Are Your Glasses Giving You Acne?

Are Your Glasses Giving You Acne?

Ever get frustrated because pimples keep popping up on your nose bridge area? Still lost why you seem to get acne in the most unusual places around your eyes?

Well, perhaps you haven’t considered that your glasses might be giving you acne!

Now, you might think that this is such a precarious situation — after all, the easiest way to get rid of acne caused by wearing glasses is to stop wearing them in the first place… but how can you do that, if your eyesight will end up suffering?

Thankfully, that’s not going to be a problem for you.

In this article, Venofye will be dissecting how glasses cause acne, and what you can do to prevent that from happening.

What Causes Acne?


Woman looking at skin in mirror

It’s best to begin with a brief recap on what causes acne in the first place, so we can better understand how this relates to wearing glasses. Acne is one of the most common skin conditions out there, which is why you’ll find several Venofye products designed to promote clearer and breakout-free skin. 

Hair follicles abound in the skin’s surface—these are small holes from which hair grows. Attached to them are sebaceous glands, which are responsible for producing sebum—an oily substance that lubricates the hair and the skin to prevent them from drying out.

Now, why are these structures important?

It’s because acne develops when these follicles become clogged, usually by a mixture of excess sebum and dead skin cells. The plugged follicle can then become inflamed, creating a bump on the skin’s surface. This bump is what we come to know as acne.

There are different kinds of acne. The most common ones would be whiteheads and blackheads. Whiteheads are closed bumps on the skin; meanwhile blackheads are open bumps, which, upon exposure to oxygen, gains its black color. When infected by bacteria, particularly the acne-causing Propionibacterium acnes, acne can manifest as red bumps (called papules) or contain pus inside (called pustules).

Here at Venofye, people often ask what causes acne. It can be said that four major factors play a role in an acne breakout:

  • Clogged follicles – acne is formed when hair follicles get clogged with oil and dead skin cells.
  • Oil production – higher oil production makes a person more susceptible to acne, as there is a higher risk of excess sebum plugging the follicle
  • Bacterial growth – with excessive sebum production comes a risk for bacteria in the skin to multiply, which can later infect the clogged follicles and cause the formation of papules or pustules.
  • Inflammation – acne involves inflammation of the clogged follicles, which makes them red in color.

How Do Glasses Cause Acne?


Glasses on counter

From accumulating dirt to causing friction with the skin, there are many ways your glasses may be harming your skin without you knowing it.

Venofye takes a look at how your glasses are causing your breakouts:

They Harbor Oil, Dirt, and Bacteria

Every day, your face is exposed to different acne-inducing factors. There’s dirt in the environment, there’s your skin producing sebum all the time, and there are dead skin cells on your face. As you deal with these factors throughout the day, your glasses remain sitting on your face.

Hence, it’s no surprise that over time, grime, dirt, bacteria, and excess oil can all build up on your glasses’ frame. We usually clean our lenses when they get dirty… but we don’t typically think the same for the frame. It can take days, or even weeks or months, before we remember to clean the frame of our glasses!

It doesn’t help that we have bad habits that make our glasses even more prone to dirt and bacteria build up. When we remove our glasses, we don’t usually store them back inside the container—we’re comfortable with putting our glasses on our head, atop the table, or even near the sink in a public restroom.

The result? You’re making your glasses even dirtier and full of bacteria!

See, that’s exactly how our glasses cause us acne!

Just imagine — with all of the dirt, excess oil, and dead skin cells accumulated on your glasses, it’s perfectly easy for those to clog your hair follicle and lead to an acne breakout. What’s more, because of the bacteria present on your glasses, it can easily infect the follicle, too, leading to papules or pustules.

Aside from this, when you place your glasses atop your head, you are also exposing it to products on your hair that may be irritating to the skin. Most ingredients in haircare products can be comedogenic or acne-causing, so putting them on the hair and then back to the face may irritate your skin and lead to acne formation.

They Put Pressure on Different Areas of the Skin

Aside from the accumulation of acne-causing bacteria and dirt on the skin, glasses also cause acne because of the constant friction and pressure it puts upon the skin.

This phenomenon is called acne mechanica.

In acne mechanica, the constant pressure on the skin prevents normal shedding of skin cells. What happens instead is that these skin cells clog the pores (check out these Venofye products if you’re having pore issues), ultimately leading to an acne breakout. This is especially true for people who constantly use oil-based products such as makeup, or who have oily, acne-prone skin.

Additionally, acne mechanica causes problems because it can trap sweat and heat, making the skin even more susceptible to acne.

How to Prevent Your Glasses from Causing Acne

Your glasses may cause acne, but it’s not something you can’t avoid. Don’t worry, you won’t have to ditch your glasses just to solve your acne problems! By properly cleaning and caring for your glasses, you won’t have to deal with acne mechanica again.

Here’s what you need to do:

Cleanse Your Face Thoroughly

Venofye Cleanser and toner

The first step towards healthier skin is to cleanse it properly. For acne breakouts caused by wearing glasses, this especially rings true! After all, it’s because of the oil, dirt, and dead skin buildup that you’re experiencing pimples in the first place.

