A Strangely Hi-Tech Source Of Skin Discoloration

Just like on the face, the skin on our body can experience discoloration. Sun damage is often the culprit, but a more hi-tech heat source is now being blamed for a recent rise in leg-specific discoloration.

An increasing number of people have been visiting dermatologists with a mysterious darkness on their thighs. At first, the mottled, sponge-like pattern bewildered both patients and doctors, but a common thread was eventually identified: laptop use.

Although many manufacturers include warnings in their user manuals to not place laptops on one's lap for an extended period of time, this hasn't stopped many people from keeping the devices atop their thighs for hours at a time, exposing their skin to temperatures higher than 100 degrees.

Experts have labeled this laptop-induced discoloration "toasted skin syndrome." Although the name may sound silly, it can cause permanent darkening and, in extremely rare cases, squamous cell skin cancer.

This kind of discoloration can be prevented by simply placing a barrier between your laptop and your skin.

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