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Taking Selfies may damage skin and promote wrinkles

Evidence suggests that clicking selfies can lead to skin damage and premature wrinkles

Policy Pulse
Publish Date: Jun 20 2016 1:53PM | Updated Date: Jun 20 2016 1:54PM

Taking Selfies may damage skin and promote wrinkles

Selfie - addict? Beware! It can damage your skin, cause wrinkles. Dermatologists have warned that continuous exposure to the radiations from smartphones can damage your skin and may contribute to premature skin ageing.  


Constantly exposing your face to the light and radiation from smartphones may damage your skin, stimulating ageing and promoting wrinkles, dermatologists have warned. Due to frequent pursing of the lips, fine lines and wrinkles may develop from repetitive muscle contraction.


Doctors can tell which hand a person holds their phone in just by looking at which side of the face is most damaged, they said. As observed by Dr Zein Obagi, “You start to see dull dirty looking texture that you cannot identify on one side of the face.”


Simon Zoakei, Medical Director of the Linia Skin Clinic in the UK, who led the research, quoted that those who take a lot of selfies and bloggers should worry. Even the blue light we get from our screens can damage our skin. 


According to some scientists, electromagnetic radiation from mobile phones ages skin by damaging the DNA. It can cause breaks in the DNA strand which can prevent skin repairing itself and place oxidative stress on cells, ultimately promoting wrinkles.


"I think we need to create a defence mechanism, light has some sort of magnetic think that is happening to the skin. This magnetic field is altering the minerals in the skin.” said Obagi.


Since it is a different wavelength of radiation so a sunscreen will not block it. Saturating your skin with anti-oxidants can help prevent DNA damage from electronic devices.


The experts have noticed that most over-the-counter moisturizers and oils do not work and may worsen the condition of your skin, and that ‘a good scrub’ is a foolproof way to keep skin healthy.