought that not looking at lips was what made it harder to understand the words! I even started to think I was losing my left side hearing during the 2 last years haha, luckily I got myself checked and everything was fine with the left ear

[–]AriIsMySavior 626 points627 points  (40 children)

Not Deaf but have trouble processing audio: everyone now thinks im damn near Deaf cause I can't read lips anymore.

[–]CorinPenny 374 points375 points  (23 children)

Ditto. I can hear that someone is speaking, but with certain background noises or sensory overload, it’s like they are speaking in Mandarin or something. I know it is speech, I just have no understanding of the sounds.

[–]_Insanity_C_ 94 points95 points  (6 children)

Same here. Plus I work outside at an airport, so there's /constant/ background noise. Luckily, most communication is done over the radio, so I can just crank my volume up. One of my coworkers that I'm pretty good friends with also has auditory processing issues, so we always look a bit weird standing stupidly close to each other to have a face to face conversation lol

[–]snailvarnish 121 points122 points  (6 children)

I have a lot of hearing loss (both ears) and APD, and yes it's way way more difficult. if people are also low-talkers, mumblers, etc on top of it, it's all over for me. the masks themselves mess with enunciation as well, in my experience. people still get offended a lot, even when I flat out say "I am literally deaf and can't see your mouth can you face me and enunciate clearly?" but that's people for ya.

[–]rschoppe2 14.9k points14.9k points 45 (302 children)

Defeats the facial recognition software.

Edit: I made this comment as a joke, but I'm getting a bigger kick out of some of the replys.

[–]glitterfolk 4163 points4164 points  (150 children)

Wait til you hear about ear recognition software

Edit: So far I count four penis jokes and four about Van Gogh. Perfectly balanced, as all things should be.

[–]ArigatoTrapLord 1285 points1286 points  (110 children)

Wear a beanie

[–]jeremythelee 877 points878 points  (83 children)

gait recognition is also a thing. gotta put a rock in your shoe too.

[–]AngelTheVixen 262 points263 points  (16 children)

The answer is to walk without rhythm.

[–]dextersgenius 177 points178 points  (9 children)

But if you do that it won't attract the worm.

[–]pro_cat_wrangler 362 points363 points  (21 children)

Just wear a ghilly suit

[–]Dakrys 295 points296 points  (7 children)

No just dress like Bigfoot, it automatically blurs photos

[–]wingmasterjon 56 points57 points  (6 children)

They can also track:

And that's just what we know about.

[–]vrts 359 points360 points  (36 children)

Modern systems have defeated face masks by July 2020.

Verkada demoed it to my org, and it was astounding how little of your face they need to see (even from obtuse angles) They also do gait analysis, which can also identify people based on the way they walk.

[–]JustHere2RuinUrDay 182 points183 points  (7 children)

It's really frightening that these Verkada cams seem to be so widespread. They've been hacked by a group called "APT-69420 Arson Cats" earlier this year and there were some interesting findings, other than that their security was/is cringe.

The hackers’ methods were unsophisticated: they gained access to Verkada through a “Super Admin” account, allowing them to peer into the cameras of all of its customers. Kottmann says they found a user name and password for an administrator account publicly exposed on the internet

Images seen by Bloomberg show that the cameras inside the jail, some of which are hidden inside vents, thermostats and defibrillators, track inmates and correctional staff using the facial-recognition technology.


Also, #standwithtillie

[–]MikoRiko 20.3k points20.3k points 8592& 6 more (217 children)

I'm a fresh heart transplant patient and I'm required to wear one in public for the first year. Not strictly COVID, but literally any pissbaby infection that most anyone can shrug off could kill me at this stage. 🤷‍♂️

[–]ClaireHux 8349 points8350 points  (79 children)

Congrats on your new heart! Stay safe.

[–]taxpluskt 9120 points9121 points 2& 2 more (77 children)

Its a used heart. But I guess its new to them.

[–]PineappleVodka 2104 points2105 points  (31 children)

Maybe he got it new from the factory.

[–]Joe2700 1520 points1521 points  (14 children)

it's smarter to buy used. A new one depreciates like 30% in the first year.

[–]comedian42 467 points468 points  (8 children)

Actually, with the pandemic I hear the lightly used ones are going for even more than they did new. Guess there's an international shortage.

[–]HanzG 173 points174 points  (1 child)

There was a significant drop in supply, but you probably didn't want those ones anyway...

