The iPhone 6 has been receiving a lot of ridicule since it hit shelves. Not only does it reportedly bend when placed in your back pocket, but users have also been complaining about #HairGateâ€”when your hair gets snagged on the screen while you’re trying to make a call. People who use other cell phones may laugh, but thereâ€™s a common beauty problem all smartphone owners should have on their radar: cell phone-induced acne.
â€œA lot of the bacteria that your phone accumulates isnâ€™t necessarily visible to the human eye,â€ says dermatologist Debra Jaliman, M.D. When you place the phone on your skin to make a call, your skin is not only in direct contact with the bacteria, but it also starts to perspire and even trap oil in the pores. Worst yet, the pressure of the phone on your skin creates blemishes. To keep skin acne-free, she offers simple solutions below.
Prevent placing the phone on your skin with earplugs. In this way, existing bacteria on your phoneâ€™s screen wonâ€™t come into contact with or sit against your face during a call. You can also opt for a headset, speakerphone, orâ€”when you canâ€”text.
Wipe It Down
Use a microfiber cloth to clean your cell phone daily, especially if acne is a current issue for you. Again, you should do so even if your phone doesnâ€™t look or seem to be dirty. And if you want a real phone cleanse, use a Violife UV Cell-Phone Sanitizer, which cleans the surface of your phone using UV light.
Keep the phone away from your face or hold it loosely against the skin to avoid putting unnecessary pressure on your skin. Doing so can cause acne mechanica, triggered by pressure, friction or rubbing of the skin. In terms of phone acne, the pressure placed on the skinâ€™s oil glands stimulates them, causing an increase in acne flair-ups.
Be Proactive With Products
Clean and treat your skin with products that feature acne-fighting medications, and pay special attention to your cheeks and chin, which often come into contact with your cell phone. Try an acne-busting scrub, that will gently exfoliate and removes dirt and oil.Or you can try dabbing on a spot gel, usually Â formulated with two percent salicylic acid and aloe, diminishes acne while moisturizing the skin. A pore-treatment gel also goes on clear so it can be worn day or night, serving as a barrier between your skin and your cell phone around the clock.MYNEWSHUB