In most areas of the United States, it’s hot right now, but face masks are still necessary. Increasing temperatures have sent many on the hunt for breathable face masks that will prevent the spread of COVID-19 without causing serious sweat and skin irritation, especially during physical activity. The logic makes sense; who wouldn’t want to stay as comfortable as possible while doing their part in a public health crisis? Still, it can be hard to know if face coverings marketed as lightweight are effective, per the CDC’s recommendations.

“We’ve known for the last few months that a breathable fabric with a tight weave is best,” Dr. Cassandra Pierre, M.D., a physician specializing in infectious disease and the medical director of public health programs at Boston Medical Center, tells Teen Vogue. “One-hundred percent cotton is the preferred choice. Masks containing cotton with an…

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