Lifestyle blogger Mehreen Baig became concerned that her face was changing and decided to visit a skin doctor -- what he told her is shocking.
In an article Baig wrote for the Daily Mail, which was published on March 15, Baig noted that she takes as many as fifty selfies per day so that she can post the perfect picture on her social media platforms. However, after hearing that cell phone lights can cause skin damage -- and noticing bigger freckles, pores and dark circles under her eyes -- she decided to consult a dermatologist.
Baig made an appointment with a cosmetic dermatologist at Linia Skin Boutique in London, England.
After a quick look-over, Dr. Simon Zokaie pointed to Baig’s phone as the culprit for her skin changes. According to Zokaie, electronic devices expose users to something called HEV (High Energy Visible) light, which can damage skin.
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“A lot of the damage is still under my skin, not yet visible to the naked eye,” Baig wrote.
Doctors are still trying to understand how HEV light effects the skin, thought recent research has pointed to accelerated skin aging. Zokaie recommended using antioxidant serum during the daytime and antioxidant cream or gel during the nighttime to shield against further skin damage. Antioxidants reportedly help slow down or reverse the generation of reactive oxygen species (ROS) in the skin, which can be caused by the HEV light. And although sunscreen cannot protect the skin from HEV light, it is something scientists are looking into.