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The Effects Of Air Pollution On Your Skin

August 09, 2018

The Effects Of Air Pollution On Your Skin

Over the years air pollution has been on the rise, and there have been major impacts on the human skin.

The upper layer of the epidermis, which is the outer layer of the skin, acts as a barrier to protect your skin. But as the first line of defense, it is also a major target of air pollution.

"The skin is exposed to ultraviolet radiation (UVR) and environmental air pollutants such as polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), volatile organic compounds (VOCs), oxides, particulate matter (PM), ozone (O3), and cigarette smoke. Although human skin acts as a biological shield against pro-oxidative chemical and physical air pollutants, the prolonged or repetitive exposure to high levels of these pollutants may have profound negative effects on the skin." - Frontiers in Environmental Science

Effects of air pollutants on the skin may include:

  • skin aging
  • inflammatory or allergic skin conditions
  • atopic dermatitis
  • eczema
  • psoriasis
  • acne
  • skin cancer

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More Effects Of Air Pollution

A number of studies have been conducted to determine the effect air pollution is having on humans. If you live in an area with high levels of air pollution, an air purifier can help you control the air quality in your home.

Find more articles about air pollution and the harmful effects it can have on your skin, mental health, lungs and more.


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