Our skin is the shield that protects us from external aggressions. But ultraviolet (UV) light can pass through it, affecting its internal layers and causing photoageing and possibly even greater damage. Modern energy-saving bulbs, unlike the traditional incandescent and new LED lights, emit UV rays that can damage the skin.
European Union scientists have long warned that energy saving bulbs, known as compact fluorescent lamps (CFL), may have negative effects on the skin’s health because they emit ultraviolet (UV) rays like the sun. In fact, at distances of under 20 cm these effects appear to be demonstrated, especially for people with previous skin problems. Fluorescent lamp manufacturers state that quality products have a dual layer that reduces the radiation, leaving it too weak to cause skin cancer. But, just in case: buy reputable bulbs and keep your distance!
By Fede Montagud
British Journal of Dermatology