How environmental pollutants damage your skin


How environmental pollutants damage your skin

Exhaust fumes, particulate matter and smoke make us old and our skin sick. We know what to do about it.

The connection between skin problems and air pollution has long been a hot topic at international dermatologist congresses. During a meeting in Beijing, 800 dermatologists were asked whether they thought the issues were related. Lo and behold, 70 percent agreed.

The reason? Air pollution increases sebum production and our skin becomes oilier. Over time, bacteria then multiply on our skin’s surface and trigger inflammation in the sebaceous glands. Fine dust oxidizes and hardens our natural protective skin layer (squalene), clogs the pores and blackheads and pimples appear . This process is particularly bad for acne sufferers, but healthy skin also suffers.

These are deposited on our skin and trigger inflammation and impurities:
1. Particulate matter
Combustion residues from coal, wood or fuel, but also construction dust and particles from tire abrasion.

2. gases
When fuel is burned, nitrogen oxide is produced, which reacts with oxygen in the air and becomes nitrogen oxide.

3. Smog
Fine dust and gases react with sunlight – ground-level ozone and new fine dust particles are formed.

4. Volatile Organic Compounds
Various substances produced during the incineration of waste and the burning of coal and petroleum products. This also includes the sulfur dioxide, which smells like rotten eggs and is produced when coal is burned.

5. Cigarette smoke
Smoking damages our skin from the inside and out. The smoke we blow out settles right back on our skin.

Research is responding with ever better care formulas that are intended to protect our skin from a wide variety of environmental influences.

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