Get rid of marks left by glasses

By on December 13, 2011

 Get rid of marks left by glasses

Whether you wear glasses to correct your vision, for vanity’s sake, or to shield your eyes from the sun, the red marks they can leave behind on your skin can be a real problem. These red marks can occur on either side of your nose, on the bridge of your nose, and under your lower eyelids; they can make your skin itch and your glasses feel uncomfortable. At times, these marks can spread and even become infected. But there are ways to prevent the red marks or to get rid of them. Try these simple strategies.

Right look, right fit! Make sure your glasses fit properly to get rid of red marks. They should sit comfortably on your face, without slipping, moving, or pinching. Ask an optician to check the fit of your glasses to make sure they are the right size and shape for you, and to ensure they are adjusted properly.
Keep them clean. Wipe your glasses clean every night. You already clean the lenses to see properly — don’t forget the frames! Sweat, dirt, and oils can build up on your frames and cause red marks.
Choose comfort over beauty. Consider switching from plastic frames to metal ones, as these can reduce or eliminate red marks left by glasses.
Take them off. Remove glasses when you perspire. Sweat trapped by glasses can cause red marks. Pat skin dry before putting glasses back on.
Get a second pair. Often, switching glasses from day to day can get rid of the red marks.
Attack the red marks before they develop. Treat dry skin around your eyes with a hypoallergenic moisturizing cream before putting on glasses. Dryness of the skin can make it easier for glasses to leave red marks behind.
Wash up. At night, be sure to wash your face properly to reduce red marks and irritation from glasses. Use a toner to tighten skin and shrink pores so glasses are less likely to cause the marks.
Get backup lenses. Consider wearing contact lenses, especially when exercising, so that the red marks caused by your glasses have time to heal.
Create a barrier. Dab cornstarch baby powder on the frames of your glasses so they won’t irritate your skin and cause it to become red.
Stop rubbing your eyes. Rubbing worsens red marks caused by glasses!