U.K. lifestyle blogger Mehreen Baig published a column in the Daily Mail detailing the trials and tribulations of her 50-selfie per day habit, which she claims is causing her face to look like the Crypt Keeper's.
Surprisingly, her claim was given validity by New York's The Center for Dermatology, Cosmetic & Laser Surgery, which suggested the High-Energy Visible (HEV) light emitted by phone and computer screens can cause "dryness, inflammation, wrinkles and uneven pigmentation."
Baig's piece explains:
Research shows that it generates the same amount of reactive oxygen species (ROS) in the skin as UVA and UVB light combined, preventing skin repair and leading to ageing.
Although scientists are still investigating the effects, they do know that HEV light penetrates the skin more deeply than UV rays.
Studies on the way HEV impacts DNA also suggest that it could accelerate photoaging - the skin damage commonly associated with exposure to sunlight.
Baig, 26, whose symptoms ranged from "freckles on [her] cheeks to larger pores than usual to dark circles under [her] eyes," found out just how much older her selfies made her look during a dermatologist consultation.
Heart beating, I waited for the answer to the question: How old is my skin?
'Your skin is somewhere in the aged 25-30 bracket,' [the doctor] explained.
Although I was secretly hoping he would say it's in the 20-25 bracket, it wasn't the worst possible outcome.
But it turned out my relief was premature.
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.
Not bad, though 25-30 is considered 60-65 for women in the entertainment industry.
David E. Bank, the Center for Dermatology's director, doesn't think you should freak out: serious skin damage from your phone and computer screens is theoretically possible, but concrete evidence has yet to be been found so far.
If you're truly worried, he recommends slapping some sunscreen chockfull of "zinc oxide and titanium dioxide" on that face to block light of all wavelengths.
Interesting, the Crypt Keeper also hates sunlight.