Acne break-outs happen. Young and old alike. Despite the common nature of this disorder, one can’t help but think backwards and try to figure out what caused the pimple parade. Not enough sleep? That chocolate bar you ate? Your new love interest? Perhaps it is more obvious – you may not be cleaning your glasses!
Between observing acne patterns on patients I see daily in the clinic and input from a dermatologist fried, you may be re-contaminating yourself without knowing it. Glasses can transfer decomposing facial oils and bacterial colonies back onto your face after your wash and shower. Think of how many times you touch your glasses, place them on various surfaces and how many hours you wear them. If you aren’t washing them at least weekly, you are getting them dirtier every hour and therefore your face and ears, too.
In order to allow your facial skin to be its healthiest and avoid a common source of acne break-outs, wash your glasses often. This includes washing the temples (the parts which go around your ears), the nose pads or saddle bridge, the lenses and frame as a whole. Simply use a foaming soap dispenser filled with a nice dish washing soap such as Dawn, warm water and then pat dry with a 100% cotton towel. Just about every eyeglass frame can tolerate this type of gentle cleaning with the exception of some less common stained or natural wood eyeglasses. As a nice side benefit, you’ll have sparkling glasses and clearer vision!