When most people think of skin damage, UV rays typically come to mind. But did you know that the damaging effects of high-energy visible (HEV) light can be as harmful as the damage caused by UVA and UVB light combined?
HEV (High Energy Visible) light is a high frequency light that is visible to the human eye. It falls within the blue/violet spectrum. HEV light occurs naturally in sunlight, but we are also exposed to it indoors, as it is created by laptops, mobile phones and other digital screens. We know a great deal about the dangers associated with exposure to ultraviolet light, but we are still learning a great deal about the effects of light on skin more generally, and in particular the dangers associated with HEV.
Recent research has shown that HEV may be just as damaging to the skin as UV light, although in different ways. HEV light can affect how efficiently the skin is working both in relation to its ability to heal, and how effectively it acts as a barrier. It can also cause premature aging and age spots. Unlike UV light, which causes direct damage to your DNA, HEV damages the skin by assisting in the creation of free radicals and oxidative stress. In order to maintain skin’s health, it should be shielded from HEV.
Prevention is key, and sunscreens that block HEV light can help protect skin from damage, but if you are already noticing brown pigment spots the skin experts at Beyond Skin can help reduce the appearance of these.