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How Does Pollution Affect Skin?


By: Samantha Posted: 12/19/2016

You are probably already aware of the risk of UV ray exposure and the havoc other extreme climates can wreak on your skin, but a recent study found a new cause of acceleration of the rate of aging for us to worry about. Air pollution is attracting more attention in the media and from doctors, and raising concerns in patients worldwide.

A Silent But Deadly Enemy

Your skin is your first defense and the organ most susceptible to damage from outside influences. The most common sources of air pollutants include car exhaust, cigarette smoke, factory exhaust, agricultural activities etc. These result in smog, acid rains and dust. All of these factors do drastically affect your health. As far as the skin is concerned, air pollution depletes the skin of anti-oxidants and reacts with sebum. It has been reported that minuscule particles suspended in the air, and excess NO2 in the air, are associated to an increase of age spots (but not of wrinkles).

How to Avoid the Effects of Pollutants

While it’s very difficult to steer clear of all pollutants in the air, there are many things that you can do to protect your skin. Here are some ways on how to protect skin from pollution:

Cleanse and purify daily. It’s important to clean your skin every night. Not only does this clean the gunk out, but it also rids your pores of excess oil, sweat, make-up and more, which can all cause unsightly breakouts. Polluted air gives a strong sensation of dirt and often people overreach to cleansers and detergents that disorganize the lipid structure of the epidermis and render it prone to irritation and redness.

It’s important to know the proper skincare techniques and city skin care tips to protect your skin from the elements. Drink plenty of water. This helps to ensure you’re hydrated from the inside out and quenches thirsty skin. Eat your fruits and veggies. These foods are rich in antioxidants, such as Vitamin C, which protect your skin against the free radicals floating around in the air.