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Can Plastic Glasses Frames Cause Redness on Your Face?

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For those of us reliant on eyeglasses for clear vision, the choice of frame material might be dictated more by fashion or budget than by how it interacts with our skin. However, an increasing number of lens wearers are discovering that their choice in frames, particularly plastic ones, can lead to unexpected skin irritation such as redness.

Plastic frames can cause redness on your face, the most common culprit being allergic reactions to the materials used in manufacturing the frames. Here, we’ll explore why this happens and how you can prevent it, ensuring comfort doesn’t take a back seat to style.

Why Do Plastic Frames Cause Redness?

Allergic Reactions

The most common culprit behind the redness and irritation caused by plastic frames is an allergic reaction to the materials used in manufacturing these frames. Many plastic frames are made from a type of plastic called acetate. While this material is generally considered hypoallergenic, the chemicals used in coloring and processing the plastic can still trigger allergies in some individuals.

Pressure Points

Eyeglasses rest on two primary contact points on the face: the bridge of the nose and behind the ears. Improperly adjusted frames can exert continual pressure on these points, leading to skin irritation and redness over time. Furthermore, if the adjustment is off, this pressure can also cause discomfort and even indentations.

Build-up of Dirt and Oils

The skin produces oils and sheds dead skin cells daily, and dirt from the environment can also accumulate on the skin’s surface. Plastic, being a non-porous material, doesn’t absorb anything, but it can collect oils, dirt, and debris on its underside. This accumulation, over time, may irritate the skin and can lead to redness, acne, or even dermatitis in the areas where the frames make contact.

How to Prevent Redness

Choose Hypoallergenic Materials

For those with sensitive skin, opting for frames made from hypoallergenic materials such as titanium or stainless steel might be the way to go. These materials are far less likely to cause allergic reactions. Moreover, they’re more durable and lightweight as well.

Ensure Proper Fit

A proper fit is crucial to avoiding the excessive pressure that leads to redness and irritation. Frames that are too tight are a recipe for discomfort. It’s worth making a trip to an optician to ensure your glasses are correctly adjusted to your face shape. If you’re experiencing significant discomfort, it’s best to consult with an optometrist.

Regular Cleaning

Maintaining cleanliness is key to preventing skin irritation. Regularly cleaning not only the lenses but the frames as well with mild soap and warm water can remove the build-up of oils, makeup, and dirt, helping to reduce the risk of irritation. Additionally, wiping down the frames with an alcohol wipe or a lens cleaner can also help to remove bacteria and debris.

Skin Care

Applying a barrier cream on the areas where your glasses touch your face can help reduce friction and protect your skin from irritation. Opt for non-comedogenic products that won’t clog your pores to maintain skin health. Furthermore, regularly exfoliating your skin can help to prevent the build-up of dead skin cells and oils that contribute to redness.

Rotate Frames

If possible, alternate between different pairs of glasses. This approach minimizes the constant pressure and friction on the same areas of your face, giving your skin periods of relief and time to recover from any irritation.

While plastic frames are a popular choice for many eyeglass wearers, being mindful of how they can affect your skin is important. By understanding the potential for irritation and taking steps to mitigate it, you can ensure that your glasses remain a comfortable and stylish part of your daily life. Whether you’re a long-time wearer or picking out your first pair, remembering these tips can help keep your focus sharp and your skin clear.

The Way Toward Your Eye Health

Moving forward, the integration of preventive measures and increased awareness among eyewear users and manufacturers alike could further minimize the occurrence of skin irritation due to plastic frames. Manufacturers investing in innovative, skin-friendly materials and technology will pave the way for more comfortable and safer eyewear options. 

Meanwhile, eyeglass wearers should remain informed about the materials and fitting of their frames, making conscious choices that prioritize both style and health. Ultimately, the goal is to achieve a harmonious balance where vision correction does not compromise skin comfort, allowing for a seamless incorporation of eyewear into daily life.

When to Seek Professional Help

Despite taking preventive measures, some individuals may continue to experience redness or irritation caused by their eyewear. In such cases, it’s crucial to consult a professional who can pinpoint the specific cause and provide tailored solutions. If you’re struggling with discomfort from your glasses, don’t hesitate to contact Bettner Vision Inc. 

Our team of eye care professionals are equipped to assess your situation, recommend appropriate eyewear materials, and ensure a perfect fit to alleviate your symptoms. Book an appointment with Bettner Vision Inc. today and take the first step towards comfortable, clear vision without compromising the health of your skin.

Written by Dr. Christopher Bettner, OD

Dr. Christopher Bettner has been serving the optometric needs of Colorado Springs since 1995. He is trained in ocular pathology with an emphasis in the treatment and management of ocular disease, including diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, and pre- and post-operative care.

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