Breathable full face balaclava?

I have a disability whereby I'm allergic to UV light (the sun). As you can imagine, this makes driving long distances very dependant on the weather and can be a nightmare. I've been googling on and off for years, trying to find something to help me, but haven't had any luck. I was hoping someone here, who knows much more about such things (whether you're a skier, motorcyclists or airsoft enthusiast etc...) could help me find something suitable.

I really need a full face mask/balaclava that is very breathable and can have glasses worn with it. Anything I've tried causes my glasses to fog up.
It can have my hair exposed, but as little skin as possible would be the best, neck not entirely necessary since I can use a scarf, but it would be great also.

I'd really appreciate any help.

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I don't know if its any relevance for the materials used but I see loads of Muslim women driving with a burka and glasses.

shadey12

I don't know if its any relevance for the materials used but I see loads … I don't know if its any relevance for the materials used but I see loads of Muslim women driving with a burka and glasses.



​the correct term is niqaab which refers to the face covering.

I have a similar issue to yourself but it only really occurs in the summer. I've found trying different sun screens really helps. This year I opted for a 5* UVA rating sun screen having tried all the big brands that weren't helping. I got the sainsburys 50spf sun protect clear spray. I wear big glasses but other than that I can't help you in the balaclava bit. hope you find what you need as my face gets so bad it weeps and cracks and then I can't open my mouth to even eat or drink.

adhkarzf

​the correct term is niqaab which refers to the face covering. I have a s … ​the correct term is niqaab which refers to the face covering. I have a similar issue to yourself but it only really occurs in the summer. I've found trying different sun screens really helps. This year I opted for a 5* UVA rating sun screen having tried all the big brands that weren't helping. I got the sainsburys 50spf sun protect clear spray. I wear big glasses but other than that I can't help you in the balaclava bit. hope you find what you need as my face gets so bad it weeps and cracks and then I can't open my mouth to even eat or drink.



​my apologies
is the burka with the mesh?
the niqaab with the gap for the eyes?

Rather than stopping the UV light hitting your skin. Would it not be better to stop th UV light entering your car completely. I know nothing of your condition so forgive me but I'm aware you can get UV film/tint for windows that stop the UV light coming in, maybe they can do the car providing it doesn't break any motoring laws regarding translucency. Im sure I've seen stuff which is completely see through yet the film blocks all the UV light? Might be worth looking into and certainly more comfortable whilst driving surely.

Would it not have to be UV protected ?

I think if you have Lupus to sunlight you should get some pills for your immune system from your Doctor so that it doesn't attack you.

Try this
outdoorgb.com/p/b…DRA
good price for a proper buff, you can easily breathe through and even see through these and they wick well enough to
avoid helmet hair if you are a cyclist

OP that's sounds awful . I really feel for you . I don't know if it would work but racing car drivers and the like have full face balaclavas they wear under their helmets . They are usually made of cotton based fire retardant materials . Wouldn't have a clue if you can actually buy such a thing but it might be an avenue to explore . Best of luck

shadey12

​my apologies is the burka with the mesh?the niqaab with the gap for the e … ​my apologies is the burka with the mesh?the niqaab with the gap for the eyes?



​to be honest I think the term burka has different meanings depending on where you're from. It can be the one with the mesh bit over the eyes although I don't see how you can see anything through that comfortably. its also just a pull on hijaab which is longer in length so it covers up to your hands or it can even be termed as an abaya which is the long cloak type thing. no need to apologise by the way

ThePasty

Rather than stopping the UV light hitting your skin. Would it not be … Rather than stopping the UV light hitting your skin. Would it not be better to stop th UV light entering your car completely. I know nothing of your condition so forgive me but I'm aware you can get UV film/tint for windows that stop the UV light coming in, maybe they can do the car providing it doesn't break any motoring laws regarding translucency. Im sure I've seen stuff which is completely see through yet the film blocks all the UV light? Might be worth looking into and certainly more comfortable whilst driving surely.



​thank you for that comment as I'm going to look into it for my own car as my skin is worse off when traveling and I had no idea something like this was available.

adhkarzf

​thank you for that comment as I'm going to look into it for my own car a … ​thank you for that comment as I'm going to look into it for my own car as my skin is worse off when traveling and I had no idea something like this was available.



