The past few years have witnessed the world still grappling with the grief and anxiety brought by the coronavirus. It is acknowledged that wearing types of face masks, which have become increasingly indispensable in different situations, are the best protectors to curb the spread of the coronavirus. According to the report, the 3D face mask, which can fit the users’ faces comfortably to protect themselves from infection effectively, is the priority when people are choosing face masks. 


However, two concerns people puzzle are the differentiation between common and 3D face masks and which has the better protective effect for coronavirus. In order to figure out this doubt, this article will guide you to clarify what the common and 3D face masks are and their primary differences. 

Common VS. 3D Face Masks: What are They?

The common face mask, called the flat face mask, is widely used worldwide due to its characteristics such as light, breathability to wear, and others. On the other hand, the 3D face mask, which is designed to be consistent with the shape of the face, can form a dense space to guarantee better protection against coronavirus. Normally, 3D face masks contain various types, including KN95 face masks, FFP2 face masks, and KF94 face masks.


Common VS. 3D Face Masks: What’s the Difference?

The following are the significant differences among the common and 3D face masks. 


  1. Appearance

The first difference is that common and 3D face masks have diverse outlooks. The common face masks are usually packaged independently and produced using various materials, including non-woven fabric, cotton, sponges, etc. In this situation, these masks have a relatively flat surface without pleats. It is worth mentioning that the common face masks from ZHENG KANG, a professional face mask manufacturer, can provide you with flat face masks which are produced with several pleats to suit your face better. 


However, that’s not the case with 3D face masks. As mentioned above, 3D face masks contain KN95 face masks and FFP2 face masks, and all of these types have a relative distance between the nose, the mouse, and the inside of the face mask. It means that the front of the 3D face mask is prominent so that it will not directly touch the face. Meanwhile, 3D face masks have flexible and ergonomic designs, which make them comfortable and have better air impermeability.

  1. Performance 

Common and 3D face masks show different performances toward protection. Most common face masks, designed flatted, have lower gas tightness than 3D face masks because there are gaps around the face and nasal cavity. In this way, common face masks are regarded as having lower effectiveness. However, the disposable surgical face masks from ZHRNG KANG are strictly produced under the guidance of EN 14683. The masks have a BFE (Bacterial Filtration Efficiency) up to 99.5% under the maximum differential pressure test 36.9Pa/cm². In addition, our face masks pass the microbial cleanliness test with the specimen 4.4 CFU/g under the strict requirements of ISO 11737-1:2018.


On the other hand, 3D face masks, which use three-dimensional cutting technology, can effectively filter viruses, bacteria, dust mites, and volatile chemicals in the air. For instance, the FFP2 face mask, a common 3D face mask that conforms to EN 149, can filter at least 94% of airborne particles under the filter penetration limit with an inward leakage of less than 8%. These masks can filter out up to 0.075 micrometers of particles. Therefore, 3D face masks, which have high filtration, are effective tools for preventing coronavirus. 


  1. Structure

The structure of common and 3D face masks varies. And we will take the disposable surgical face mask from ZHENG KANG as an example. It has three layers, which include:

  • The inner layer with non-woven fabric.
  • The middle layer with melt-blown fabric.
  • The out layer with non-woven fabric.

The 3D face mask from ZHENG KANG mostly consists of 5 layers, such as FFP2 and KN95 face masks, while KF94 face masks contain 4 layers. Thus, in most cases, 3D face masks normally come with 5 layers, including:

  • The first layer with non-woven fabric.
  • The second layer with melt-blown fabric.
  • The third layer with melt-blown fabric.
  • The fourth layer with non-latex cotton.
  • The fifth layer with non-woven fabric.


Now that you must have a comprehensive understanding of common face masks and 3D face masks, it is reasonable to conclude that common and 3D face masks have pros and cons. It would be best to choose the right face mask to guarantee better protection against the pandemic. However, as it is now abundantly clear that face masks are an effective tool in preventing the spread of coronavirus, you must choose a capable face mask manufacturer.

ZHENG KANG, an expert in providing types of face masks, is in the leading position in the industry. With years of continuous efforts and hard work, we can produce competitive face masks with our latest technologies and certifications, such as FDA, SGS, etc. If you are enthusiastic about our products, please come and contact us immediately.