• Skin Guru

Dirty Digital Devices (& Acne)

Ever wonder what's lurking behind your keys on your computer, or screen on your phone or tablet?

Enterococcus faecium, Staphylococcus aureus and even a little E.coli can contaminate the surfaces. This can be multiplied with a greater number of germs if more than one user shares the device. The most common bacteria that are found on our keyboards tend to come from our skin, mouth, and nose and these survive up to 24 hours on keyboards. Most of these cause no harm but can aggravate skin that is susceptible to infections like acne, rosacea or eczema. Hence, cellphone acne or local inflamed and infected pustules may appear when lots of time is spent on digital devices. Like during COVID online schooling, college, and work! There are easy solutions to this.

  1. Wash you hands before and after using your digital devices.

  2. Shut off your computer, turn the keyboard upside down, and gently tap it over a trash can. This will get rid of old food crumbs and other yucky stuff.

  3. At least once a week, clean on and around the keys with a slightly damp alcohol swab, and then use a dry lint free cleaning cloth to wipe down the keyboard.

This will insure a clean device, less chance of making any skin conditions worse, and a happy online experience!

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