Why Do My Glasses’ Nose Pads Leave Marks on My Nose?

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Have you had that issue where when you take off your glasses you see the imprint of the nose pads left on the skin of your nose?

Those indent marks on your nose will be a bit red and can be a little sore & tender to touch.

There are some things you can look at doing to avoid this situation, which we will highlight below.

What Causes Nose Pads on Glasses to Leave Marks?

Marks left on the skin of your nose from the nose pads of eyewear are normally caused due to three reasons.

  1. The eyewear is too small for your face, so it puts more pressure on the skin of your nose
  2. The frames of the glasses are too big and heavy, so they will leave indents on your nose
  3. The bridge width of the eyeglasses or sunglasses is too narrow and will cause excess pressure where they contact your nose

How to Prevent Glasses' Nose Pads from Leaving Marks

The solutions to help reduce the risk of the nose pads on your eyewear from leaving pressure marks on your nose are pretty simple.

1. Try Adjust the Nose Pads

The easiest solution to preventing nose pads from leaving marks is to adjust the nose pads on the glasses.

What you need to do is to open them slightly wider so that they out less pressure on the skin of your nose.

2. Try Buy a Pair of Low Bridge Fit Glasses

You can buy a pair of glasses designed for a low bridge fit. These types of frames have deeper nose pads and longer temples, which can make the nose pads sit more comfortably on your nose and reduce the risk of leaving big red marks on your nose after wearing them.

3. Try Nose Pads Made from Different Materials

The nose pads on glasses can be made from a material that could be too hard for your skin.

Nose pads made from harder plastic can be less forgiving and cause focal pressure build up where it is pushing into your nose.

Silicone nose pads tend to be more forgiving and allow the pressure of the glasses sitting on you nose' skin to be more distributed across a larger surface area.

4. Make Sure the Glasses Fit Your Head Size

Glasses have different measurements to help you determine what size of glasses you normally need to wear to fit your face properly.

If you are wearing frames that are too small for your head then there is not much you can do other than buy a new pair of glasses that are more suitable for you.

Final Thoughts

Unfortunately, the nose pads on glasses can end of leaving marks on your nose if the glasses are ill-fitting to your face.

There are ways to solve and help prevent this problem from happening.

We recommend reading - How to Measure Your Face for Glasses

You can also filter our BON CHARGE eyewear range by nose bridge options for low bridge fits or standard bridge fits to help you try avoid this issue.

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