To improve your skin, hang up the phone now

skin care san antonio | acne txMany of my patients who come into the office concerned about acne breakouts, dark spots, rashes and even wrinkles, are surprised when we discuss the fact that the causes are likely external, not internal. They’re concerned that they may have an infection or hormonal issues when actually, they need to make a few changes when it comes one of their most common daily habits: using their cell phones.

Cell phone face

Your cell phone could be doing everything from giving you a case of adult acne to dermatitis. If you spend a good part of every day with a cell phone held against your cheek, you may have noticed that your face gets sticky and sweaty. That means bacteria could be building of, so you may also start to see acne breakouts not only on your cheek, but also on your jawline, chin and sides of your face.

Another concern being discussed in the dermatology world is cell phone skin spots. Smart phones emit blue light that travels on the same wavelength as UV rays. So if like most people, you’re looking at your phone too much, it could actually cause dark pigment spots to form on your face, just as they do with sun exposure. Studies are showing that visible light and heat generated from phone and computer screens can stimulate pigment cells to produce more melanin, causing dark spots to worsen. In addition, UV rays can also cause skin cancer, another reason to spend less time with sun and screens pointed at your face, unless your wearing the proper sunscreen.

Cell phone neck

When you’re constantly looking down at your phone, your chin and neck skin squish down, too. And much like squinting and smiling all the time can contribute to wrinkles and expression lines, the same goes for flexing the skin of your lower face and neck during all the time you spend with your head down.

When the damage is done

Make an appointment to talk about solutions, such as chemical peels and laser treatments to help treat acne, brown spots and wrinkles. Call today: (210) 692-3000 or (210) 370-9995. Dr. Bucay serves La Casita, Sonterra, San Antonio and surrounding areas.

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Vivian Bucay, MD