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How to Stop Your Glasses Leaving Marks on Your Nose

Pixie Tan

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Pixie Tan

Updated: 12 June 2024 •  
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So, you’ve finally found the glasses of your dreams – they’re stylish and they complement your skin tone, wardrobe, and lifestyle. Great!
There’s just one tiny problem: after some time of wearing them, you notice they leave splotchy red marks or dark indents on your nose bridge.
Don’t worry! Lots of bespectacled people have faced the same problem, especially after wearing glasses over a longer period of time. Regardless of whether you’re looking for a quick fix or a long-term solution to the problem, there are plenty of ways to get rid of these nose marks – read on to find out more!

Why do glasses leave marks on my nose?

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Tired of red marks on your nose bridge?

There are many reasons why glasses may leave marks on your nose, but the long and short of it is that they often simply don’t fit you well enough.
Some of the more common reasons include:

  • The bridge of the eyewear does not fit your faceIf you have ill-fitting nose pads on your glasses, you may feel that they squeeze your nose a little too tightly, or are positioned too high up or low on your nose bridge. Some glasses have adjustable nose pads, which might fix this problem, but otherwise, you could also try to adjust the glasses temples or bring your glasses to a professional for a resize.

  • Your glasses are the wrong sizeAnother common problem is that your spectacles are too small or too big for your head. Overly small glasses might cause the nose pads to press into your nose and may even have frames that stick too closely to the sides of your face. Glasses that are too big on the other hand, might constantly slide down your nose, irritating your skin.

  • The spectacles are too bulkyIf your glasses are too heavy or too big, they may also leave unpleasant dark indents on your nose. On top of leaving marks, bulky glasses are also uncomfortable to wear, and may even cause migraines if worn over long periods of time.

  • The weight of the glasses is not evenly distributedGlasses that are asymmetrical or simply not fitted properly could weigh more heavily on one side of your head. This could leave red marks on your nose and put stress on your ears, so it’s best to have them checked out by a professional as soon as possible.

In general, glasses that are designed well and fitted properly should not leave any marks on your face or put pressure anywhere that comes in contact with your head. So, you can rest assured that any red indents or discomfort that come from wearing glasses can and should be fixed.

Short-term fixes to get rid of nose marks

If you’re looking for a quick and easy solution to getting rid of the marks, here are some of the best short-term fixes you might like to try out.

Take some preventive measures

You might have heard of some of these, but there are tons of eyewear accessories that can help reduce or eliminate the irritation of your skin completely. Amongst some of the more popular accessories would be a lanyard, as wearing your glasses around your neck during the times when you do not need them allows your nose bridge and ears time to relax and reduce red marks.
Other accessories include anti-slip nose pads, soft frame sleeve retainers, anti-slip frame holders and more.
Alternatives to eyewear accessories also consist of pasting acne patches or a bandage around your nose bridge to avoid the glasses from directly pressing into the sore area.

Show some love to your skin

Once your skin starts hurting, you could also instantly relieve the pain by treating the affected area with skincare products such as cooling aloe vera gel or some hypoallergenic and gentle-on-skin moisturizer. Not only will this help your skin recuperate from the irritation faster, it could also provide a thin layer of protection for when you put on your glasses again.
If you don’t have any skincare products handy, you could also physically relieve the pain through massaging your nose, washing your face or simply taking off your glasses for a short time to give your skin a break.

Long-term solutions to avoiding red nose marks

Once you have time, however, a visit to your optometrist might be needed in order to solve the problem permanently. Even if you don’t know the exact cause of the irritation, your optometrist should be able to suggest different solutions that could help you.

Adjusting different parts of your glasses

Maybe it’s the frames that are causing the dark indents, maybe it’s the nose pads. In any case, you may be able to adjust the way your glasses fit from home. Alternatively, your optometrist should be able to help you adjust them or even swap them out for different parts to ensure that your glasses are comfortable for you to wear.

Opt for something more lightweight

However, in the event that your eyewear is not adjustable, or if they still cause discomfort even after adjustments, it might be time to consider other eyewear options.
A big factor to consider would be the spectacles’ weight. Titanium glasses are one of the most lightweight options in the market, and what’s more is that they are sleek, classy, and currently one of the hottest glasses trends.
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Another way to decrease the weight of your glasses is to go for high-index lenses, especially if you have stronger prescriptions. With these special lenses, you won’t need to worry about your eyewear looking or feeling clunky, and also avoid those unpleasant marks on your skin.

Tips & tricks to decrease the chance of getting nose marks

In addition to all of the solutions above, there are also many little tips and tricks that you could adopt to reduce the chances of nose marks.

Clean everything regularly

And this includes both your face as well as your glasses!
While it may not be apparent to the naked eye, all kinds of irritants are constantly building up on our glasses, from dead skin cells and bacteria to dust and sweat. Washing both your face and eyewear on a regular basis would help to remove these irritants and ensure a cleaner and more comfortable day-to-day experience. Here’s our step-by-step guide on cleaning your eyeglasses.

Cater to your skin type

Even though this might seem a little far-fetched, one way to reduce red spots caused by glasses on your skin is to cater to your skin type.
An example of this would be to find a skincare routine that works for you. With the right skincare products, such as moisturizer or essence, you could create a protective barrier between your skin and your glasses, all while strengthening your skin’s health.
For those with sensitive skin, it might also be worth it to look into lightweight glasses or soft, silicone eyewear accessories to reduce your glasses’ impact on your skin.

Make sure your glasses are right for you

Last but not least, it’s important to make sure that you get the right measurements for your glasses before you make your purchase. This would greatly reduce the chance of your glasses irritating your skin as well as the need for adjustments in the future.

How should glasses fit your face?

Well, the first thing to keep in mind is that there are different types and styles of eyewear that would fit different face shapes. If you have a lower nose bridge, for example, you could look into low-bridge glasses or glasses with adjustable nose pads for maximum comfort.
On top of that, as mentioned before, you would also want to make sure that the spectacles’ measurements are fitted properly for your face. If you’re unsure how to get the proper measurements for your glasses, here’s everything you need to know about getting the right glasses size.
If you think that a minor adjustment would improve how the glasses fit for you, you could also try to adjust your own glasses at home – just as long as the adjustments are minor and don’t require any special tools! If all else fails, you can always bring your spectacles to your optometrist so they could have a look at them.

Find your perfect fit at Mouqy

Red marks on the nose is a common problem for people who wear glasses, and they’re also relatively easy to fix, so there’s nothing to worry about!
If you’re thinking of finding a good pair of glasses that would fit you, why not check out some of Mouqy’s latest glasses collection? Who knows? You just might find your perfect fit.

Pixie Tan

Written by:

Pixie Tan

Pixie is a freelance writer who's spent more of her life writing than not. She's written for a range of industries like travel and entertainment.