The Impact Of Air Pollution On The Skin

Air pollution is a widespread concern that can have harmful effects on every skin from young to old. Some effects include dry skin, premature aging, rashes on the skin, eczema and acne caused by dirt and bacteria in the air. It is important to consider not only the outdoor air pollutants when it comes to health concerns but also indoor pollutants which can result in various skin problems and poses other health risks. Research have shown that pollutant levels found indoor can be two to five times higher than outdoor air pollutants.

Indoor Pollutants

Stoves and fireplaces are common sources of indoor pollution due to the particles produced from wood and foam insulation. High exposure to these sources can cause skin rashes and leave the skin dry and irritated. These skin troubles can be avoided by implementing a proper ventilation system which will allow for fresh outdoor air. Purchasing a dehumidifier can also lower the humidity levels in your home and reduce the level of indoor pollutants. Another way to lower the exposure to indoor pollutants is to look at all your personal products such as skincare and cosmetics and use only products that produce low amounts of formaldehyde, which is a toxic chemical compound that may cause serious health problems people that are exposed to it. Some problems include irritation of the eyes, nose and throat.

Outdoor Pollutants

As air pollutants corrode the ozone layer, the UV radiation from the sun can penetrate through the outer layers of the atmosphere. This can lead to serious health issues such as skin cancer and tumors forming in the body. The free radicals and pollutants that are absorbed through the skin can also damage the cells in the body and encourage the aging process to occur more quickly.

Premature Aging

All cells in the body requires oxygen for optimal functioning. Air pollutants suck the oxygen out of skin cells, which causes aging as the skin becomes saggy and dull. They also increase the number of free radicals in the air. As aging occurs, the body becomes weaker to get rid of free radicals absorbed from the skin. This in combination with UV radiation causes the skin to be saggy as it loses elasticity from the reduced level of skin collagen production.

As you get older the body’s ability to fight free radicals diminishes. Unfortunately, pollutants increase the number of free radicals in the air. This in combination with UV radiation decreases the production of skin collagen, causing the skin to lose elasticity.


To reduce indoor pollutants, there are many solutions such as implementing a proper ventilation system and purchasing a dehumidifier to lower humidity levels at home. Regular cleaning of dust particles by using a vacuum will also reduce these pollutants and keeping air conditioner filters clean will trap pollutants. To avoid outdoor pollutants from absorbing into your skin, it is important to protect your skin when going outdoors as well as wearing long-sleeve shirts. Using skincare products that are specially designed for pollution will help you protect your skin from all pollutants to keep your skin young and healthy.

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