Selfies have been in trend for a long time now, and it's quite unlikely that you have never clicked one yourself. However, have you ever thought of whether our intense interactions with our phones and screens can be dangerous or not? Even if you think now, chances are that you won't think clicking selfies can be harmful to us in anyway.
Well, guess again. Or better yet, scroll down and read Mehreen's story!
Mehreen Baig, a 26-year-old blogger from London, has built for herself a career on selfies. Taking around 50 selfies per day, she literally depends on her phone's camera for her livelihood.
When she learnt that laptop, tablet, and cell phone screens can cause skin damage, she began wondering whether the recent blemishes on her skin had anything to do with that. So she decided to visit a dermatologist for advice.
The dermatologist did an in-depth analysis of her skin, checking her pore size, sun damage, pigmentation, lines and wrinkles, moisture, etc. But when she tested for damage from HEV light - the band of light emitted by screens - she realized that her skin was being damaged by them, although most of the damage were being done under the skin.
The selfies were damaging her skin.
Research has shown that HEV lights can disrupt sleep cycles. It penetrates deeper than UV rays and causes as much damage as UVA and UVB rays combined. In Mehreen's case, the inflammation caused by the HEV light slowed her skin's healing process.
It is obvious that removing the HEV lights would help prevent further damage. But if that was not possible, she could use some antioxidant serum that could slow down the damage, or even reverse it.
The dermatologist recommended the use of an antioxidant and a vitamin A cream at night as the damage does not stop even after the sun goes down.
"So with my newfound knowledge, will I stop taking selfies? Probably not," she wrote. And we can't really expect anyone to either. So what we need is more research into the problem of HEV lights, don't we?