We all want a glassy skin. So, we go to any extent. From home hacks, DIY face packs, following the latest skin trends to all the pricey skincare products—we do it all. But if those dark circles continue to exist and your skin remains as pale as it was, then the problem lies elsewhere. You won’t like it, but let us tell you that your smartphone is the problem. Yes, it may be shocking, but according to a skin expert, staying glued to your smartphone can take its toll on your skin.

Excessive use of mobile phones exposes you to harmful radio frequency fields emitted by devices. It goes without saying that these rays are not good for your skin. Here’s more science – these radiations are electromagnetic radiation. All in all, the more use that keeps your skin exposed to your smartphone, the more damage it does to it

According to Dr. Saravia. Tibernini, Consultant Dermatologist and Cosmetologist at Manipal Hospital, Bengaluru, Reliance on mobile phones cannot be ignored or reduced for the presence of social media, communication or any other purposes.

“Phone addiction is noted and the various harmful effects it has on the human mind, body, and health. However, the lesser known but severe effects that cell phone use can have on a person’s skin, are not well observed,” she says.

Your smartphone can affect your skinStaying glued to your smartphone is a type of addiction called Nomophobia. Image courtesy: Shutterstock.

5 Skin Problems That Can Damage Your Skin Forever If You Use Too Much Mobile Phone

1. Dermatitis

Dermatitis is an umbrella term to describe inflammation of the skin. This problem usually makes your skin red and itchy and it can occur in different forms for different reasons. Sometimes there can also be a swollen rash, blisters, or crusting. Cell phone radiation further speeds up antigen production in those with allergies. The use of nickel and cobalt on the edges of the phone can also cause radiation dermatitis.

2. Crow’s feet

Crow’s feet refer to a branched type of crease that usually forms at the outer corner of a person’s eye. These lines mostly diverge from a point in the bird’s footprint design, which gives it the name. Prolonged staring at a phone screen and constantly staring down can lead to the formation of wrinkles around the eyes and neck. “The smaller font size and lower brightness exacerbate the problem,” says Dr. Tibernini.

3. Wrinkled neck

Constant staring for a long period of time can cause wrinkles to appear on the neck, and this is an initial sign of aging. Constant and regular staring gradually damages the collagen in the neck. This causes more neck wrinkles.

4. Dark circles

This is one of the most well-known and most noted dermatological effects. The blue light emitted by mobile phones affects one’s sleep patterns. The less a person sleeps, the more likely they are to have eye bags and dark circles under the eyes.

dark circlesDark circles can be fixed if you reduce your screen time. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

5. Sensitive skin and acne

“Yes! It may be news to you but it is true. Studies have discovered that cell phones are major carriers of bacteria and germs. Experts even describe cell phones as more unsanitary than public toilets. Phones are exposed to countless surfaces throughout the day that transmit tiny germs and we carry on. We use our phones the same way, never realizing how many germs we’re letting into our bodies, which leads to allergies and acne on the skin,” suggests Dr. Tibernini.

The basic way to avoid these skin problems is very simple, use cell phones to a minimum.

Protect your skin with these simple tips and reduce your smartphone use

  • Don’t stare at your phone screens for too long
  • Avoid using cell phones before bed
  • Clean your cell phones regularly throughout the day with sanitizers/alcohol swabs
  • Do not use the phone when it gets hot. Since this overexposure reduces the production of melanin in the skin, giving you uneven skin tone and even dark spots.
  • Be aware of skin problems related to the dominant side of your face that is in contact with the phone
Yoga or exerciseExercise to make use of your time. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

So ladies, before you spend a fortune on those skin treatments and products, first check whether or not your smartphone is responsible for damaging your skin, and then make a call.

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