Why Does My Face Feel Oily When I Wear Glasses?

You may wonder “why does my face feel oily when I wear glass?“. This post should answer clearly.

Oily skin is very common and this makes people feel uncomfortable especially when they wear glasses or sunglasses. People with oily skin may also feel that their glasses slide down their noses throughout the day and that they could see better if only they could wear contact lenses.

However, as a general rule, people with oily skin do not have to wear contact lenses as they can normally wear glasses without any problems. Although there is no medical reason why you should not be able to wear your glasses if you have oily skin, it may still be difficult to keep them clean and prevent them from becoming smudged or obscured by oil.

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Can glasses cause oily skin?

Yes, it can. The reason why your face feels oily when wearing glasses is that the glasses’ nose pads push against your skin and this causes the area where the glasses have made contact with your skin to produce more sebum in order to protect itself from being chafed. Not only the nose pads, the plastic/metal of the glass frame can also cause your skin to produce more sebum under it, this is because this part of the glass rubs against your cheek.

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The skin often produces oil when the pores are blocked in some way. This is why people who wear glasses can experience an increase in oil production where their frames or nose pads touch their skin. When the skin is not irritated by the pressure of the glass’s nose pads, the sebum production will settle down again to normal levels.

To improve the situation, try to use better nose pads, it will help the glasses’ frame to be kept off of your skin. Another alternative is to get glasses with adjustable nose pads so that you can adjust them to fit properly. And if you can, wearing contact lenses would be a better choice.

Why do my glasses get so greasy?

Your glasses tend to get greasy due to several factors. The grease or smudges on your glasses often come from the natural oils produced by your skin. Your face contains sebaceous glands that produce these oils, and when your glasses come into contact with your skin – particularly on the bridge of your nose and the back of your ears – the oils transfer onto the lenses. This phenomenon is more noticeable if you have oily or combination skin.

Additionally, makeup, moisturizers, and skincare products can contribute to the greasiness of your glasses. Oily eyelids and eyelashes can also transfer grease when they touch the lenses. Regular cleaning with a microfiber cloth and lens cleaner can help keep your glasses clear and smudge-free. So, in short, blame your body’s natural oil production and your skincare routine for the constant struggle to keep your glasses looking spotless!

How to keep glasses clean with oily skin?

The sebum that is produced in order to protect the skin can cause oily stains to appear on glasses. This is particularly noticeable if you have light-colored frames or lenses, but can be seen on any type of tinted lens. The more oily sebum that the skin produces under the glasses, the worse the stains appear.

If you have oily skin and you wear glasses, here are some tips to keep your glasses clean:

Warm water is the best method to clean your frames. Use a mild liquid, such as lotion-free dish soap, and massage it onto your frames with your fingertips. Rinse the frames well under warm water again. Clean the nose pads and earpieces of your frames using a damp towelette soaked in rubbing alcohol.

Blot your nose with a tissue or a piece of cloth every time you take your glasses off. This will help remove the oils from your skin that can make the glasses smudged and dirty.

Use a gentle cleanser for greasy skin to wash your face or use a cleansing wipe. Do not scrub your face too hard when washing it as this could irritate your skin and make the oil production worse.

Avoid using skincare/makeup products that contain oil or comedogenic ingredients, this worsens the problem of oily skin.

Clean your glasses more often than usual, especially after applying skincare/makeup products.

Best glasses for oily skin

You need special nose pads for glasses if you have oily skin:

Why does my nose get oily when I wear glasses?

The same reason as to why your face gets oily when you wear glasses applies here as well. People with combination skin type tend to get their T-zone oily and this includes the nose, forehead, and chin. Because of the combination skin, only their nose gets oily when wearing glasses, not their cheek.

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Final thought

If you’re one of the many people who suffer from oily skin, don’t worry – you’re not alone. This article has outlined some tips on how to keep your glasses clean and free of oil stains, no matter how oily your skin may be. By using a combination of warm water, mild soap, and rubbing alcohol, you can remove most of the dirt and sebum that accumulates on your glasses frames. Blotting your nose with a tissue every time you take your glasses off will help keep the oils at bay, and using a gentle cleanser for greasy skin will help wash away any excess sebum. If all else fails, try cleaning your glasses more often than usual; just make sure to avoid skincare or makeup products that contain pore-clogging ingredients. This will not only help keep your glasses clean, but it will also have a skincare benefit as well!

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References: https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/itchy-skin/symptoms-causes/syc-20355006

Halle Jackson
Halle Jackson
My name is Halle Jackson and I am a dermatologist, skincare specialist, and makeup artist. I am also a content writer for TheVenusFace.com. Through my writing, I aim to educate and inspire readers to take control of their skin health and beauty. I believe that everyone deserves to feel confident and comfortable in their own skin, and I am committed to sharing my knowledge and expertise to help make that a reality.