How to Deal With Zoom Dysmorphia
Zoom dysmorphia is defined as a negative perception of one’s self-image when on a video meeting. With the sharp increase in the number of people using Zoom daily, dermatologists are reporting an increase in people coming in for consults for cosmetic procedures. A majority of those patients – 86% – list video meetings as a reason for the consult, according to a study presented at the American Academy of Dermatology. The study’s author, Dr. Shadi Kourosh, provides these tips for dealing with Zoom dysmorphia:
- Assess your technology: Consider using an external, high-resolution camera for quality video and adding a ring light to control how you illuminate your face, which will also improve how you appear on camera.
- Adjust your camera: Try positioning the screen a further distance away from your face and keep the camera at eye level, which can help to minimize the distortion of the camera and improve appearance.
- Protect your mental health: Find opportunities to reduce the amount of time spent looking into a front-facing camera by turning off your video on calls when it is not required. It can also be helpful to limit social media engagement. Since photo editing is so pervasive on social media, it’s unhealthy to compare your own distorted images from front-facing cameras to edited and augmented photos posted online. It may also help to talk with a mental health professional, who can help a person take a healthier approach to their appearance and offer strategies for redirecting one’s focus away from perceived physical flaws.
- See a board-certified dermatologist: If you’re concerned about your appearance, see a board-certified dermatologist, who can help identify whether a problem truly needs aesthetic intervention and can recommend appropriate products or treatments to help you look and feel your best.(1)
(1) American Academy of Dermatology, New Research Focuses on a Growing Pandemic Problem: Zoom Dysmorphia, https://aad.new-media-release.com/