The cause of bad skin could be digital

The cause of bad skin could be digital

by Vanessa Ng 16 Nov 2018

You may be feeling confused or shocked right now, especially after reading the title from a laptop, tablet, or phone screen. However, there may be some legitimacy to the relationship between digital device usage and poor skin. Here are some ways how such habits can lead to less-than-desirable skin:


  • Lack of sleep

Most digital devices emit blue light, unless you specifically adjusted it to the “night mode” or have a special blue light-filter affixed to the screen. Blue light can affect your body’s ability to release an appropriate amount of the sleep hormone known as melatonin prior to falling asleep. This can lead to a disruption of our circadian rhythm, resulting in fatigue which naturally translates to duller skin.


  • Build-up of bacteria

Whether you choose to admit it or not, the fact is that our devices are downright filthy. Can you recall the last time you sanitised your mobile phone? Neither can I. While microbial build-up is invisible, its effects are far from it. Left unaddressed, it can lead to clogged-up pores, which isn’t particularly surprising when you consider how people tend to press their phones directly on to the cheeks while making phone calls. When you use your device, and proceed to scratch or touch your face, the bacteria are also transferred accordingly.


  • Droopy neck

When you text, you tend to bend your neck down. Your neck actually functions as a form of funnel that links the lymphatic passageways on your face to the other parts of your body. If it is always tensed up through phone usage, it can restrict blood flow to your skin. Using the phone while lying down doesn’t lessen the effects either; there’s still the tendency to tense one’s neck while being transfixed to the screen.


Ditching your device for a bit is not only beneficial for your skin, but also for your physical and mental health. Think about it: there are plenty of other things you could be doing besides staying glued to a screen. Why not get to it AND get healthier-looking skin at the same time?