Our dependence on gadgets has grown during the pandemic, causing us to spend long hours each day in front of a computer screen. Another bad habit we’ve developed is being constantly connected to our phones, from the moment we wake up to the moment we go to bed. With no need to go anywhere or meet anyone, the phone has become our social companion in keeping us up to date.
However, excessive smartphone use is harmful to health, particularly skin health. The increased exposure can cause a slew of issues such as headaches, neck pains, and vision problems, as well as skin problems such as acne, wrinkles, and others.
some common skin problems caused by excessive use of smartphones and how we can prevent them.
Acne: Every inch of your phone is covered in germs, making it the most unsanitary thing you interact with regularly. When you make a phone call, these germs move onto your face and can cause skin inflammation.
Solution: Use antibacterial wipes to clean your phone every day, and make sure to clean it as soon as you get it back from someone else who may have used it.
Allergies: If you develop rashes on the sides of your cheeks, you are most likely experiencing an allergic reaction to your phone. Not all phones, but the majority of them, contain nickel and chromium in their casings, which can cause allergic contact dermatitis.
Solution: The best way to deal with this is to put your phone in a plastic case or cover it with a protective guard.
Premature wrinkles: Constantly staring and squinting at a screen can cause wrinkles around the eyes and tech-neck. Vertical wrinkles between the brows are possible.
Solution: Experts recommend that you hold your phone at eye level. Use eye creams with a cooling effect, as well as skin firming creams, to support versatility and collagen production.
Phone light: When compared to UVA/UVB light, the blue light from your phone penetrates deeper into your skin. In other words, three hours of continuous phone use can harm your skin as much as one hour of unprotected sun exposure. It can cause your skin to tan and cause a variety of other skin problems.
Solution: The simplest way to avoid blue light pigmentation is to change your habit of constantly using a mobile phone. You can switch to dark/night mode and lower your phone’s brightness.