The ‘tech-neck’ crease is found mostly in people aged 18-39 who have an average of three digital devices and peer at their screens up to to 150 times a day!
Dermatologists say that constant neck bending to look at screens is leading to sagging skin, dropping jowls and a distinct crease above the clavical, a condition they have dubbed ‘tech-neck.’
Dr Christopher Rowland Payne, Consultant Dermatologist at The London Clinic, said: “The problem of wrinkles and sagging of the jowls and neck used to begin in late middle age but, in the last 10 years, because of ‘tech-neck’, it has become a problem for a generation of younger women.”
The ‘tech-neck’ crease is found mostly in people aged 18 to 39 who have an average of three digital devices and peer at their screens up to 150 times a day – accelerating the impact of gravity and natural loss of the skin’s elasticity.
A constant downward gaze also contributes to further lines and creases around the chin and neck area, according to skin experts.
“Neck skin is exposed to sun every day because of low necklines, especially in women, but people are less inclined to think of protecting their necks than their faces,” Dr Rowland Payne.
“This is bad news for neck skin as it starts off finer and sun thins it further. Finer skin wrinkles more readily and the fat of the neck may sag.”
In skin, sugar molecules called glycans are responsible for telling the body to produce collagen which makes the skin supple and smooth.
However with age, glycans stop working efficiently and collagen production decreases leading to loss of skin elasticity which brings creasing and wrinkles.
Dr Thierry Michaud, dermatologist and member of the YSL Skin Science team, said: “Many women I treat accept their wrinkles and fine lines but what they cannot accept is their new facial expressions.
Original article by Sarah Knapton, Science Editor, Daily Telegraph 12.1.15