Your skin is exposed to air pollution every day, whether it is smog, dust, UV radiation, or free radicals. The consequences of chronic pollution on your skin can vary from dryness and redness to serious aging symptoms like fine lines and wrinkles.
In this article, we’ll explain how to develop a good skin care regimen and include some of the best practices in your everyday life to protect your skin from pollution.
How does air pollution affect your skin?
The air quality of your environment can have several negative effects on your complexion. Below are just some of the ways pollution particles can wreak havoc on your skin.
Ultraviolet rays, or UV, can create irreversible skin damage. It triggers a condition known as solar elastosis, which is the accumulation of abnormal elastic material in the dermis. This breaks down your skin’s elasticity, which then causes sagging.
Particulate matter and other pollutants can enter the skin and create dark spots called melasma. In addition to that, UV rays can permanently damage skin cells, leading to permanent skin damage in the form of pigmentation.
Pollution can cause acne. According to a study published in the January 2018 edition of Cosmetics, particulate matter can settle in the pores, creating blemishes. On top of that, pollutants can accelerate sebum production to compensate for a loss of moisture, which can lead to further breakouts.
Excessive sun exposure can result in dryness. Too much sun can make your skin flaky and even itchy. That’s because sunlight can deplete your skin with its natural oils. Meanwhile, particulate matter such as smog can also strip your skin of essential moisture.
An effective anti-pollution skincare regimen should include the following items:
- Face mask
- Eye cream
About the Author: Dr. Donika Vata is a medical doctor from Ferizaj, Kosovo. She studied general medicine from University of Hasan Prishtina.
She 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.