Based on ThePasty's suggestion ... check driving.co.uk/car…on/
Hopefully worth checking out for you. Good luck.

Spango

Based on ThePasty's suggestion ... check … Based on ThePasty's suggestion ... check http://www.driving.co.uk/car-clinic/car-clinic-can-you-add-uv-film-to-windows-for-sun-protection/Hopefully worth checking out for you. Good luck.



​Thank you

Have you tried a facekini?? Basically a latex balaclava - obviously thinner than a cotton one, so sun glasses would be a more comfortable fit. - Think Mexican wrestler mask.

As popularised by Chinese at the seaside??

Putting films on a windscreen and front side windows is verboten btw, not that the Rozzers ever enforce the law - I have seen people driving around with tints so dark, they have to lower the windows down to see out at junctions

Im just wondering....
wouldn't a broad-brimmed hat do the job?
bit of mathematics here... the sun would have to be very close to the horizon in order to expose your skin to it. the higher it is the bigger the shade covering your face.
in winter it may be bit more difficult due to the sun position but then you just have to choose different traveling time.

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ThePasty

Rather than stopping the UV light hitting your skin. Would it not be … Rather than stopping the UV light hitting your skin. Would it not be better to stop th UV light entering your car completely. I know nothing of your condition so forgive me but I'm aware you can get UV film/tint for windows that stop the UV light coming in, maybe they can do the car providing it doesn't break any motoring laws regarding translucency. Im sure I've seen stuff which is completely see through yet the film blocks all the UV light? Might be worth looking into and certainly more comfortable whilst driving surely.


Thank you for the suggestion, but it wouldn't work I'm afraid. Not unless I can apply a dark tint which I really don't think would be road legal. The visible light also affects me

rodders443

Would it not have to be UV protected ? I think if you have Lupus to … Would it not have to be UV protected ? I think if you have Lupus to sunlight you should get some pills for your immune system from your Doctor so that it doesn't attack you.


Apparently it's that my immune system is actually too active, and produces too many histamines during this. So I'm on many pills for that.

psychobitchfromhell

OP that's sounds awful . I really feel for you . I don't know if it would … OP that's sounds awful . I really feel for you . I don't know if it would work but racing car drivers and the like have full face balaclavas they wear under their helmets . They are usually made of cotton based fire retardant materials . Wouldn't have a clue if you can actually buy such a thing but it might be an avenue to explore . Best of luck


Thank you from what I understand they seem to be similar to motorcycle balaclavas, I'm not sure how they would fare against wearing glasses though, anything I try like this always makes visibility a nightmare.


Gentle_Giant

Have you tried a facekini?? Basically a latex balaclava - obviously … Have you tried a facekini?? Basically a latex balaclava - obviously thinner than a cotton one, so sun glasses would be a more comfortable fit. - Think Mexican wrestler mask.As popularised by Chinese at the seaside??Putting films on a windscreen and front side windows is verboten btw, not that the Rozzers ever enforce the law - I have seen people driving around with tints so dark, they have to lower the windows down to see out at junctions


I've never even considered that, will have to look into it, thank you.

mattsokolinski

Im just wondering....wouldn't a broad-brimmed hat do the job? bit of … Im just wondering....wouldn't a broad-brimmed hat do the job? bit of mathematics here... the sun would have to be very close to the horizon in order to expose your skin to it. the higher it is the bigger the shade covering your face.in winter it may be bit more difficult due to the sun position but then you just have to choose different traveling time.


Generally it'd help, but not very well. It'd also interfere with my headrest and probably fall off. Part of the problem is that surfaces have varying degrees of reflectivity, even the concrete on the roads. Which is much worse and a nightmare when wet and in heavy sunlight.

adhkarzf

​the correct term is niqaab which refers to the face covering. I have a s … ​the correct term is niqaab which refers to the face covering. I have a similar issue to yourself but it only really occurs in the summer. I've found trying different sun screens really helps. This year I opted for a 5* UVA rating sun screen having tried all the big brands that weren't helping. I got the sainsburys 50spf sun protect clear spray. I wear big glasses but other than that I can't help you in the balaclava bit. hope you find what you need as my face gets so bad it weeps and cracks and then I can't open my mouth to even eat or drink.



