Your smartphone might be giving you acne

Acne, clogged pores, aging skin … Dermatologists talk about the problems that can be caused by our smartphones.

We know, our smartphones are dirty. Some even say 10 times dirtier than the toilet bowl of public restrooms… But then what are the consequences for our skin, especially the cheek, in direct contact with the screen? Dermatologists, interviewed by the Huffington Post, have looked into the matter.

According to Dr. Estee Williams, dermatologist in New York, the bacteria on the phone are not responsible for skin problems, however, the accumulated dirt on the screen can be. The latter will indeed clog the pores, which can cause an outbreak of acne, especially in people who are predisposed.

“The phone is placed against the cheek, so sebum, dirt and makeup accumulate on the surface of the phone, then are transferred back to your face when you pick up your phone at another time and may cause inflammation of the skin and clog pores,” says Dr. Joshua Zeichner, also a dermatologist in New York.

If you have bumps on only one cheek, it is likely that it comes from your phone. Another problem, the blue light emanating from the smartphone is suspected of accelerating the aging of the skin even though it has not yet been formally proven scientifically.

To avoid these inconveniences, doctors recommend to frequently disinfect the phone with rubbing alcohol or to clean the skin with suitable products. They also advise people to favor earphones.

Angie Mahecha

Angie Mahecha, an Engineering Student at the University of Central Florida, is originally from Colombia but has been living in Florida for the past 10 Years.