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#1 ben90

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Posted 17 June 2010 - 05:40 AM

Right, so first off il say i've had acne for a long time, all through my teens so its not a recent thing. I've always played alot of computer games, starting off with consoles and moving onto the PC when I got upto like 16, and this is when my acne started getting worse.

Now im assuming that if most people here are like me, they spend hours inside on the PC staring at a bright monitor because their too ashamed to go out. I also realise that oil production is the main reason for acne, after all without the excess oil you dont get spots, hence accutanes effectiveness most of the time.

The reason I started this thread is because for me, there is a CLEAR correlation between looking at a computer screen and oil production. The longer I look at one, the more oily my skin becomes, and the pores around the side my nose become noticeably larger. I've spoken to a couple others who also found this to be the case, but for some reason never connected the two.

Now though, i've barely touched my computer that I play CSS on for almost 2 weeks, and only used the laptops for 30 mins max without a break and I have to say the difference in oil production is actually INSANE! Its more than halved, without being generous. As a result, my skin is becoming a fair amount better, and I am only recovering from my 2 week binge on the computer since I left it. Since I have had only one new spot, ONE!

I honestly urge people to keep an eye on this and post any feedback they find, as I feel its a real big cause for most without realising, and is obviously something that can be quite easily sorted out, Its a painfully boring first two weeks, but it makes such a difference and is definately worth it.

(p.s) I really had no idea where to put this so sorry if its in the wrong section.

Edited by ben90, 17 June 2010 - 05:43 AM.


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Posted 17 June 2010 - 06:08 AM

Moved to Oily Skin Issues as it seems to fit there the best. smile.gif

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Posted 17 June 2010 - 07:32 AM

hehe whoops!

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Posted 17 June 2010 - 07:42 AM

QUOTE (ben90 @ Jun 17 2010, 09:32 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
hehe whoops!

It's no problem at all. smile.gif Many people seem to mistakenly post in acne research. Take a look at all the moved posts in there!

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Posted 17 June 2010 - 03:48 PM

Have you stopped playing video games? Playing video games can increase testosterone levels, and I'd bank on that being the cause of your excess oil rather than the screen.

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Posted 17 June 2010 - 06:09 PM

I never spent much time with computers until about 1.5 years ago when I got my laptop. My skin has remained the same. Well better actually since I now have a proper regimen to follow...

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Posted 18 June 2010 - 05:53 AM

QUOTE (QuirkyPixy @ Jun 17 2010, 10:48 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Have you stopped playing video games? Playing video games can increase testosterone levels, and I'd bank on that being the cause of your excess oil rather than the screen.


Yes, but even since i've only been browsing the web on the laptop, I still see more oil than if I was reading a book for an hour, and im sure I dont get excited from reading forums! surprised.gif lol.gif

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Posted 18 June 2010 - 08:36 AM

QUOTE (ben90 @ Jun 17 2010, 05:40 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Right, so first off il say i've had acne for a long time, all through my teens so its not a recent thing. I've always played alot of computer games, starting off with consoles and moving onto the PC when I got upto like 16, and this is when my acne started getting worse.

Now im assuming that if most people here are like me, they spend hours inside on the PC staring at a bright monitor because their too ashamed to go out. I also realise that oil production is the main reason for acne, after all without the excess oil you dont get spots, hence accutanes effectiveness most of the time.

The reason I started this thread is because for me, there is a CLEAR correlation between looking at a computer screen and oil production. The longer I look at one, the more oily my skin becomes, and the pores around the side my nose become noticeably larger. I've spoken to a couple others who also found this to be the case, but for some reason never connected the two.

Now though, i've barely touched my computer that I play CSS on for almost 2 weeks, and only used the laptops for 30 mins max without a break and I have to say the difference in oil production is actually INSANE! Its more than halved, without being generous. As a result, my skin is becoming a fair amount better, and I am only recovering from my 2 week binge on the computer since I left it. Since I have had only one new spot, ONE!

I honestly urge people to keep an eye on this and post any feedback they find, as I feel its a real big cause for most without realising, and is obviously something that can be quite easily sorted out, Its a painfully boring first two weeks, but it makes such a difference and is definately worth it.

(p.s) I really had no idea where to put this so sorry if its in the wrong section.

is this for real?because im using my computer from 10:am to 11:00pm at midnight.

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Posted 18 June 2010 - 08:50 AM

QUOTE (demaguil @ Jun 18 2010, 09:36 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
QUOTE (ben90 @ Jun 17 2010, 05:40 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Right, so first off il say i've had acne for a long time, all through my teens so its not a recent thing. I've always played alot of computer games, starting off with consoles and moving onto the PC when I got upto like 16, and this is when my acne started getting worse.

Now im assuming that if most people here are like me, they spend hours inside on the PC staring at a bright monitor because their too ashamed to go out. I also realise that oil production is the main reason for acne, after all without the excess oil you dont get spots, hence accutanes effectiveness most of the time.

