After months of prescribing a new prescription, I finally dropped onto glasses that I absolutely love. But with them came a surprise: acne .
It seemed like there was a new pimple on my nose bridge every two days. Since I had not worn my old glasses and these pimples always appeared at this particular location, my beautiful new glasses were unfortunately the main suspect.
Sure, seeing is cool and all, but not great, if it did not cause outbursts as well? Yes! It would !!! I talked to an expert about how to handle this exact situation. I have learned the following.
How do I know if it really is acne?
The biggest indication that your glasses cause acne is the site where acne appears med. Laura Ferris ] Associate Professor in the Department of Dermatology at the University of Pittsburgh, tells SELF. The bridge of the nose, the cheeks on which the rims sit, and the ears on which they could rub are all ordinary places.
"The other [major sign] is when you can say," I did not have it "and then you suddenly develop it," Dr. Ferris. That's exactly what happened to me. Maybe these are your first frames and you get pimples in places you've never seen before. Or maybe you've taken a break from your glasses or alternated with contacts. Whatever the situation is, if you notice that you are getting acne that you did not have any glasses on before, this is another indication that your glasses are to blame.
But other conditions can mimic acne, even there. One, before the Dr. Ferris expressly warns, is called acanthoma fissurataum . This is a patch of thickened skin that experts believe to develop after a recurring trauma in one area – and this is particularly noticeable in spectacle wearers. If your lenses rub against the ears or the bridge of the nose, they could cause it.
How do eyeglasses cause acne?
"It's really too much pressure," Ferris explains. This form of acne – acne mechanica – develops when something presses on the skin, which prevents the normal peeling of skin cells, she says. Instead, these skin cells clog your pores and lead to acne. Oily skin and thicker make-up only contribute to this.
Acne mechanica is also common in for athletes or when wearing restrictive sportswear, as this clothing may also include sweat and heat. It is even more likely that pressure from clothing or equipment will cause acne in areas where in which these garments lie.
That's the way to go.
If you are sure that this is acne, there are certain ways to treat both bumps in those sensitive areas of your face and prevent them from returning.
Re-attach the glasses. If you find you often need to push your glasses into your nose or are so fat or heavy you cause acne in the cheek area where the lenses touch your face, you should go to your ophthalmologist or wherever you have your glasses to adapt, Dr. Ferris. "Sometimes [the answer is] new bridges are put on the nose, so that the pressure is distributed," she says.
Wipe your glasses frequently. "Make sure you clean your glasses," Dr. Ferris. She suggests wiping herself with an alcohol swab every evening and wiping over any area that touches your face.
Use a mature acne washing machine. Using an OTC Acne Wash with Salicylic Acid At night is an easy way to cope with mild acne all over your face. Ferris, especially if you notice it on your cheeks and not just on the bridge of your nose.
Use over-the-counter spot treatment. If your acne bumps are primarily confined to one area of your face, such as the bridge of your nose, then a spot treatment containing salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide is the best way to go. Ferris. Other options include overnight acne patches and prescription topical antibiotics.
If possible, wear glasses. Your glasses obviously serve a very important purpose. However, if you are able to take breaks during the day, it reduces the likelihood that they will cause acne. Ferris.
Use a make-up remover before cleaning. "Make sure you really put off your makeup," Dr. Ferris. Building makeup under your glasses can definitely contribute to acne. So you need to make sure everything is turned off – with the help of a make-up remover or with micellar water – even before you wash your face, she explains. (And when it comes to washing, you're choosing a non-oil based cleanser, she says.)
Use concealer with salicylic acid. While your acne is healing, Dr. Ferris plans to go with concealer containing salicylic acid to continue treating it while covering up bumps.
When to ask for a dermine.
If you're not sure if you have acne or something else, it's always such a good idea to talk to a specialist. And if you believe that acne does not go away with these measures, or if you also have a lot of acne in other areas of your face, it is important that you ask your derma about the best way. They may be able to prescribe you an antibiotic that can better take care of the acne.
And if your bumps do not disappear or do not seem to heal, they may be a sign of another condition. including skin cancer – you may want to be followed up sooner rather than later Ferris.
But for most of us with glasses, acne is a common but manageable problem.