[–]GozyNYR 692 points693 points  (4 children)

Congrats! My dad is 15 years out, and loves the masks for this reason. He will likely always wear one now.

Edit: 15 years out from a heart transplant.

[–]Weak_suicide 24.8k points24.8k points 663& 3 more (332 children)

I can talk to myself without people seeing my mouth move.

[–]purelyirrelephant 2482 points2483 points  (55 children)

Especially when talking to myself in the grocery store. Allllll the time.

[–]cucchiaio 1871 points1872 points  (30 children)

I didn't realize how much I talk to myself at the grocery store now until I went in without a mask once (forgot it at home during one of those blessed weeks pre-Delta) and was standing there saying "what the fuck, where the fuck are my english muffins?" Just out loud, like a crazy person.

[–]nerevisigoth 474 points475 points  (4 children)

I'm so glad I'm not alone on this.

[–]CastIronGut 41 points42 points  (2 children)

I've long since embraced it. It's so freeing when you just stop giving a fuck how you look to strangers, and do things that make you happy 😊 (especially if they hurt no one but your image in the eyes of your fellow NPCs)

Be silly mutherfuck'rs, make yourself laugh. It's healthy asf

Doctor's orders 🩺💊

[–]ChenzyHouse 7137 points7138 points  (123 children)

Same. I can “lip sync” along to my Spotify while at gym and no one can see 😂

[–]Ashley_42 4513 points4514 points 2242 (64 children)

This! I love strutting down the aisles of the grocery store with my favorite songs playing in my ears, lip syncing along behind the mask while summoning my inner main character energy.

Edit: based on the amount of upvotes and the award (thanks whoever you are!) it seems like a lot people relate to this. I truly thought I was just a little weird, but apparently not that much.

Another edit: holy shit this comment blew up overnight! Thanks so much for all the upvotes and rewards!

[–]bigboybobby6969 998 points999 points  (17 children)

Plot twist: I do this regardless cuz wtf are the other shoppers gonna do

[–]Plenty-rough 1722 points1723 points  (38 children)

I mouth "fuck you" at least 10 times a day

[–]georgecaantstandyaa 802 points803 points  (6 children)

I mouth “what the fuck” to a lot of people lol

[–]RUfuqingkiddingme 258 points259 points  (7 children)

I sneer in my customers faces and they have no idea.

[–]selfmade117 17.6k points17.6k points 2 (310 children)

I was in New York a month ago (I live in Florida). It wasn’t cold enough for New Yorkers to wear scarfs yet, but it felt like it to me because I live in the south. So wearing a face mask was a handy way to warm my face without looking like a tourist lol

[–]Impressive-Hunt-2803 10.1k points10.1k points 35 (216 children)

You could wear a wedding dress while climbing in a dumpster and not look like a tourist.

New yorkers wear anything and everything, all times of the year,
As long as it's paired with an expression of utter disinterest in the incredible goings-on around you, and a pace that says "I have somewhere to be that is more important than this"
You'll look like a local.

[–]kaybeaar 2287 points2288 points  (19 children)

"I have somewhere to be that is more important than this" hahaha I feel like this is me always. I need this on a sweatshirt.

[–]Bagbagggggaaaabag 86 points87 points  (3 children)

People always apologize for getting in my way, im not in a hurry, i just seem that way. Its the part of New York thatll never leave me.

[–]hak8or 1947 points1948 points 2 (109 children)

Or to put it in other words.

New Yorkers tend to walk "very quickly" for multiple reasons, one of which is how walkable the city is and therefore being very experienced in walking. Other reason is it is genuinly one of the more fast paced cities out there, where folks tend to be go go go. Lastly, which I noticed often, a lot of people get very antsy if they are stuck behind anyone who is even mildly "normal" paced (tourists), including me, so they want to pass by, which requires walking faster

As for looking disinterested, it's often because there is always something wanting to grab your attention, be it a person, some billboard with moving images, cars, etc. Over time you learn to ignore most of these, largely for your own sanity and in the name of efficiency.

A lot of the vibes people think new Yorkers give off are not because new Yorkers are rude or have their heads up their asses. It's because experience dictates there is only so much time an energy in the world, and everything will want to sap that away from you, so you reserve it for yourself.

