3 Ways to Keep Glasses From Sliding Down Your Nose

Updated on May 28, 2020
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Tess has worn eyeglasses for over 20 years and has experienced the many frustrations that come with wearing glasses.

The Dreaded Glasses Slip

If you wear glasses, then I'm sure you're aware of the dreaded slip that your glasses can do on the bridge of your nose. It can be extremely frustrating when you always have to adjust your eyeglasses in order to see directly out of your lenses.

Constantly having to push up your glasses frame is not only annoying but can also cause skin irritation to the areas underneath your nose pads, eventually leading to discoloration and irritation.

Why Do My Glasses Slide Down My Nose?

There are many reasons why glasses slide down the bridge of someone's nose. Causes range from eyeglass frames being too wide, skin is too oily, the wearer's ears are too high or low for the frames or the bridge of their nose is too narrow.

If you have an eyeglass toolkit, your first reaction might be to tighten some screws on your frames or adjust your nose pads if you can. While this is a great start, this may not always be the solution to preventing glasses from sliding down your nose.

The Usual Eyeglass Toolkit
The Usual Eyeglass Toolkit

Three Solutions to Preventing Your Glasses From Slipping

  • Nerdwax
  • Silicone Nose Pads
  • Silicone Antislip Ear Hooks

*All three solutions can be purchased for under $11 and will last for many months.


Nerdwax comes in a tube much like chapstick and can be applied by simply rolling the Nerdwax out of the tube, and rubbing a small portion of the wax directly onto the nose pads of your eyeglasses.


  • 100% All Natural Cosmetic Grade Ingredients
  • Can be used on any style of eyeglasses
  • One tube of Nerdwax can last 6-8 months with daily use
  • Easy to clean off of lenses and glasses
  • Most of the Nerdwax is dissolved by your facial oils throughout the day
  • Made in the USA


  • May cause irritation to sensitive skin
  • If you tend to have very oily skin, you may find yourself needing to reapply often

Nerdwax is a beeswax based blend of all natural ingredients specially formulated to keep your glasses in place.

Things To Keep In Mind

Nerdwax is great for those who want a product that allows them to keep the natural look of their glasses while still preventing their frames from slipping. If you accidentally get some of the wax on your lenses, simply wipe away the wax with a microfiber cloth.

As with all skin products, it's best to test the wax on a small area of skin first to ensure you do not have an allergic reaction to the product. To do this, simply apply a small amount of wax to a small area of skin such as the back of your hand. Leave the wax on your skin for 30 minutes, observing your skin's reaction.

If you notice your skin starts to feel irritated, immediately wash the area with mild soap and water and contact your doctor.

Silicone Nose Pads

Silicone nose pads can be directly applied to your eyeglasses by sticking the adhesive side down on the nose pads.

Make sure you clean the nose pads of your glasses with a mild soap or rubbing alcohol prior to applying the silicone nose pads to your glasses as well as gently cleaning the bridge of your nose. This ensures that the silicone nose pads adhere firmly to your glasses.


  • Silicone is a better option for those with sensitive skin
  • Each pair lasts 1-2 months with daily use
  • Easy to apply and remove
  • Can be used with most eyeglasses


  • These are not waterproof
  • Exposure to hot weather will decrease the lifespan of the nose pads
  • Reapplying the same nose pads a second time will decrease their stickiness

Things To Keep In Mind

These silicone nose pads once applied, appear virtually invisible making them a great choice for any style of glasses. They also come in a pack of 12 pairs meaning these will last all year long.

The nose pads are great to use on their own or in addition to the silicone ear hooks for added stability.

You can also safely use these on children's glasses and they help prevent indentations and dark marks on the bridge of the nose.

Silicone Ear Hooks

Silicone ear hooks are my personal favorite solution when it comes to keeping my glasses in place.

These ear hooks can be used for many months if properly taken care of and are great for anyone looking to prevent their eyeglasses from sliding down their nose.


  • Premium Grade Silicone; excellent for anyone with sensitive skin
  • Easy to apply and remove
  • Waterproof
  • Durable, flexible, lightweight, and comfortable
  • Can last for months or years with proper care
  • Fits most frames


  • Need to keep ear hooks clean from natural skin oils as well as behind the ears to prevent the hooks from sliding off

I've kept the same pair of silicone ear hooks on my glasses for two years now. I've worn them in many situations ranging from hot summer days to longboarding several miles in the city.

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What I Use for My Glasses

When I first received my glasses, the frames did not fit tightly. My optometrist informed me that the manufacturer of my frames did not have another set of frames like the ones I had. The frames I chose were also made of thick plastic, so I could not bend the arms inward.

Every time I would look down, my eyeglasses would fall off of my face. If I turned my head too quickly my glasses would slide and I would find myself constantly pushing my glasses up. Eventually, I ended up with dark circles on the bridge of my nose.

I looked online for solutions to my glasses sliding off of my face and decided to go with a combination of the silicone nose pads to reduce the dark marks left behind from frames and the silicone ear hooks to keep the frames on my face.

Since using this combination, the dark marks on the bridge of my nose are almost gone and I no longer worry about losing my frames if I look down.

Questions & Answers


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    • swalia profile image

      Shaloo Walia 

      8 months ago from India

      I wasn't even aware of these products. Thanks for sharing!

    • Teszra profile imageAUTHOR


      16 months ago from Hawaii

      No problem. I understand the struggle and it's annoying!

    • DWDavisRSL profile image

      DW Davis 

      16 months ago from Eastern NC

      This has never been a problem for me until my most recent pair of glasses, and I've been wearing glasses for 48 years. It is driving me nuts. I will seriously consider buying some ear hooks. Thanks for your great Hub.


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