How pollution can affect the skin

The increase in air pollution over the years has had major effects on the human skin. It’s important to broadly identify and understand these changes, so that they can be addressed and preferably, prevented!

šŸ“ Various air pollutants along with, ultraviolet radiation, particulate matter and cigarette smoke affect the skin (which is the outermost barrier), by inducing oxidative stress.

šŸ“Although human skin acts as a biological shield against various air pollutants, prolonged or repetitive exposure to high levels of these pollutants may have negative effects on the skin. These include:

  • Clogging of pores and acne breakouts
  • Premature aging of skin
  • Irritation and allergies (including atopic dermatitis)
  • Ultraviolet radiation is associated with pigmentation and an Increased incidence of skin cancers

šŸ“One can protect oneā€™s skin by

  • Frequent face washing
  • Using anti-oxidant serums containing vitamin C, Niacinamide etc.
  • Regular sunscreen usage
  • Using protective face masks made of comfortable fabric when outdoors in polluted areas
  • Eating fresh fruits & veggies- theyā€™re loaded with anti-oxidants!

šŸŒ±Finally, as a part of a wider community, we must plant more trees! Selfless and silent, trees reduce pollution for free.

Hope you found this blog post interesting!

Published by Dr. Kanya Rani Vashisht

Dermatologist by day. Dreamer by dusk.

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