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Help! My head's going to explode!!

Just got a new dry suit this week. Not only will it keep water from coming down my next, it does an excellent job of keeping the blood from returning back down as well. This is my first exposure to this type gear. I think I heard that the gasket will relax after several wearings. If it's still too tight then it can be trimed. I'm concerned that my first time out will likely be for 6+ hours and my head will likely explode. Anyone have any advice on prestreching the latex next gaskets? I got a Kokatat Dura XL. Next size is about 17".
Thanks,

Gary B.