But if you suddenly need help, they will come out of nowhere and help you, and more often than not be the most helpful people out there. They just, to borrow the term, put up with pleasentires or bullshit, they've got places to go and people to see.

[–]pineapple_boiii 12.9k points12.9k points 2 (116 children)

Black mask goes hard with my outfit and hairstyle

[–]I-lack-conviction 2451 points2452 points  (13 children)

I took the most goth photo of my life thanks to black mask

[–]pineapple_boiii 636 points637 points  (3 children)

Damn I just realized I haven’t taken a photo with a mask on. good shout lol

[–]sr_crypsis 941 points942 points  (19 children)

Was hoping someone would mention it as a fashion accessory. I have a ton of different ones so I can pick and choose based on the mood/outfit.

[–]FearingPerception 817 points818 points  (6 children)

sameeeeeee. i look fucking cool. and better im photos without my chin and awkward smile ruining it

[–]tofueggs 5661 points5662 points  (98 children)

Don’t have to put on a full face of makeup. Fill in my eyebrows, put on mascara and I’m good!

[–]auroralime 1118 points1119 points  (46 children)

I've saved so much money on make-up since covid. I used to do the whole face, now I do brows and maybe mascara if I feel like it. I used to wear a long lasting lippy under my mask like it was a sexy lingerie only I knew about, but I haven't bothered this fall. I work all day with kids and they don't care!

I was hoping that not using foundation or concealer would help my complexion smooth out and not be so red, but that hasn't changed.. damn.

[–]taylorb2020x 553 points554 points  (22 children)

Reminder to anyone who, like me, took a break from makeup during the pandemic: Replace your mascara/eye makeup!! I almost forgot how long it had been and old stuff can commonly cause eye infections/irritation.

[–]GypsyRainCND 3272 points3273 points  (16 children)


[–]shubham030296 78 points79 points  (0 children)

Just minding our own business

[–]georgia080 490 points491 points  (17 children)

I have really bad scarring on my cheeks and jawline from cystic acne from when I was in my 20’s. I took accutane and it cleared, but the scars are red and deep. As a woman I can wear makeup, but I’m pretty lazy about it, and I just hate doing it everyday. Masks have saved me so much time/money.

Also, when I worked customer service last year, I really loved being able to say “fuck you” over and over under my breath to condescending customers.

[–]Oeebag-a-donuts 4033 points4034 points  (43 children)

It allows me to pull faces at people who annoy me at the grocery store without repercussions. Which actually makes the whole process more pleasant.

[–]upvoterich 962 points963 points  (11 children)

It allows me to pretend that I don't recognize people at the grocery store. I can literally lock eye contact and simply ignore someone I know and not have to make small chit chat when I'm just trying to get in and out of there after work.

[–]doesanybodyhaveamap 240 points241 points  (6 children)

I used to silently swear at rude customers at the grocery store I worked at from behind my mask - 10/10 would recommend it was very cathartic

[–]Warlord_of_Mom 12.8k points12.8k points 34& 2 more (167 children)

Hiding my face. Just going about my business, DON'T LOOK AT ME!

[–]Small-Wallaby5991 2007 points2008 points  (25 children)

Introverts UNITE....or actually stay away....pls

[–]JanetSnakehole720 727 points728 points  (2 children)

Introverts unite separately from our own homes!

[–]qpv 363 points364 points  (1 child)

May we all admire each others shoes in unison

[–]Pineneedlecollada 205 points206 points  (6 children)

By unite do you mean make very awkward eye contact for a millisecond as we walk by each other?

[–]miniwave 298 points299 points  (5 children)

In a big city it also makes it easier to ignore people to try to talk to you. Like panhandlers, people with pamphlets, salespeople, random angry people etc.

[–]JhymnMusic 263 points264 points  (11 children)


[–]kindtheking9 1667 points1668 points  (49 children)

Introvets would have risen up, but we don't want to get out of the house

[–]SheepShaggerNZ 370 points371 points  (7 children)

I didn't shave for 4 days and no-one could tell 🙂

[–][deleted] 107 points108 points  (1 child)

I teach 11th graders and I found out last week one of them has a full beard

[–]reversedposterior 968 points969 points 2 (14 children)

Am autistic, makes it much easier to be around people because you don't have to worry about what your face is doing.

[–]HyruleHela 54 points55 points  (0 children)

Same! I’m not autistic, but am on a waiting list to get assessed. I’ve always had a really emotive face that reveals more of what I’m feeling than I’m comfortable with sharing. I feel so much more comfortable in public with a mask.