The reason I started this thread is because for me, there is a CLEAR correlation between looking at a computer screen and oil production. The longer I look at one, the more oily my skin becomes, and the pores around the side my nose become noticeably larger. I've spoken to a couple others who also found this to be the case, but for some reason never connected the two.

Now though, i've barely touched my computer that I play CSS on for almost 2 weeks, and only used the laptops for 30 mins max without a break and I have to say the difference in oil production is actually INSANE! Its more than halved, without being generous. As a result, my skin is becoming a fair amount better, and I am only recovering from my 2 week binge on the computer since I left it. Since I have had only one new spot, ONE!

I honestly urge people to keep an eye on this and post any feedback they find, as I feel its a real big cause for most without realising, and is obviously something that can be quite easily sorted out, Its a painfully boring first two weeks, but it makes such a difference and is definately worth it.

(p.s) I really had no idea where to put this so sorry if its in the wrong section.

is this for real?because im using my computer from 10:am to 11:00pm at midnight.



Wondering the same, because i have to do a lot of office work at work on the computer and when i get home i am usually on it for the most part. I also play video games here and there, either on PC or on Console. Usually though its just browsing these forums and always researching for answers to this freakin disease.

Edited by JayQ, 18 June 2010 - 08:51 AM.


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Posted 18 June 2010 - 11:50 AM

People come up with the craziest things.

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Posted 18 June 2010 - 03:06 PM

QUOTE (demaguil @ Jun 18 2010, 03:36 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
QUOTE (ben90 @ Jun 17 2010, 05:40 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Right, so first off il say i've had acne for a long time, all through my teens so its not a recent thing. I've always played alot of computer games, starting off with consoles and moving onto the PC when I got upto like 16, and this is when my acne started getting worse.

Now im assuming that if most people here are like me, they spend hours inside on the PC staring at a bright monitor because their too ashamed to go out. I also realise that oil production is the main reason for acne, after all without the excess oil you dont get spots, hence accutanes effectiveness most of the time.

The reason I started this thread is because for me, there is a CLEAR correlation between looking at a computer screen and oil production. The longer I look at one, the more oily my skin becomes, and the pores around the side my nose become noticeably larger. I've spoken to a couple others who also found this to be the case, but for some reason never connected the two.

Now though, i've barely touched my computer that I play CSS on for almost 2 weeks, and only used the laptops for 30 mins max without a break and I have to say the difference in oil production is actually INSANE! Its more than halved, without being generous. As a result, my skin is becoming a fair amount better, and I am only recovering from my 2 week binge on the computer since I left it. Since I have had only one new spot, ONE!

I honestly urge people to keep an eye on this and post any feedback they find, as I feel its a real big cause for most without realising, and is obviously something that can be quite easily sorted out, Its a painfully boring first two weeks, but it makes such a difference and is definately worth it.

(p.s) I really had no idea where to put this so sorry if its in the wrong section.

is this for real?because im using my computer from 10:am to 11:00pm at midnight.


Absolutely, do you suffer from oily skin at all?

QUOTE (JayQ @ Jun 18 2010, 03:50 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
QUOTE (demaguil @ Jun 18 2010, 09:36 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
QUOTE (ben90 @ Jun 17 2010, 05:40 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Right, so first off il say i've had acne for a long time, all through my teens so its not a recent thing. I've always played alot of computer games, starting off with consoles and moving onto the PC when I got upto like 16, and this is when my acne started getting worse.

Now im assuming that if most people here are like me, they spend hours inside on the PC staring at a bright monitor because their too ashamed to go out. I also realise that oil production is the main reason for acne, after all without the excess oil you dont get spots, hence accutanes effectiveness most of the time.

The reason I started this thread is because for me, there is a CLEAR correlation between looking at a computer screen and oil production. The longer I look at one, the more oily my skin becomes, and the pores around the side my nose become noticeably larger. I've spoken to a couple others who also found this to be the case, but for some reason never connected the two.

Now though, i've barely touched my computer that I play CSS on for almost 2 weeks, and only used the laptops for 30 mins max without a break and I have to say the difference in oil production is actually INSANE! Its more than halved, without being generous. As a result, my skin is becoming a fair amount better, and I am only recovering from my 2 week binge on the computer since I left it. Since I have had only one new spot, ONE!

I honestly urge people to keep an eye on this and post any feedback they find, as I feel its a real big cause for most without realising, and is obviously something that can be quite easily sorted out, Its a painfully boring first two weeks, but it makes such a difference and is definately worth it.

(p.s) I really had no idea where to put this so sorry if its in the wrong section.

is this for real?because im using my computer from 10:am to 11:00pm at midnight.




Wondering the same, because i have to do a lot of office work at work on the computer and when i get home i am usually on it for the most part. I also play video games here and there, either on PC or on Console. Usually though its just browsing these forums and always researching for answers to this freakin disease.




