Cellphones have become almost an extension of people’s bodies; they’re used from the moment we get up to the second before going to bed. As you’re constantly in contact with it, you should learn how this apparently excellent ally might be damaging your skin. Don’t worry! There are also ways you can prevent these problems.
Even during the pandemic, people's cellphones aren't devices that receive much sanitation. This can turn into a big problem, mostly for your skin. While the exact connection between answering your phone and a drawback in your skincare routine seems inexistent, there's one and you should learn it in order to prevent the problems it may bring.
The biggest factors to take into account are the facts that cellphones aren't as regularly sanitized and that they're pretty much the whole day in your hands. This means that not only they're highly exposed to the world and, therefore, to the dirt and bacteria in it, but also that you're not really doing anything about it…
As a result of both of these factors, cellphones are an excellent place for dirt, oil, bacteria, and makeup residues to accumulate. All of these elements can easily affect the skin of your hands and face each time you grab your phone or receive a call. The biggest risk here is clogging your skin pores, which can directly lead to an acne breakout.
Surgical dermatologist, based in New York, Dr. Estee Williams agrees that a dirty cellphone can increase the risks of developing acne and damaging your skin, for the reasons mentioned above. Blocked pores accumulate the natural oils in the skin, which is why they’re the main cause of acne. If you suffer from this condition on one side of your face, it can be the result of answering your phone on that ear and allowing residues to be transferred to your skin.
The best solution to avoid any of these potential breakouts is to clean your cellphone. Rubbing it with some alcohol will not only remove any viruses, but it'll also clean all the dirt off the screen. Another possible way to avoid this problem altogether is to get earplugs to answer your phone, so as to avoid its direct contact with your face. In this case, however, you should also prevent your hands from touching your face after grabbing your cellphone.
Another potential damage that cellphone might be causing is premature aging. While there's still research to be done on this subject, it's believed that high-energy visible light, which you may know as "blue light", can negatively affect your eyesight and skin health. This light is present in most devices, including cellphones, with which people are in increasingly more contact.
The director of clinical and cosmetic research in dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, Dr. Joshua Zeichner, explains that there are reasons to believe that the effects of blue light on the skin may be similar to those from UVB/UVA rays, although more studies should be carried out to confirm this. In any case, he's sure that there's no harm done in taking measures to combat these potential effects.
While it's very difficult to reduce the use of cellphones, the dermatologist believes that balancing cellphone use and skincare is possible and recommends this as a solution. Topical products, like antioxidants, are great fighters against free-radicals and their damage. They work like safety measures against sources of such problems, including blue light.
Hopefully, you’ve learned enough on this subject to take measures against it or continue your research. Have you thought of ways to prevent the potential issues caused by cellphones to your skin?