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Do Glasses Cause Acne?

Do Glasses Cause Acne?

Do glasses cause acne?

Have you ever noticed how acne seems to appear on the skin beneath the frames of your glasses? You’re not alone! People with acne prone skin suffer from this problem daily. Wearing glasses makes it easier for dirt, oil, and dead skin to stay on your skin and clog the pores beneath the frames. Wearing glasses can be facial nightmare, but with proper cleaning and skin habits, one can mitigate breakouts.

Here are some steps you can take to reduce acne breakouts caused by wearing glasses.

  1. Wash your face everyday with facial wash or cleanser. Ensure that the skin under your frames is given extra attention. Use a cleansing cloth to wipe your frame and nose area to remove oil, dirt and debris.
  2. Wear glasses that fit perfectly on your face. Reduce the number of times you have to touch your face to readjust your glasses, as repeated pressure on your skin can lead to acne. Wearing very tight glasses will increase the pressure on your skin, while wearing very loose glasses will require you to adjust it on your face multiple times throughout the day.
  3. Clean your frames daily, with water, paper towel, and rubbing alcohol. You can also clean your lens with a lens cleaning solution. Using a circular motion, wipe your lens with a cleaning cloth to remove fingerprints, oil and grime. Make sure you avoid cleaning solutions like ammonia, bleach, vinegar, or window cleaner as these chemicals can damage your lens’ coatings.
  4. Don’t put your glasses on your head. When you are not wearing your glasses, leave them inside the glasses box or safely on a table. Hair produces oil throughout the day, so you want to keep your glasses away from touching your hair. For ladies, make it a habit to tie your hair in a ponytail to avoid contact with your glasses.
  5. Switch to contact lens and eliminate the possibility of acne caused by glasses.

Wearing glasses should be comfortable and stylish. With the proper procedures, you should not have to worry about skin problems caused by wearing glasses.

Should you ever feel concerned or have questions about the effects of wearing glasses, feel free to contact Image Optometry eye doctors at any one of our 16 locations in BC. Our optometrists are available to help you answer your questions with their extensive medical background.

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