"Allergic Reactions that Lead to Aging
Recent research suggests that prolonged exposure to a computer screen may lead to discoloration, blotches, rashes, and skin allergies. Those with pre-existing skin problems, like rosacea and sun sensitivity, could be even more at risk.
According to some scientists, monitors create an electrostatic field that attracts floating dust that can then settle on the skin and cause dryness, irritation, and allergic reactions—particularly in poorly ventilated areas. Swedish associate professor at the Experimental Dermatology Unit, Karolinska Institute, Olle Johansson, agrees that in some sensitive individuals, excessive screen exposure can lead to “screen dermatitis,” in which skin cells suffer as a result of consistent exposure to light and electromagnetic fields.
What to Do
What we do know is that even though LCD screens don’t emit UV radiation, they do emit LED light, which has been connected to eye damage.
A 2013 study linked LED lights in bulbs, computers, Cell Phone
s, and TVs to increased risk of irreparable harm to the retina in the eye. Researchers stated the damage came from high levels of radiation in the “blue band” of light. They estimated the problem is likely to grow as more computers, mobile phones and TV screens use LED lights. Experts have called for built-in filters to cut down on the blue glare.
Of course, fluorescent light bulbs also emit UV radiation, further exposing your skin to potential damage and premature aging while at the office.
To protect your skin, eyes, and overall appearance, try these tips:
Purchase an anti-glare screen that fits over the computer monitor to cut down on radiation exposure and the glare of blue light.
Wear sunscreen every day.
Use skin care products with antioxidants in them—they provide natural protection from UV radiation.
Maintain a good distance from the monitor and clean it regularly (to remove dust).
Stay hydrated and drink plenty of water.
Consider applying moisturizer or a hydrating mist periodically through a long day."