Is Your Smartphone Giving You Acne?

Is Your Smartphone Giving You Acne? | Spectrum Dermatology, Scottsdale

Is Your Smartphone Giving You Acne?

United Kingdom researchers found that the average smartphone is dirtier than a toilet seat as well as the bottom of a shoe. Spectrum Dermatology specializes in treating a wide variety of dermatological complaints, but acne is by far the most common. There are various causes of acne, including hormone swings, but bacteria and germs can be a major cause of acne. It is possible that using your phone is causing this pesky ailment, whether you put it to your face for a phone call or simply touch your face after texting or scrolling through social media.

According to the study, the average smartphone has tens of thousands of germs. Germs thrive in warm places. The combination of a phone’s natural heat and the constant use of it (spreading the germs from your face and hands onto the phone) have created a hub for germs to thrive.

Many people may think they are doing a great job of following their daily skin regimen for acne control. However, if the regimen mistakenly includes spreading germs that can cause acne across the face on a regular basis, all of those other efforts can be in vain. How can a person prevent “phone acne” when we depend on our mobile devices for so many things?

Preventing The Spreading Of Germs That Cause Acne

Regularly wiping down your entire phone with a bacteria-killing agent can be a great help. At the same time, you can cleanse your hands with the wipe. Carrying a travel-sized packet of these wipes means you can ensure a cleaner phone (and hands) before use. If possible, avoid pressing the phone to your face entirely, and instead use Bluetooth or speaker mode when making a call.

Being aware of how often you touch your face, whether after using your phone or not, can also help a person raise their own awareness of spreading germs. Regardless of phone use, regularly touching your face can increase the spread of bacteria that can cause acne.

Acne Treatment at Spectrum Dermatology

If you are suffering from acne, there are a variety of treatments available. Contact Spectrum Dermatology at 480-948-8400 and book your consultation.