4 Good Reasons Your Glasses May Be Guilty for Your Breakouts


After months of figuring out what causes your acne breakouts, from changing your diet and trying out home remedies, to blaming anything that comes to mind, you finally raised the white flag. But, don’t lose hope just yet. The breakout culprit may be right in front of you. But, before we start pointing fingers, let’s first understand how acne appears and why.

AcneAcne forms when there is a blockage in the hair follicle consisting of dead skin cells and oil excessively produced by the sebaceous glands.

Acne can become infected once the bacteria thriving under the skin infects the clogged follicle, causing the surrounding tissues to swell. Acne may just be a single tiny bump, but once they start appearing in numbers, they can mess up with your self-esteem and social life.

The exact cause of acne is yet to be found, but experts say it has a lot to do with hormones that can enlarge and over-activate the sebaceous glands. External factors, such as oil from beauty products, friction on the skin and irritants from the environment can cause acne breakouts. Your diet and personal hygiene could play a role, too.

The location of the acne breakout can give you a clue in determining the cause. If it’s on the T-Zone, pollution is likely to be the cause. If on the chin, hormones are to blame. If it appears on your forehead and temples, your eyeglasses or sunglasses might be the culprit if you are wearing them almost all the time.

Yes, the thing you use to improve your vision and to protect your eyes from the glaring sun rays could be the cause of your pimple ordeal. Here are four good reasons why your glasses may be guilty of causing your breakouts:

1. Your Glasses can Collect Particles and Bacteria From the Environment

eyeglass frameGoing out in the streets and anywhere out of the home and office, your eyeglass frame can collect dust, dirt, and bacteria. These accumulated particles and germs can transfer into the skin then clog the hair follicle and cause acne.

To prevent this from happening, you should wash your glasses, not just the lenses, at least once every day. You can use an ordinary bath soap and warm water. Rinse and then wipe it with a clean cloth made from microfibers or with a paper towel. You can also wipe the frames clean with a rubbing alcohol.

You don’t have to go to the extent of boiling your glasses or using strong cleansers to get rid of the bacteria. Doing this will degenerate the material that may cause skin allergies. If you’re not using them, store them in an eyeglasses case, instead of just placing them on a surface where they can come into contact with bacteria.

Apart from washing your glasses, you should also wash your face after spending long hours outdoors to get rid of the particles on your face.

2. The Frames can Collect Oil and Irritants From Skincare Products

The use of comedogenic skincare products or makeup may also trigger acne. Skincare products contain oil similar to the oil naturally produced by the skin. That’s why makeup may cause acne, too.

Even if you don’t have oily skin, the oil from these products can accumulate on your glasses and transfer to the skin. Choose skin care products carefully and read labels. Buy non-comedogenic makeup and opt for water-based moisturizer. Make sure your glasses are clean before wearing them.

3. Too Much Pressure From Your Glasses can Prevent Oil From Coming Out

adjust the frameTight glass frames can clog pores since they act as a plug to the hair follicles. They can collect dirt and bacteria from the environment and prevent natural oils and dead skin cells in the skin from coming out.

To avoid putting too much pressure and friction from tight frames, adjust the frame so that it provides enough comfort and grip. You can also choose slimmer frames. They are a better option, since they cover less area of the skin.

4. The Frames Can Accumulate Oil From the Skin and Other Products

The main culprit of acne is too much oil in the skin. Your skin naturally releases oil to keep it soft and to get rid of dead skin cells. If your glasses start to slip down your nose bridge, it is a sure sign your face is accumulating oil in the area. Don’t use your shirt for wiping the grease off, since it is likely to be dirty, as well. Keep alcohol pads handy wherever you go.

Putting your glasses on your head is also a bad habit of avoiding acne. Your scalp produces natural oils,which can transfer to your face through your glasses. Some hair products are comedogenic, too. If you don’t want to keep losing your glasses, use croakies instead of placing it on your head.

You might have been wondering why your pimples are persistent, but now that you know, let us further break down the simple do’s and don’ts on how to avoid breakouts with or without your glasses:

  1. glasses on your head

    Photo by Tim Ronca / CC BY-SA

    Don’t just focus on cleaning the lenses; clean the frames as well by washing or wiping with sanitized pads.

  2. Once your glasses start to slip, it means your face is starting to get really Do not use your shirt in wiping the dirt and oil off.
  3. Adjust tight glass frames to prevent clogged pores on the area.
  4. Don’t place your glasses on your head. Use croakies.
  5. Don’t place your glasses anywhere when not in use. Store it in its case.
  6. Wash your face at least twice a day, morning and night. Do not use strong bath soaps and scrubs. Rigorous scrubbing stimulates the oil glands, and it’s something you don’t want to happen.
  7. When buying skincare products, read labels and choose noncomedogenic products.
  8. Remove makeup before going to bed.
  9. If acne breakouts become persistent, check with your doctor.

The definite cause of acne remains unknown. Though, doctors say hormones, lifestyle, and environment all play a role. Now, they have to include wearing glasses on their list.


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