When cleansing, pay more attention to areas often touched by your glasses, as these are most prone to acne. Cleansing these areas effectively will help you avoid developing pimples or zits on those specific regions.

If you wear makeup for most of the day, consider investing on makeup wipes, oil cleansers, or micellar water. These products are designed specifically to remove makeup—so, you won’t have to worry about your skin getting clogged by these products, especially when they’re oil-based. Follow this step with an effective cleanser to fully rid your face of dirt or impurities.

It’s a good practice to use gentle cleansers that won’t irritate or dehydrate your skin. Using strong cleansers may strip your skin of its natural oils, prompting it to overproduce sebum just to compensate for the lost oils.

Venofye’s Blossom Bee Skin Cleansing System effectively rids the skin of dirt, grease, and residual makeup. Packed with bee venom, it also delivers sufficient hydration to the skin, leaving it supple and moisturized. It also contains niacinamide, which is great for getting rid of blemishes and acne marks from your previous breakouts!

If you want something a bit more hydrating, you can also look at Venofye’s Queen Bee Cleansing Duo. This product contains Vitamin B3 and Hyaluronic acid to ensure your skin gets the hydration it needs.

Exfoliate Your Skin

Regular exfoliation aids in speeding up your dead skin turnover, which puts you at less risk of acne breakouts. It also helps clear your pores, which is also effective in preventing acne from occurring!

There are two options in exfoliating the skin—using physical exfoliators, like the Venofye Salt Scrub, which sloughs off dead skin cells on the skin’s surface; and using chemical exfoliators and fruit extracts containing alpha-hydroxy acids or beta-hydroxy acids, which penetrate the skin to get rid of dead skin cells.

We recommend using Venofye’s Blossom Bee Facial Peeling if you’re looking for a gentle physical exfoliator that effectively slough off your dead skin cells, but won’t dry out your skin. The Queen Bee Facial Peeling is also a great choice not only for exfoliating the skin, but also reducing the appearance of expression lines and wrinkles. 

Use Products Containing Salicylic Acid or Benzoyl Peroxide

Woman applying spot treatment

You can also check out spot treatments formulated specifically for fighting acne. These are especially useful if you’re just dealing with few pimples on your face. Products containing salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide are usual first-line medication against acne. These can readily be purchased over-the-counter, too!

Clean your glasses regularly

When we talk about cleaning the glasses, we don’t just mean the lenses. To fight against acne, make sure to clean the frame, especially the areas that are in constant contact with your skin.

The best way to do this is to wash the entire frame with soap and water. This way, you can be sure that you’re removing oil, dead skin, and even dirt that have built up and accumulated on the frame of your glasses. If you can’t do this when you’re out and about, you can instead clean your glasses with wet wipes, or with a soft cloth and alcohol.

Store Your Glasses in a Case When Not in Use

If you’re not using the container your glasses came with, you may want to rethink your decision.

Putting your glasses in their case doesn’t only protect them from damage—it protects your skin as well. This helps you prevent your glasses from accumulating dirt and environmental dust. You can also be sure that they won’t harbor bacteria when placed inside your bag, or when you need to remove them for a while.

Get Your Glasses Adjusted if Necessary

Woman adjusting glasses

If you find that your glasses are a bit too tight, it’s time to have it readjusted. The constant pressure that your tight glasses are placing upon your face may be contributing to your acne breakouts. After all, acne mechanica develops precisely because of pressure on certain areas of the skin.

Consequently, if your glasses are too loose, prompting you to push them up your nose quite often, it’s also best to get them adjusted. Moving them too often causes friction on the skin, which may lead to inflammation. Additionally, touching your glasses often may also lead you to transfer the bacteria and germs on your hands to your face, which isn’t ideal for preventing acne. 

Don’t Put Your Glasses on Your Head

It may be convenient to just put your glasses atop your head rather than remove them… but that’s also a recipe for acne breakouts! This is especially true if you use hair products often.

You see, putting your glasses on your head puts them in contact with your hair. This means that some of the hair products you use can get transferred to your glasses’ frame. Once you wear it again without cleaning, you’re introducing these hair products onto your skin. Unfortunately, most products are quite irritating to the skin, and some contain comedogenic ingredients that may clog the pores.

If you must remove your glasses, what you can do is to put your glasses inside their case instead. If this isn’t an option, then just ensure to wipe your glass frame clean before using them again!

Consider Switching to Contact Lenses Instead

If you’re not willing to go through all of these steps, why not switch to contact lenses instead? This way, you eliminate all of the possible risks of having an acne breakout from just wearing glasses regularly. This also ensures that your skin has room to breathe, as it’s free from the constant weight and pressure that glasses put onto the skin.


Your glasses, if not cared for and maintained properly, can certainly be the cause of your acne woes. But, that doesn’t mean you can’t do anything about it! This isn’t a problem that requires you to choose whether to keep your glasses and suffer from acne, or to ditch them for a flawless face.

All you have to do is to practice cleaning and maintaining your glasses properly, so that they won’t cause you any problems! Just make sure to keep them away from oil, dirt, and grime, and you’ll be good to go.

Next time around, you won’t have to dread seeing new pimples each time you remove your glasses!

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