May 1, 2020

Here’s how overexposure to blue light could be affecting your skin

Raise your hand if you have aimlessly scrolled through your social media feed just to fall down a rabbit hole that’s left you online for longer than you anticipated? Guilty.

As many of us are practicing social distancing to help stop the spread of COVID-19, it’s no secret that screen time on mobile devices, laptops and iPads has increased.

While this has quickly become the new normal, have you ever stopped to think about how all of the constant exposure to blue light could be affecting your skin?

What’s blue light?

Blue light, also known as high-energy visible light (HEV), is light emitted from all of our screens, and there is still ongoing research about its effects.

Board-certified dermatologist Dr. Whitney Bowe told “GMA” that natural light from the sun is one of the strongest sources of blue light. “The sun emits UV rays, infrared rays, visible rays or visible light, and blue light is part of physical light,” she said.