Poor diet and feeling stressed are two common causes of pimples between your eyebrows. However, they aren’t the only reasons you might be getting stubborn acne in this area.

If you wear glasses, your frames could easily be contributing to your breakouts. Glasses can become dirty and harbor bacteria which is easily transferred to your eyebrows.

You don’t need to ditch your glasses to achieve a blemish-free state once more. Here is what you need to know:

  • The frame and lenses of your glasses accumulate oil, dirt and bacteria throughout the day.
  • Cleaning your glasses regularly and storing them properly can help reduce acne breakouts.
  • Treating your problem areas with a men’s skin care system is key to keeping acne at bay.

Why Your Glasses May Cause Eyebrow Acne

Why do glasses cause eyebrow acne? The short answer is bacteria, but there is more to it than you might think.

Daily Exposure to Bacteria

Most men who need glasses wear them all day and only take them off to sleep. Although there is nothing wrong with this, it does mean that you and your glasses are exposed to millions of bacteria each day (see claim: “Humans are exposed to millions of potential pathogens daily…”)

The dirt and grime that gets on your hands can be easily transferred to your glasses. Think about how often you touch your glasses throughout the day. With each touch, you’re spreading bacteria that could be contributing to your eyebrow acne.

Friction and Pressure from the Frames

Glasses shouldn’t touch your forehead. That being said, most glasses will ride up or make contact with your eyebrows throughout the day.

The pressure from your frames can clog your pores and cause breakouts. When acne is caused by friction, pressure and heat, it is known as acne mechanica.

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Bad Habits

Some of your bad eyewear habits could be contributing to your acne. For instance, how often do you rest your glasses on the top of your head?

It seems like an innocent thing to do, but your hair has natural oils in it that can be transferred to your glasses. These oils can clog your pores and trigger breakouts.

Another bad eyewear habit is storing your glasses in your bathroom and other unsanitary places. Bathrooms—especially public restrooms—are riddled with bacteria.

In fact, one study found that surfaces of public restrooms have an abundance of skin-related bacterium such as staph, strep and propionibacteriaceae (acne-causing bacteria) (see claim: “Within these dominant phyla, taxa typically associated with human skin…”) Placing your glasses on these surfaces even for one second is enough for them to pick up this bacteria.

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The Right Way to Clean Your Glasses

If dirty frames are the reason behind your eyebrow acne, the fix is fairly straightforward. By learning how to clean your frames properly, you can eliminate acne-causing bacteria on your glasses.

To clean your glasses the right way, wash your hands with warm soap and water first. Next, run the frames under warm water to remove dirt and debris and apply dish soap.

Use dish soap to clean them and wash the soap away with warm water once again.

Blot the frames with a microfiber cotton cloth. To wash the lenses specifically, use an eyewear lens cleaner and microfiber cloth.

Say Goodbye to Eyebrow Acne for Good

Even with taking proper care of your glasses, you may still struggle to completely eradicate your eyebrow acne. That’s why you need an acne treatment system designed to handle the occasional blemish and breakout.

When searching for an acne treatment system, make sure to look for one that is formulated specifically for your skin. Men are often unaware that they have different skin care needs than women do and, as such, they require a men’s acne treatment system to achieve the best results.

The best acne treatment system for men should include a deep cleanser, exfoliating scrub, moisturizer and acne cream. An effective acne cream should contain a powerful active ingredient, such as Salicylic Acid.

Final Thoughts

You don’t need to give up your glasses to achieve amazing, healthy skin. All it takes are a few simple tweaks to your daily routine to achieve a blemish-free state once more.

Besides, keeping your specs clean will help you prevent eye infections as well. If you need to, set up an alert in your phone that reminds you to clean your glasses regularly!