Energy-efficient Light Bulbs May Cause Skin Damage

Staying out of the sun is the best way to avoid sun damage, but a new study on energy-efficient lightbulbs reveals that your skin cells could suffer indoors as well. Researchers from Stony Brook University in New York tested compact fluorescent light, or CFL, bulbs on human skin tissue and found that the UVA and UVC radiation damaged skin cells.

CFL bulbs are commonly used because they need less electricity and last longer than ordinary light bulbs. Phosphor coatings on the inside of the bulb should protect the skin from UVA and UVC exposure. However, the researchers found that in many cases, the phosphor linings had been compromised, cracked or damaged.

Luckily, skin damage from CFL bulbs can be mitigated with a few easy steps. First, seek out CFL bulbs that are “double-walled,” or coated with several layers of phosphor lining. Additionally, only use CFL bulbs if the bulbs are covered with an additional layer of glass or kept beneath a shade. For more information on maintaining healthy, glowing skin, contact Zimmet Vein & Dermatology today.

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