According to, smart phones can cause acne. This kind of acne shows up on one side of your face after you’ve been on the phone for a long time.

I went straight to Dr. Steven Rotter, a board-certified dermatologist, for answers.

“Bacteria is one of the main causes of acne, which is why it’s important to clean off your screen regularly,” he said. “Any time a patient comes in complaining about acne the first thing I ask them is what side of their face they usually hold their phone against…

What happens when you hold your phone up to your face is that there is a mechanical stimulation (the pressure against the oil glands) that triggers them to produce more oil. Then, the bacteria from the screen—and the heat that it gives that breeds more bacteria—mixes together and results in a blemish.

Last week we talked about the possibility that smart phones could cause wrinkles, and we were admittedly dubious. However, the link between smart phones and acne seems far more scientifically validated than the link between smart phones and wrinkles.

So find that Bluetooth and grab a screen protector so you can wipe down your phone every day. Then, prevent and treat any stubborn spots with Repiderm, our all-in-one acne solution. There’s no need to give up your technology when the problem is so easy to manage!