Social media browsing during night? The screen is creating skin issues in the following ways


The use of mobile phones has dramatically expanded over the past two years due to the development of technology, particularly the COVID pandemic that forced us to stay indoors and glued to our screens for information. However, it also carried with it a great deal of drawbacks. Dr. Sonali Gupta, Senior Consultant and Head of Dermatology and Cosmetology at Accord Super Speciality Hospital in Faridabad, stated in an interview with HT Lifestyle, “You feel pressure because you need to make up for the time you lost by browsing social networking sites. Your biological clock, which is crucial for maintaining glow on the face, is thrown off, which further upsets the internal system. The most obvious effect of this harm to our body organs is on our skin. It turns dry and pallid.”

Dr. Sonali Gupta also listed the skin issues brought on by excessive screen time, particularly at night:

Long-term use of cell phones, particularly at night, exposes users to excessive radiation, particularly blue light, which can harm the skin in a number of ways, including dryness, dermatitis, pigmentation, dullness, and ultimately wrinkles and premature ageing.

Redness, irritation: Holding a mobile device close to the body can result in skin redness, itching, and swelling due to the light it emits and the presence of skin-damaging metals found in the majority of mobile devices.

Acne: Cell phones are a breeding ground for bacteria and dust that can lead to acne issues.

Spots on skin: Prolonged usage of mobile phones causes them to heat up, which can affect the skin’s normal melanin production and result in spots.

In addition, Dr. Mahima Aggarwal, Consultant Dermatology, Fortis Hospital, Shalimar Bagh, listed a few skin issues brought on by nighttime smartphone scrolling:

Damage-causing consequences: Prolonged use of these devices at nighttime exposure to blue light, also known as high energy visible light, has many biological impacts. It is well recognised to cause sleep difficulties due to circadian rhythm disruption and to have negative effects on the eye.

Sleep disruptions: Sleep disruption brought on by a disruption in the circadian rhythm also has a negative impact on the skin. A significant decrease in skin moisture content and an increase in oiliness have been shown in in vivo investigations employing smartphone exposure at night. It is thought to lead to dryness and a loss of skin suppleness and shine.

Application of filters: It is essential to limit nocturnal scrolling on phones, tablets, and computer screens. In order to reduce the amount of blue light emitted, filters can also be connected.