Disposable Face Masks Market Size, Share & Trends Report

Disposable Face Masks Market Size, Share & Trends Analysis Report By Product (Protective, Dust, Non-woven), By Application (Industrial, Personal), By Distribution Channel, And Segment Forecasts, 2019 - 2025

  • Published Date: Jun, 2019
  • Base Year for Estimate: 2018
  • Report ID: GVR-2-68038-914-2
  • Format: Electronic (PDF)
  • Historical Data: 2015 - 2017
  • Number of Pages: 110

Industry Insights

The global disposable face masks market size was valued at USD 753.3 million in 2018 and is anticipated to witness significant growth in the forecast period. Growing importance of protection against pollutants and harmful viruses in developing economies including China, India, and Brazil on account of growing industrial sector is expected to upsurge the need of disposable face masks to avoid any possible infection.

Furthermore, use of this product as a surgical mask to protect one from the viruses and other pathogens that can cause infections is projected to upscale the demand for disposable masks in the near future. The main purpose of these masks is to avoid one from getting in contact with airborne germs, dusts, and other infection carrying pathogens.

U.S. disposable face masks Market

Use of these masks by people with particular allergies is expected to be a key factor driving the industry. Respiratory masks are available in various shapes and sizes that makes them suitable for every individual. These products do not merely protect the users from dust but also from minute floating air particles. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is constantly emphasizing, especially medical personnel to use disposable masks since they are invariably exposed to viruses, bacteria, and other sorts of pathogens.

Rise in cases of hospital acquired infections (HAIs), growing elderly population, and development of healthcare facilities in emerging economies are fueling the market growth. Though these masks are designed to offer protection, it is recommended to select one which won’t cause any allergies. This can be based on the fact that different manufacturers use different types of material, which could have the potential to cause allergic reactions. Due to growing negative impacts of pollution, using a mask is the first line of defense to protect against smoke and dust. 3M Company offers a variety of NIOSH-approved filtering respirators for numerous tasks, where chances of suffering from infection is more.

Application Insights

The industrial application segment accounted for more than 75.0% share of the global revenue in 2018. Rising awareness among the industrialists regarding the significance of using masks to protect labors from particles is driving the segment. Use of masks is increasing in emerging economies including China and India due to growing industrial sector and ever-increasing pollution levels. Use of disposable masks at construction sites, mining sites, chemical companies, and by the workers of paints and varnishes is fueling the segment growth. These products are also popularly used as surgical masks, wherein they are used to avoid the viruses and other germs from entering the body.

Personal application is the fastest growing segment with a CAGR of 6.4% from 2019 to 2025. The growth of the segment is attributed to increasing consciousness among users to tackle the rising levels of pollution and presence of harmful pathogens in the air. Growing awareness regarding the side-effects on health is prompting new users, thereby driving the demand for these products.

Distribution Channel Insights

Offline dominated the market in 2018 and accounted for 80.8% share of the global revenue. Disposable face masks are majorly sold through offline channels including retailers, distributors, hyper/supermarkets, convenience stores, brand outlets, and direct selling.

The online segment is expected to expand at a CAGR of 6.3% from 2019 to 2025. Emergence of e-commerce portals as a key selling medium on account of providing value-added services including free-home delivery, cash-on-delivery (COD), and coupon benefits is expected to remain a prominent market trend.

Product Insights

Protective mask was the largest product segment in 2018, accounting for more than 35.0% share of the global revenue. This product is used as a protection against contagious pathogens, disease carrying germs, and airborne infections. It is also used as a protectant while performing surgery in order to avoid entering of viruses and germs. Furthermore, it is used by workers of paints, varnishes, and other chemical manufacturing companies to stop the harmful chemicals from entering the body.

Global disposable face masks Market

Dust masks are usually used while travelling at construction or mining sites to protect the respiratory systems. Non-woven mask is the fastest growing segment with a CAGR of 6.1% from 2019 to 2025. These masks are currently trending in the market since they offer better ventilation, filtration, and insulation. These masks are water proof, light weight, high production speed, and low priced.

Regional Insights

Asia Pacific dominated the market in 2018 and accounted for more than 30.0% share of the global revenue. Growing industrial sector as well as government rules and regulations to protect worker’s health are the key factors expected to propel the market growth in this region. Furthermore, urbanization and rising disposable income in China and India are expected to raise the product demand over the next few years.

North America is anticipated to witness the fastest growth and expand at a CAGR of 6.9% from 2019 to 2025. Demand for the product is increasing in this region due to rise in pollution levels, which is attributed to release of harmful gases in the air. High spending power of the working class population and government providing masks at a very minimal rate to protect people are other significant factors driving the market in North America.  

Disposable Face Masks Market Share Insights

The industry is highly competitive as players are competing in terms of product variation and pricing. Key players are focusing on inventing disposable masks that will provide users with benefits such as better ventilation, filtration, and water-proof. Growing demand for innovative, high filtration efficiency, and application-specific masks among consumers is expected to open up new avenues for the key players over the coming years. 

Key industry participants include 3M, Honeywell, Moldex, Kimberly-Clark, KOWA, Uvex, and SAS Safety Corp. 3M launched a particulate respirator 8577 P95 that is designed to provide reliable respiratory protection of at least 95% filtration efficiency against certain non-oil and oil based particles.

Report Scope



Base year for estimation


Actual estimates/Historical data

2015 - 2017

Forecast period

2019 - 2025

Market representation

Revenue in USD Million & CAGR from 2019 to 2025

Regional scope

North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Central & South America, and Middle East & Africa

Country scope

U.S., Germany, U.K., China, India, Brazil, and South Africa

Report coverage      

Revenue forecast, company share, competitive landscape, growth factors and trends

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Segments Covered in the Report

This report forecasts revenue growth at the global, regional, and country levels and provides an analysis of the latest industry trends in each of the sub-segments from 2015 to 2025. For the purpose of this study, Grand View Research has segmented the global disposable face masks market report on the basis of product, application, distribution channel, and region:

  • Product Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2015 - 2025)

    • Protective

    • Dust

    • Non-woven

  • Application Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2015 - 2025)

    • Industrial

    • Personal

  • Distribution Channel Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2015 - 2025)

    • Online

    • Offline

  • Regional Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2015 - 2025)

    • North America

      •  U.S.

    • Europe

      • U.K.

      •  Germany

    • Asia Pacific

      • China

      •  India

    • Central & South America

      •  Brazil

    • Middle East & Africa

      • South Africa

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