Summer is here, which means it’s that time of year when we bust out our cute sunnies. Since June is also Acne Awareness Month, we wanted to know if our favorite pair of sunglasses can lead to unwanted breakouts or if they can make our existing acne worse.
It’s no secret that we sweat more in the summertime, and when we add makeup to the mix, it can all stick to our sunnies and possibly cause acne. To figure out if sunglasses can really lead to breakouts, we asked Dr. Joshua Zeichner, Director of Cosmetic and Clinical Research at NYC’s Mount Sinai Hospital. He told HelloGiggles:
He explained that there are ways to keep this from happening or to avoid it completely. And while some of it might seem like common sense — like the fact that you should clean your sunglasses regularly — he made some helpful points.
Dave Allison, founder of sunglasses brand Sunday Somewhere, offered specific tips on keeping our shades clean to help the fight against acne. He suggested that we not only clean the lenses but also wipe our frame and nose area with a soft cloth to remove oil and debris. He also recommended that we should “wash the entire frame with mild soap and water to remove any dead skin cells and oil left over after cleaning the frame with a soft cloth.”
Allison also advises to store sunnies in its container, which will help prevent future or existing breakouts. He explained:
So what should you do if you already have pimples due to wearing sunglasses? Dr. Zeichner offered a few solutions, including key acne-fighting ingredients. “For over-the-counter, look for acne treatment products that contain benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid.”
Dr. Zeichner also shared a few products you can easily pick up at the drugstore to help with breakouts, including the Dove Exfoliating Beauty Bar. It offers gentle manual exfoliation to keep pores clear, while respecting the skin barrier. It is a great daily option for people who suffer from occasional breakouts. Also, the St. Ives Blackhead Clearing Scrub. If you have very oily skin and frequent breakouts, this scrub combines manual exfoliation with salicylic acid. Lastly, a spot treatment with a salicylic acid gel in the area that your glasses touch the skin can help prevent breakouts.”
When it comes to wearing both makeup and sunglasses, Dr. Zeichner suggested we be mindful of the products we use so that we can prevent or help current breakouts.
Hopefully, these tips help you out if you’re dealing with pesky breakouts due to sunglasses. Because one thing is for sure: We are not giving up our sunnies this time of year.