Functional Fashion: Face Mask for People with Asthma

When it comes to pollution, diseases, and asthma attacks, it’s absolutely necessary to protect ourselves. But no one said we couldn’t do it in style.

For people with asthma, wearing a face mask is a fact of life. It helps them avoid inhaling pollen, dust, smoke, and other air-borne substances that can potentially trigger an asthma attack.

The disposable surgical mask is commonly used as a face mask, but this is not the only kind of face mask available on the market today. Designers and retailers are selling more and more face masks that cater to the tastes of more fashion-conscious consumers.

Function Meets Fashion

For people with asthma or allergies, it is important to filter the air they breathe. Wearing a high-quality face mask is one of the most effective strategy to do this. The American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology recommends an NIOSH-rated 95 filter mask.

Aside from filtering the air we breathe, face masks can be fashionable, too. They have become a must-have fashion accessory in East Asian countries like China and Japan. Everyone, sick or healthy, are wearing them.

In China, for example, most people wear face masks to protect themselves from pollution. Face masks have become so popular in the country, in fact, that Chinese designers have included them in their collections. Yin Peng included face masks in a collection called “smog couture”; Masha Ma had her models wear Swarovski crystal-studded face masks. Hong Kong-based Nina Griffee collaborated with filter-mask manufacturer Vogmask in one of her collections last year.

Choices, Choices

People with asthma or allergies don’t need to contend with wearing those simple, boring face masks anymore. Retailers are providing them with face masks that provide both function and fashion.

Say goodbye to boring face masks and put on any of these vibrant, fun, or awesome face masks.


British company Freka offers a fashionable unisex face mask with a replaceable vitaliser. The vitaliser is the part that purifies the air as you inhale.

It has an ergonomic design, which is a fancy way of saying it will fit or mold to your face’s unique shape. It has a nose fit adjuster, too.

The mask is “inspired by the classic styling of British tailoring” and has been described as “elegant, almost chic.” It’s available for pre-order now and will be hitting shelves this month.


Vogmask‘s N99 face masks can filter harmful particles effectively. It comes in organic cotton and microfiber variants that mold to the wearer’s face over time. It comes in four sizes and can be rinsed or wiped clean. 


Respro is another British company selling face masks. It has been doing so for more than 20 years. The company offers two different types of filters suitable for the city or for the countryside. The masks come with removable and replaceable filters and valves. Once these two parts are removed, the mask can be washed normally.


Let us know which face mask would look really cool on you.



Juvy Garcia
Juvy Garcia
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