Toasted Skin Syndrome. Really!

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An increase in a skin condition, named Toasted Skin Syndrome, has been identified.

Associated with the use of laptops, toasted skin syndrome is the result of long term  heat exposure generated by the devices resulting in a mottled appearance on the skin. While laptop use is most commonly linked with the condition, the overuse of heating pads and other heating sources may also be responsible. Not hot enough to cause burns, they may result in skin darkening.

Affected skin resembles skin that has suffered long term sun exposure. And while laptops are increasingly associated with toasted skin syndrome, in the past it has occurred in workers whose jobs require being close to a heat source – bakers and glass blowers. Before central heating was introduced, it was also common in people who huddled near potbellied stoves to keep warm.

The obvious treatment is to pay attention to how hot your laptop gets. You may want to consider using it on a desk rather than on your lap.

Read more about toasted skin syndrome here.

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  1. Raphaella

    Hi there, I have an urgent question for you…I used Hydroquinone for anal lightening and instead the ENTIRE area has gotten dark brown, This is so embarassing as its now much worse than before and a much larger area, any advice? I would do ANYTHING to get rid of this situation, including buy any product pretty much. But I need to know that you clearly understand what triggered this….on any other area it does not go darker but lighter, but my anal area is a catastrophe, will this go away by itself, it has been more than a month and its still there, its purpelish dark….

    1. Sharmani

      If a product intending to lighten skin results in darker skin, then you could be experiencing an allergic reaction and it is wise to discontinue use immediately (if you haven’t already done so). Skin care products are often intended for use on certain body parts and not others. This may be due to greater skin sensitivity in certain areas such as under the eyes or mucous membranes. Read labels carefully and always perform a spot test on the area in which you intend to apply. You may wish to consult with your physician for more specific guidance.

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