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How Your Cell Phone is Ruining Your Skin

how your cell phone is ruining your skin

This just in!: The sun’s harmful rays are no longer the only thing ruining your skin. That’s right folks! That itty bitty gadget most people hold near and dear to their heart can actually be doing more damage than you think! Your cell phone, aka the sleep disturber and breakout causer, is wreaking havoc on your skin:


If you’re used to smushing your phone against your face while chatting, then breakouts along your cheek or jaw should come as no surprise. Our phones are covered in bacteria. A study in the UK found that 1 in 6 cellular phones were contaminated with fecal matter. 1 in 6! I don’t know about you but that’s not something I would want to have pressed against my cheek. Not to mention our phones carry 18 times more bacteria than a public restroom handle. Say what!? Our phones can transfer this bacteria and oil from our phone to our precious skin. This nasty concoction can result in a serious breakout session. The recommendation? Wipe down your phone daily with anti-bacterial wipes and use speakerphone or headphones with a mic when chatting to avoid transferring any nastiness onto your beautiful face!

Dark Spots

We have all nearly burned ourselves from those little furnaces we call “cell phones”. Prolonged usage of your phone heats it up to a level that can be damaging to your skin. Pressing this hot device against our sensitive face can result in dark spots. The recommendation? Stop using your phone once it begins to heat up and limit calls to a few minutes at a time. If long phone calls are necessary, trying using a hands-free device to avoid exposing your face to the harsh temperature.

Under Eye Circles

Frequent use of your cellular phone is interrupting your sleep. If you’re like most people, then you probably get woken up in the middle of the night by your cell phone. Whether it’s a text, Facebook update, or just an annoying game update, your sleep has been disturbed. This continual interruption of your sleep cycle will eventually make it’s mark on your skin. Dark circles, anyone? How about some bags? The recommendation? Our skin repairs itself while we sleep, so turn that phone off and let your skin work its magic.


Ever heard of cellphone dermatitis? Well, chances are your skin has. Many cell phones, such as Blackberry and certain flip phones, have a nickel surface or nickel accents. When your skin comes in frequent contact with this nickel surface or if you suffer from a nickel allergy, an allergic reaction may result. You may notice an unexplainable rash along your cheek and/or ear. The recommendation? Search for phones that do not contain a nickel surface or limit the use of your phone as much as possible. What’s a few hours without checking Instagram, right?


When it comes to your phone, your eyes pretty much do most of the work. They are constantly opening, closing, darting, and squinting. Unfortunately, this squinting is probably causing fine lines and wrinkles amongst the younger generation of cell phone users (aka premature aging). As if it wasn’t bad enough, your downward gaze while looking at your phone is another culprit. This seemingly perpetual gaze can result in creases along your neck that probably wouldn’t have developed so soon in the younger crowd. The recommendation? Take a break from your phone! Go phone-less for a few extra hours a day. Still feel sane? Why not go a bit longer without your phone? Your skin will thank you!

Peace, love & coconuts!



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  • Lorna Mai (@TheColourQueen) says:

    Interesting. It definitely makes sense that the phone would carry germs. I used to hate the days when we used public phones as they were certainly germ ridden. I suppose we think cos no-one else is using the mobile phone then it won’t have germs but I think you’re right. I never clean my phone. I haven’t noticed any breakouts but I am going to start cleaning each day now I’ve read this!

    • Brown & Coconut says:

      Hi Lorna! I know exactly what you mean! Because our phones aren’t actually touching the floor or other dirty areas, it can’t be that dirty, right? As a frequent public transportation rider I am often touching my phone after holding onto polls or using fare machines. I can only imagine how much bacteria is being transferred by my hands onto my phone. Yuck! I try to clean mine once a day when I get home. Thanks for sharing Lorna! Have a wonderful week!

  • Sue says:

    As always ladies, great information.

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