Wow, it's been a while since i've posted here, didn't realise my thread had so many posts!
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've heard this before, but could you at least attempt to explain it? And just because there is a correlation doesn't mean there is causation. There are plenty of other factors to consider like diet, exercise, getting some sun...
What do you mean by explain it? Explain how I think looking at the screen makes my skin oilier? Well, er, no, because as a lot of people have pointed out, it's pretty crazy. I do however get sick of people HAVING to have proof of something for it to be true, a study or something. The fact of the matter is science isn't even begining to understand much of anything. Of course, there are things which are set in stone, but I would barely say this sits in that category. Just because there isn't proven science, it doesn't mean people need to shut it off instantly.
I will take a wild guess and say that it has something to do with the fact I played competitive Counter Strike for years. For those who don't know it can get pretty stressful and adrenaline filled, especially when your as competitive as me. Perhaps, as mentioned earlier, it's a placebo, where my mind recgonises the fact im sat in the same place (same surroundings, etc) and recreates the chemicals/hormones, I don't know. I still even play a bit to this day, just not really competitively. The constant battering of my adrenals from production of cortisol/adrenaline etc won't have done me any good, especially for hours every day for years (this is actually why I reckon my acne got so bad). Maybe it is just the heat from the monitor? But that would only make my face sweat, which has never had a negative effect on my acne.
For those who are saying about other variables, here's some details. I goto the gym 3 times a week lifting heavy, which is considered the healthiest exercise for any man, I drink a lot of water, my diet is good and I will leave it that, else someone who follows a rediculous diet comes and 'corrects' me. Lets just say I stay away from dairy, gluten, additives etc, and my carb content isn't off the scale with high GI. I get around 8 hours of sleep a night. Stress is good all the time. I walk the dogs pretty much everyday for an hour or two in the fresh countryside.
Anyway, there's a good mix of people who want to try this out and people who think it's mad, but, it seems to be one of the biggest causes of my acne
although some of this may be true, it is not entirely true. i have a friend who spends hours and hours on the computer and he has perfect skin. i dont know about the light from the computer, but it could be from staying indoors for a long period of time, not getting fresh air, etc. also, there are a lot of pro computer gamers who spend 10 hours a day playing computer games with perfect skin,
these guys are professional computer gamers, they spend hours in front of the computer screen
I forgot to quote this!
They don't suffer from acne full stop. Nothing they do will give them full blown acne because they aren't genetically susceptible to the condition. On that bases, they can be excluded from the discussion
Edited by ben90, 28 January 2012 - 06:41 AM.