64% of the American population wear glasses to correct their vision. Yet, one of the biggest complaints from glasses wearers is that their specs cause acne. And while dermatology professor, Laura Ferris M.D., Ph.D. confirms that there is a very high possibility that your glasses could be causing an unsightly breakout on your skin, she also confirms that there are plenty of things you can do to prevent your skin from being impacted every time you pop your specs on.

Clean your glasses

Research has found that 95% of glasses contain an excessive amount of bacteria. It’s no surprise that the average pair of glasses is so dirty considering you use your hands to take them on and off. To keep germs at bay and to reduce the chance of them getting into your pores and causing acne, you should regularly clean your glasses with soap and water. It’s also worth keeping some glasses wipes handy for when you’re on the go.

Treat your acne with salicylic acid

Salicylic acid is a powerful ingredient which works its way deep into your pores. It also boasts anti-inflammatory benefits. As such, it’s ideal for use on acne caused by your glasses. It’s recommended that you use cleansers containing salicylic acid every morning and night. You can also use a concealer which has salicylic acid within it to both conceal and treat your acne during the day.

Check that your glasses fit

If your acne breakout coincides with you getting a brand new pair of specs, then there’s a good chance that the frames are a little too tight and need re-adjusting. Alternatively, if your glasses are on the old side and you find that you’re constantly pushing them up your nose, then your acne is caused by friction and your frames need reviewing. Either way, pop down to your opticians to get them checked out.

Thoroughly cleanse your skin after wearing glasses

Due to the weight of them on your face, glasses can push makeup and dirt deeper into your pores. If this debris is allowed to remain within your pores, they’ll become clogged and you’re likely to experience a breakout. But by simply investing a little extra time into this area when you’re removing your makeup, washing, cleansing, and moisturizing your face you’ll reduce your chances of acne appearing. Dr. Ferris recommends using micellar water or traditional makeup remover before cleansing with an oil-free cleanser every night.

Seek expert advice for your acne

When acne occurs, it’s always worth using an over-the-counter treatment to combat it. Acne face washes, topical creams, and gels are readily available and should alleviate symptoms almost immediately. However, if they don’t improve your acne, or if you start to experience acne in places other than your nose, under-eye area and around your ears, then there’s a good chance that it’s not just your glasses which are responsible. In which case, you should seek the advice of a dermatologist who will be able to get to the root cause of your breakouts.

Many glasses wearers complain of acne around the eye, nose, and cheek region. Thankfully, there are some simple steps you can take to alleviate your acne and to reduce the chances of it recurring. These steps include adopting a thorough cleaning routine, using your glasses less often, and making every effort to remove all traces of makeup at the end of the day.