QUOTE (Jay326 @ Jun 18 2010, 06:50 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
People come up with the craziest things.


Fact of the matter is, when I look at a screen my skins become oily, when I dont, it stays fine. Cant really argue with that so I dont see why its crazy smile.gif

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Posted 19 June 2010 - 07:54 PM

It could be a reverse placebo effect. If you tell yourself you WILL get more oily by looking at a screen that that is exactly what your brain will tell your body to do. I used to think that masturbating broke me out (and it did) but then I decided to test it so I told myself- When i do this my skin will NOT get worse. And it didnt. Now I hear you can tell it to get better. havent tried that one yet. Dot underestimate the powers of psychology!

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Posted 20 June 2010 - 12:52 PM

QUOTE (ben90 @ Jun 17 2010, 12:40 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Right, so first off il say i've had acne for a long time, all through my teens so its not a recent thing. I've always played alot of computer games, starting off with consoles and moving onto the PC when I got upto like 16, and this is when my acne started getting worse.

Now im assuming that if most people here are like me, they spend hours inside on the PC staring at a bright monitor because their too ashamed to go out. I also realise that oil production is the main reason for acne, after all without the excess oil you dont get spots, hence accutanes effectiveness most of the time.

The reason I started this thread is because for me, there is a CLEAR correlation between looking at a computer screen and oil production. The longer I look at one, the more oily my skin becomes, and the pores around the side my nose become noticeably larger. I've spoken to a couple others who also found this to be the case, but for some reason never connected the two.

Now though, i've barely touched my computer that I play CSS on for almost 2 weeks, and only used the laptops for 30 mins max without a break and I have to say the difference in oil production is actually INSANE! Its more than halved, without being generous. As a result, my skin is becoming a fair amount better, and I am only recovering from my 2 week binge on the computer since I left it. Since I have had only one new spot, ONE!

I honestly urge people to keep an eye on this and post any feedback they find, as I feel its a real big cause for most without realising, and is obviously something that can be quite easily sorted out, Its a painfully boring first two weeks, but it makes such a difference and is definately worth it.

(p.s) I really had no idea where to put this so sorry if its in the wrong section.



I think this connects to several things:

things which can improve skin:
exersizing, daylight and skin/lung exposure to fresher air (more oxygen)

things which are decreased the longer you spend on a computer:
exersizing, daylight and skin/lung exposure to fresher air

I think sedentary lifestyles exacerbate acne symptoms, even if you dont go outside you will get more exersize doing most things which dont involve staring at a screan cause usually when you are staring at a screen you are sitting in the dark doing... not much.

being at all active also decreases stress levels which have been connected to skin and overall health.

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Posted 27 June 2010 - 09:28 PM

I thought this was crazy too, not when i read this, but when i think back in my situation.

I started getting oily skin too when i first started using computers at school, and when i got a computer for home, this was when i was noticing i was getting oily skin.

This was one major change in my life i had to think back to.

Not sure if it isn't, not really sure what to think.

Though i do think there may be like some chemicals or radiation (i don't know) something that may be coming out from the computer?? You never know some people who are sensitive to certain things.



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Posted 28 June 2010 - 10:59 AM

"Though i do think there may be like some chemicals or radiation (i don't know) something that may be coming out from the computer?? You never know some people who are sensitive to certain things."

no... if anything, this is related to the diurnal behavior

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Posted 01 July 2010 - 04:10 PM

I'm not sure whether It's staring at a screen which increases oil production. My acne was worse when I used to play video games, all I did was shout at my console when the slightest thing went wrong, this caused me to get all hot, stressed and agitated, and being so involved in the game i didn't notice how oily my face was getting! redface.gif So I just cut out video games all together, took up reading biggrin.gif

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Posted 15 July 2010 - 11:28 AM

You might have a point there! My acne has got worse in the pas few days, and I've been using my laptop a lot. something about the LCD screens, I guess. . . Or it could be just an unhealthy lifestyle.

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Posted 15 July 2010 - 11:49 AM

Counterstrike: Source is tha BEST! I don't think it's related to my acne though I never played games or looked at pc monitors a lot in college and I broke out insanely there.

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Posted 23 July 2010 - 07:44 PM

I got my worst acne while using the computer a lot. However, I used the computer all the time my freshman year of high school and didn't break out as bad. I had mild acne even in grade school when I never used the computer. Plus, I get oily skin anywhere I go...especially at school. I don't think I produce more oil while sitting in front of the computer.

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Posted 26 July 2010 - 10:45 AM

It sounds crazy, but very possible. Think about it: certain types of light DEFINITELY affect acne. Sunlight, obviously. Red and blue light supposedly destroy acne bacteria. Lasers are used to slow sebaceous glands. Maybe the light from a computer screen does in fact exacerbate acne/oily skin. I research on the computer at least a few hours a day, and my skin is very oily. I need to find out what type of light a computer screen produces.