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Effects Of Air Conditioning On Your Skin

Your Air Conditioning may be your favorite thing ever when the summer comes. But no matter how great all that cool air makes you feel, the effects of it are not that good for your skin. 

What are the skin problems that your cooling system is causing?

Let’s find out!

AC effects on skin:

Air conditioning causes dry skin:

In order to regulate the temperature in your house, air conditioning removes humidity from the air. However, this might dehydrate your skin because of the moisture loss and if this dryness continues, it will eventually penetrate to the interior layers of your skin, leaving you with tight, flaky, and itchy dry skin and chapped, peeling lips.

Effects Of Air Conditioning On Your Skin

Dry and cool air inhibits oil production:

You don’t sweat because of the cooling and comfort provided by your air conditioning system. This not only makes it harder for your body to get rid of toxins, but it also causes your skin to produce less oil and evaporate it more quickly, making it appear dry, dull, and dehydrated.

Aggravates skin disorders:

The drying effects of air conditioning can aggravate or worsen skin conditions like dermatitis, psoriasis, eczema, and rosacea.

Air conditioning can result in premature aging:

If you fail to replace the moisture lost through your skin due to the drying effects of air conditioning, it can make your skin more prone to wrinkling and creasing. Over time it could lead to premature aging as moisture loss weakens the elastic properties of your skin.

Effects Of Air Conditioning On Your Skin

How to protect your skin without turning off the Air Conditioning?

Fortunately, there are many simple things you can do to protect your skin from the negative impacts of AC such as:

  • Keep your body hydrated.
  • Regularly apply moisturizer.
  • Take regular breaks from cold, air-conditioned spaces.
  • Install a humidifier to improve air quality and keep the air in your home from becoming too dry.

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Dr. DonikaAbout the Author: Dr. Donika Vata is a medical doctor from Ferizaj, Kosovo. She studied general medicine from University of Hasan Prishtina.
Dr. Vata has been writing about medical and skincare related issue in journals, social media websites, and books. She was working for some well reputed clinics such as Telehealth Pro- Online consultations, German Cancer Center, and AppLMD. Dr. Donika was also volunteering in the Covid-19 pandemic.
Currently, she is working as a medical doctor and researcher in a dermatology clinic.

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