Most people worry about cell phone radiation killing their brain cells; some of us worry about dirty phones are doing to our skin. Well+Good NYC has the dirt on why your dirty phone might be giving you breakouts…and how to use yours without incurring acne:
Texting may be less personal, but it could save you from a 21st-century skin-care problem: cell-phone breakouts.
While lots of people are concerned about bacteria on their phone (especially after Sanjay Gupta discovered fecal strep on Anderson Cooper’s last fall), jawline acne may have more to do with phone-face contact than grime, say dermatologists.
“Some people hold cell phones to their faces and talk for a long period of time, perspiring onto the phone and blocking the pores,” explains Mitchell Kline, MD, a dermatologist and professor at New York-Presbyterian Medical Center’s Weill Cornell Medical College.
Holding your phone against your cheek traps oil in the pores, which can lead to those deep-forming acne cysts, agrees Neil Sadick, MD, a renowned dermatologist and researcher. (Ever notice it also melts your makeup to your phone and down your face?)
Continue reading at Well+Good NYC for more about whether your phone is causing your breakouts.
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