Is Your Cell Phone Giving You Acne Mechanica?
Yes, there really is a condition called Acne Mechanica – and it’s not only something you get from spending too much time on your cell phone – it’s common among sports athletes, professional musicians, soldiers and more.
In simple terms, anything that traps heat against the body for an extended period of time, presses against the skin or rubs it, can trigger Acne Mechanica. cell phone acne can appear on the face or body – anywhere where there are constant pressure and repetitive friction against the skin. Those who are already acne-prone, are more likely to develop the cell phone acne condition.
What Does Acne Mechanica Look Like?
Acne Mechanica can appear as small blackheads and whiteheads that are barely noticeable, to red, inflamed pimples. In the early stages of the condition, the skin may appear red, feel itchy, bumpy or rough, even if no breakouts are visible. As the friction continues, these small irritations and breakouts progress to more obvious, inflamed pimples.
So you might say, ‘my cellphone is not rubbing my skin like say, a football helmet might’ – but the regular and consistent pressure and touching of the cellphone against the side of your face can produce the same results. What’s more, many cellphones contain nickel which can irritate the skin, producing red itchy patches – the early stages of Acne Mechanica. The most likely contributing factor to cellphone-induced Acne Mechanica, apart from the irritating friction, is the presence of bacteria on the phone. When the phone comes in contact with the face, the bacteria on the phone blends with the oils on the skin and the next thing you know, you have a problem.
If you have signs and symptoms of Acne Mechanica (whether from a cell phone or something else), start by relieving the irritation with hydrocortisone cream followed by a cold compress. If the condition has progressed beyond initial itching, treat inflamed pimple-like lesions with a topical acne medication that contains salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide as soon as they appear.
Prevention is Better than Cure:
If your lifestyle or job requires that you spend long periods of time on your cellphone, consider using a headset or wireless device to eliminate the constant contact and friction. If that’s not an option, simply keep the cellphone clean by wiping it with an alcohol wipe or hand sanitizer daily.
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