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Beiersdorf’s New Study Reveals Negligible Effect of Artificial Blue Light on Skin

Published on 2021-05-10. Edited By : SpecialChem

TAGS:  Skin Care    

Beiersdorf_Blue_Light_SkinThe Beiersdorf research team headed by Dr. Ludger Kolbe, Chief Scientist Photobiology, refuted the sometimes critical voices circulating on the subject of artificial blue light.

As the number of hours we spend in front of laptop, smartphone, and TV screens increases, particularly during the coronavirus pandemic, so too does conjecture about the effect of these kinds of light sources on our stress levels, sleeping patterns or directly on our skin. It all comes down to the blue light emitted by end devices such as these.

Effects of Blue Light from Sun

We are already well aware of the effects of the blue light from the sun, which is why there is suspicion that the artificial screen variant might also damage the skin – often on the basis of insufficient evidence. Beiersdorf research provides sound findings that offer some insights into the effects of natural blue light – high-energy visible (HEV) light – and artificial blue light on the skin.

Public discourse has been characterized by a lack of knowledge and of scientific studies. But through our research activities, we have managed to prove that the amount of artificial blue light emitted during conventional use of electronic devices is nowhere near enough to trigger harmful skin effects,” explained Kolbe.

If you were to spend an entire week in front of a monitor uninterrupted at a distance of 30 cm from the screen, this would be the same as just one minute outside on a sunny summer day in Hamburg at midday. “Compared to the emissions of the sun’s natural blue light, those of artificial blue light are virtually undetectable,” added Kolbe.

Even if you were to sit up close to the screen, this would have little impact on the results: while HEV intensity increases by a factor of 17, a ten-hour phone call on a smartphone, for example, would be the same as a minute in the sunlight on a sunny day in Hamburg.

Negative Impacts on Skin are Unfounded

The much-feared negative impact of increased screen use due to the coronavirus – for example, as a result of more online meetings or increased use of smartphones – is therefore scientifically untenable. The effect on the skin is negligible, which means concerns about negative impacts on the skin are unfounded,” explained Kolbe.

The discussions surrounding artificial blue light should not distract from the actual danger sufficiently proven by many years of research at Beiersdorf. Unlike the artificial variant, the sun’s natural direct blue light poses a very high risk for the skin, which can and must be protected against.

Visible light accounts for about 50 percent of solar radiation, one-third of which is natural blue light. It penetrates much deeper into the skin than UVA rays, which make up just 5% of sunlight. As a result, scientists have long labelled this light as “potentially dangerous.”

The Beiersdorf research team has scientifically proven the same in its comprehensive study, according to which HEV light generates oxidative stress, thus accelerating skin aging and increasing hyperpigmentation.

The same study has also verified the protective effect of antioxidant ingredients, such as licochalcone A, which is used in nearly every Eucerin sunscreen product as well as in the Sensitive-Allergy and UV Face range of NIVEA SUN products.

Source: Beiersdorf
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