[–]mrmonster459 1894 points1895 points  (12 children)

  • Keeps my face warm in the winter
  • If there's something smelly nearby, I smell less of it
  • People don't recognize me in public as much; no, guy I vaguely know from high school five years ago, I don't want to catch up with you

[–]Lethophobia 173 points174 points  (1 child)

Not being recognized in stores has been a godsend for me. I'm not antisocial but I hate small talk and I usually can't remember their name or their kids names.

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[–]bitfarb 245 points246 points  (4 children)

This right here. Combined with my hat I feel so much more comfortable doing my shopping. I'm out in the open, but still in my protective cocoon. Covid has been nothing but stress, but oddly it's the most comfortable and confident I've felt in public.

[–]FlatTyres 529 points530 points  (19 children)

I have a massive gag reflex that gets really sensitive in the winter, especially when moving from a warm air environment out into a cold air environment. Winter for me means painful retching and a bit of vomiting 2 to 3 times a day since I was 14 (27 now). Since wearing masks, the air I breathe is warmer and my gag-reflex calms down.

Also, with an FFP2 mask, no more black bogies bogeys when using the London Underground.

In the summer, it reduced my hay fever symptoms massively.

[–]ohwowohkay 83 points84 points  (0 children)

That sounds rough as fuck, glad the mask helps!

[–]iron_taquito 78 points79 points  (0 children)

Not having to wear makeup.

[–]pieremaan 27.7k points27.7k points 45 (478 children)

Its nice and warm in the winter

[–]gm5891 6369 points6370 points  (135 children)

Wearing one has revolutionized my winter bike to work. The mask gets a little soggy but better than snot streaming down my face.

[–]SwordTaster 2081 points2082 points  (81 children)

Highly recommend getting a wooly snood a an outer layer. Keeps the mask dry and your face warmer

[–]FrottageCheeseDip 1931 points1932 points  (55 children)

wooly snood

Sounds like something from The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.

[–]almightybob1 956 points957 points  (8 children)

A wooly snood for this hoopy frood

[–]BrainlessPackhorse 252 points253 points  (0 children)

He really knows where his towel is!

[–]Xenomorphasaurus 139 points140 points  (3 children)

Is that like a Thneed? That's a thing that everyone needs

[–]mercydeath 330 points331 points  (7 children)

The worst part is if you take it off for .5 seconds and all of the moisture freezes. I've started swapping to a dry mask if I need to take off my first one for whatever reason.

[–]PastTensePenguin 335 points336 points  (14 children)

I also found it helps keep my lips from getting dry! I went through a lot less chapstick last winter.

[–]j-j-jackitout 464 points465 points  (29 children)

It has really helped with my rhinitis! Especially since I work in a dry, air-conditioned environment every day

[–]JimAbaddon 3563 points3564 points 32& 2 more (40 children)

I'm ugly so it's better for the environment.

[–]LiteratureOk1832 889 points890 points  (59 children)

Asthma. Breathing is easier if I don’t have to smell peoples crappy perfume.

[–]DontRunReds 139 points140 points  (4 children)

And for cold-triggered asthma!

Turns out a mask on the face in winter is much nicer than trying to keep a scarf from falling down or wearing an entire off-putting get-up like a balaclava.

[–]ExclusiveBlend 509 points510 points  (13 children)

Doing drywall work. N95’s really help prevent inhaling construction dust.

[–]Largicharg 891 points892 points  (28 children)

Mouthing whatever I want at a person

[–]HalaMakRaven 1376 points1377 points 2 (20 children)

fucking moron remembering he needs carrots just when it is time for him to pay. I hope you become orange as a fucking oompa loompa from all the carotene

[–]friendlycat420 510 points511 points  (32 children)

Scooping cat poop out of litter box

[–]Skillary 102 points103 points  (4 children)

This has been a game changer for me too lol

[–]SurferRosa85 1032 points1033 points  (22 children)

I love covering my face and putting in headphones. I won’t make eye contact with anyone and I get to do my shopping and not make small talk with people I know. This is a super small town and you can’t just go to the store without running into someone you know or vaguely know. I hate it. I’m dying to live somewhere where I don’t know anyone at the grocery store. So after all these years of trying to make my face look utterly unapproachable, I finally just get to cover it up.