​no its not burka is the one which covers the whole face including eyes and niqa has a piece missing for the eyes. but why can't u use a normal balaclava which shouldn't affect your glasses if you have the mouth piece in correct place and nose. can't u use some kind of face mask cream or special face paint if clothing doesn't help. or maybe a decent motor bike helmet

having a quick Google search there are clear uv films available so that maybe better than covering your face u could use them in ur house aswell.

SeraphXii

Thank you for the suggestion, but it wouldn't work I'm afraid. Not unless … Thank you for the suggestion, but it wouldn't work I'm afraid. Not unless I can apply a dark tint which I really don't think would be road legal. The visible light also affects me.



Would you need something like this? Or is that too much or too little coverage?

http://creativeindiaexports.com/media/catalog/product/cache/1/image/9df78eab33525d08d6e5fb8d27136e95/m/e/men_women_outdoor_uv_protect_full_face_mask11.jpg

SeraphXii

Generally it'd help, but not very well. It'd also interfere with my … Generally it'd help, but not very well. It'd also interfere with my headrest and probably fall off. Part of the problem is that surfaces have varying degrees of reflectivity, even the concrete on the roads. Which is much worse and a nightmare when wet and in heavy sunlight


Out of curiosity....I am a little bit confused as to what your medical condition is, would you mind sharing the actual diagnosis?

Edited by: "mattsk" 21st Nov 2016

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mattsokolinski

Out of curiosity....I am a little bit confused as to what your medical … Out of curiosity....I am a little bit confused as to what your medical condition is, would you mind sharing the actual diagnosis?


From what I've been told, it's "Solar urticaria" which literally translates to "sun induced rash/hives", caused from various frequencies of UV light and sometimes visible light (which is why sunscreen and UV protection don't really help)


ThePasty

Would you need something like this? Or is that too much or too little … Would you need something like this? Or is that too much or too little coverage?


That would work to protect me, but I'm really worried about how difficult the breathing would be and causing my glasses to fog up. So far this is the best I can find myself:
http://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/~O0AAOSwGotWiomt/s-l1600.jpg
If anybody has any experience with something like this and wearing glasses?

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Thank you all for being so helpful.

SeraphXii

Thank you all for being so helpful.



My final attempt, its the best i could find, comes with integrated sunglasses as well so they won't fall off. Any good?

Made of 2mm thick elastic Neoprene fabric, comfortable to wear with high-quality, integrated goggles. Perfect protection from sun, coldness, heat, dust, wind, insects and injuries. Suited for motorcyclists, quads and quad bikes enthusiasts, bikers (downhill), skiers and mountain climbers.

Material: 90% Neoprene and 10% nylon
Velour inside
Breathable and waterproof
Polycarbonate lens with antifog / anti-scratch coating
100% UVA, UVB and UVC protection up to 400 nm
Manufacturer: Swiss Eye

http://images.esellerpro.com/2296/I/981/2/swat_mask_coyote_amazon_1.jpg

BUY IT HERE IN VARYING COLOURS
Edited by: "ThePasty" 22nd Nov 2016

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ThePasty

My final attempt, its the best i could find, comes with integrated … My final attempt, its the best i could find, comes with integrated sunglasses as well so they won't fall off. Any good?Made of 2mm thick elastic Neoprene fabric, comfortable to wear with high-quality, integrated goggles. Perfect protection from sun, coldness, heat, dust, wind, insects and injuries. Suited for motorcyclists, quads and quad bikes enthusiasts, bikers (downhill), skiers and mountain climbers.Material: 90% Neoprene and 10% nylonVelour insideBreathable and waterproofPolycarbonate lens with antifog / anti-scratch coating100% UVA, UVB and UVC protection up to 400 nmManufacturer: Swiss EyeBUY IT HERE IN VARYING COLOURS


Ah, yes I saw that one and thought it was really good myself. But upon reading about it, it's not possible to actually wear glasses with it
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