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Are Your Wayfarers Causing Breakouts?

by Madison Ruggieri on June 2, 2014.

With the approaching warm summer months comes the opportunity to shed your long sleeve layers and get out to the pool or beach. While the sun provides our planet with warmth and light, it also produces dangerous rays that harm the earth’s inhabitants. Not only do you have to worry about proper hydration, appropriate layers of deodorant (one more ought to do it), and skin protection, but you also have to protect your eyes and look cool doing it.

Luckily for us, there are a plethora of stylish sunglass brands and styles to fit every face shape and style preference. The downfall? Increased use of sunglasses mixed with sweat and sunscreen can clog pores and lead to unattractive beach season acne – smack dab in the middle of your face. 

Those Ray Bans up your style ante but they also come into direct contact with the pores around your eyes, along your forehead and across your nose. Not only does this clog your pores but it also spreads oil and dirt across your skin. Your sunglasses may also displace your daily application of moisturizer or sunscreen…raccoon eyes, anyone?

Another pore-clogging catastrophe surrounding your Maui Jims is the increased contact between your hands and your face. Your hands touch everything around you and transport all that grit and grime from your girlfriend’s beach tote directly to your face where that dirt makes a comfy little home in your pores. 

So how to prevent beach season outbreaks? Start by giving the area where your sunglasses rest some much-needed TLC. Invest in a deep-cleansing facial mask like Urth Skin Solutions for Men Botanical Resurfacing Mask to unclog pores once or twice a week.

Incorporate a facial scrub  into your routine to loosen the grime from a beautiful summer day filled with sunscreen, sweat and sunglass use. For the ultimate in summer protection, try Billy Jealousy Liquidsand Cleanser to gently cleanse and exfoliate away blackheads, dead skin and dirt, revealing healthy and rejuvenated skin.

Letting sweat sit on your skin all day long breeds bacteria which leads to breakouts. Wipe your skin clean midday with an Ursa Major Essential Face Wipe. These handy, individually wrapped wipes are soaked in all natural ingredients to cleanse, tone and refresh skin on the go. We recommend wiping your face first and then using the wipe to clean the interior frame of your sunglasses to ensure that this week’s grime doesn’t become next week’s acne.

Pro Tip: Sunglasses are a much-needed form of sun protection and an impressive accessory to improve your summer swag. Just make sure to exfoliate and cleanse your skin regularly to avoid embarrassing sunglass breakouts.

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Madison Ruggieri

Director of Editorial for The Motley. Los Angeles native. A fan of Tolstoy, Tina Fey and the Rolling Stones.