Lifestyle Blogger Finds Out What's Causing Her Skin To Age Prematurely

Mehreen Baig is a lifestyle blogger who takes more than 50 selfies a day in order to post the perfect picture. Yet, she started noticing changes in her face, as if she were aging a lot more quickly than expected.

She noticed that larger pores, freckles and dark circles started getting out of control. That is when she decided to book an appointment with a cosmetic dermatologist at Linia Skin Boutique in London, England. Dr. Simon Zokaie did not have good news for the selfie taker. He told her that her cell phone was to blame.

A cell phone or any other electronic device emits HEV (High Energy Visible) light. Baig said, “Dr. Zokaie informed me that my skin has indeed been damaged by HEV light, and a lot of the damage is still under my skin, not yet visible to the naked eye. The predominant damage on my skin from HEV light was evident through pigmentation and new freckles, and the brown spots on my cheeks were a direct result of light from my computer screen and mobile phones.”

Although, doctors are still trying to determine how HEV light affects the skin, new research shows it can cause accelerated skin aging. People can use sunscreen to help prevent the light from penetrating the skin. There are also antioxidant creams. In addition, cutting down on selfies can be beneficial.

Photo: Ben Stevens/I-Images, Mehreen Baig

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