Picture this: A person enjoying a cup of hot chocolate and a good book while resting in an arm chair in front of a blazing fireplace. A cozy image of the winter season? Perhaps, but it’s becoming increasing clear that this picture is not a healthy one. That wood, which is burning so brightly, is spewing forth an invisible battalion of minute particles to pollute the air we breathe and that surrounds our skin. Wood smoke generates PM 2.5 pollution.
‘PM2.5’ stands for particulate matter less than 2.5 microns – which is less than 1/100 000 of an inch – in diameter.
PM2.5 pollution is well known to cause flares of asthma and to be harmful for adults with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and other chronic lung disorders. Inhalation of these particles is also dangerous for those with preexisting heart disease, raising blood pressure and, indeed, precipitating heart attacks. PM2.5 pollution is also linked to chronic kidney disease and lung cancer. It is dangerous for pregnant women, as well. These particles are also linked to miscarriages, prematurity, and lower birth weight babies.
PM2.5 pollution is bad for the skin, too.
PM2.5 and even smaller, ‘ultrafine’ particles enter the skin. PM2.5 can enter via the hair follicles, the even smaller, ultrafine particles can even penetrate through lipid membranes of the stratum corneum. Particles can also access skin through the blood after being absorbed through the lungs.[Read more…] about Health Impacts of Wood Smoke and PM2.5 Pollution on Your Skin