For millennials, technology hasn’t simply become a part of daily life — our routines rely on it. Whether our job is primarily computer-based or we’re constantly on our phones snapping selfies, posting Snapchats or sharing things on Instagram, we’re the digital generation, and we’ve come to terms with that. Our skin, on the other hand, doesn’t appear to be so down for the technological shift. A recent story from the Daily Mail by London-based blogger Mehreen Baig has revealed the light emitted from your computer and phone screens could be doing some terrifying things to your skin.

Baig, whose life as a blogger often requires her to take upwards of 50 selfies a day, began to notice freckles on her cheeks, larger pores and dark undereye circles. She consulted Simon Zokaie, a cosmetic dermatologist at the Linia Skin Clinic in London to see what was causing the problem. Zokaie told Baig that computer and phone screen were the culprits. Here’s the deal: Devices like phones, laptops and tablets all emit blue light (AKA HEV light). Recent studies have suggested this light generates the same amount of reactive oxygen species (ROS) as UVA and UVB light COMBINED. ROS by the way, are oxygen molecules generated by UV rays and pollution that lessen skin’s ability to repair itself. Yikes.

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When examining Baig’s skin, Dr. Zokaie found pigmentation, freckles and brown spots. He associated all three to overexposure to HEV light. He also informed her it’s potentially why her breakouts could be taking longer to settle.

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So, this is all great info to be aware of — but WTF are you supposed to do if your job relies on a computer? Dr. Zokaie advises applying an antioxidant serum in the morning and an antioxidant cream at night. A serum-type substance will penetrate the pores, while an antioxidant element can help to slow down and even reverse the process of ROS. If you’re looking for somewhere to start, try incorporating Goop’s Antioxidant-Infused Sunscreen Mist With Vitamin C ($13) and Origins’ White Tea Cleanser ($24) into your skin care regime.

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