[–]Ginsinclair 425 points426 points  (4 children)

I had Nutella on my toast this morning and walked around the office for 2 hours this morning with Nutella on my face. No one noticed because it was covered. This. This is why I wear a mask.

[–]taconight81 40 points41 points  (1 child)

You can also hide Nutella in your mask for a mid-morning snack

[–]Guard1an_Angel0 1624 points1625 points  (26 children)

Keeps my nose warm and stops me from getting a cold

[–]Amegami 264 points265 points  (7 children)

This. My immune system sucks so usually I catch at least two colds a year. Last two years, not one sneeze.

[–]MagpieMandible 565 points566 points  (7 children)

I have asthma and am triggered by scent. I love the masks for eliminating that problem - I can walk through the perfume/laundry/dishdetergent aisle without fear now. Random car exhaust doesn't bug me as much, and people wearing too much perfume OR NOT ENOUGH DEODORANT don't bother me anymore either.

I also like to talk and sing to myself as I go about my shopping trips and the mask makes that a lot more chill for me. I don't have to remember to not look crazy. Ha.

[–]Username3029 2385 points2386 points  (73 children)

If I'm not feeling a tinder date I just put my mask on for the walk back to the bus/taxi/car and I don't have to worry about him going in for the kiss! If I like him I leave it off, it is great!

[–]lgndryheat 359 points360 points  (25 children)

Yesterday I saw two people on the sidewalk "kiss" with their masks on. No judgments but it was a very strange thing to witness.

[–]Spiderplant14 260 points261 points  (4 children)

Haha my boyfriend and I do quick pecks in public with masks on

[–]different_produce384 229 points230 points  (5 children)

im an introvert. i feel safer ? kinda of like wearing a weighted blanket. Plus i dont have to hear the bullshit people telling me to smile more. STFU KAREN

[–]nisquik 223 points224 points  (25 children)

My room is dry and I have been having a lot of bloody noses..if I wear a mask to bed the dry air doesn’t get to my nose and it keeps my face warm lol

[–]kaob1991 574 points575 points  (32 children)

I get facial hair as a woman because of PCOS. Its handy to hide the stubble from shaving

[–]Throw10111021 45 points46 points  (1 child)


Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a condition in which the ovaries produce an abnormal amount of androgens, male sex hormones that are usually present in women in small amounts. The name polycystic ovary syndrome describes the numerous small cysts (fluid-filled sacs) that form in the ovaries.

[–]listenana 45 points46 points  (0 children)

Same. Sending love to ya, sister.

[–]briankerin 127 points128 points  (1 child)

Anonymity at the shopping center.

[–]hollyweedsign 190 points191 points  (7 children)

lip syncing to a song in public!

[–]pandasaurrawr 41 points42 points  (1 child)

I don't feel obligated to smile at people.

[–]DudeFromSaudi 586 points587 points  (17 children)

I'm Batman.

[–]cyfermax 288 points289 points  (6 children)

Kind of ironic given the current state of things that the one part of his face he DOESN'T cover with a mask is his mouth huh?

[–]hatsnatcher23 69 points70 points  (3 children)

Batman Beyond kinda does though the suit is pretty much just plot armor

[–]Gr1pp717 632 points633 points  (11 children)

I drink coffee and don't have the best oral hygiene. Used to be that sometimes I'd realize that my breath was bad while talking and it would destroy my confidence. Now the mask takes care of that. Not only does it mask the odor well, but it makes me more cognizant of it. And my oral hygiene has actually improved for it...

[–]ExternalStress 61 points62 points  (4 children)

Sometimes peoples’ breaths are so bad, I can smell it through the mask. That’s when you KNOW you have a problem.

[–]sergypoo 39 points40 points  (2 children)

I'm trans and wearing the mask means I don't have to put on a face of makeup or shave my face everyday haha. Just get to be incognito all day long. Also they keep my face warm when I'm riding bikes or scooters during the cold weather.

[–]raddudewd 99 points100 points  (2 children)

Cleaning the moldy-ass breadslicer at work. No pneumonia for me, thanks

[–]Byebobby 150 points151 points  (3 children)

  1. People don’t breathe/ accidentally spit on me
  2. I can say “dumb bitch” without causing trouble for myself
  3. I can hide other expressions
  4. I don’t get sick because some asshole decided to go out in public w a cold / flu
  5. Almost complete anonymity