Pollution Affects Skin
It’s common knowledge that air pollution is bad for our lungs. Individuals with asthma or other chronic lung ailments are particularly vulnerable to its effects. But how often have we thought about the harm that pollution could be doing to our skin? Don’t feel guilty if you haven’t given this much thought, because dermatologists, themselves, have paid little attention to it– at least not until recently, that is. And one thing seems obvious at the outset. Unlike our eyes, which itch and water on days when the pollution index soars, or our lungs which may tighten if we have sensitive lungs – skin gives us no warnings that it is under attack.
The effects of pollution on our skin are typically insidious, their onset delayed.
Yet, several recent studies have shown that polluted air is bad for the skin. Air pollution increases office visits for acne, and is associated with flares of eczema (atopic dermatitis) in children and the increased prevalence of other eczemas in older adults. Air pollution is also linked to the development of pigmented spots on the face.[Read more…] about Pollution Affects Skin, Too