How Does Air Pollution Impact Your Skin? Plus 5 Simple Protection Tips

Sure, internal aging is one factor that can contribute to less-than-desirable skin. But the complex, extensive array of harmful elements you are exposed to from the environment each day are also to blame, especially for people living in crowded inner-city areas. Unfortunately, skin is unable to completely neutralize all of these toxic substances. Because of that, long-term exposure to pollution speeds up premature aging and may cause the skin to become dry, rough, dull, or discolored. It even causes permanent free-radical damage to skin cells and increases the risk of skin cancer. Our staff at Skin Care and Laser Physicians of Beverly Hills often sees dermatology patients who are concerned about protecting their skin from this type of damage.

Pollution is ugly and destructive. It breaks down collagen and lipids contained in the skin, causes rashes and breakouts, and can trigger flare-ups of existing inflammatory conditions like eczema. Cigarette smoke, traffic fumes, and more can all chip away at your perfect complexion. Your pores also are prone to becoming blocked by small particles, which abound in areas where the air is hazy.

Here are some basic ways to safeguard your skin against a damaging element that can literally be all around you:

  • One way to minimize lines, wrinkles, and dark spots that result from pollution is boosting your antioxidant use. Apply serums containing vitamins A, C, or E and eat a diet with plenty of antioxidant-rich foods.
  • Try a micellar water wash to clear stubborn debris from your pores.
  • Use tinted sunscreens or topical products containing red algae to fend off damage from blue light, such as phone and laptop screens. The sunscreen will also prevent UV radiation damage.
  • Thoroughly wash your face every night with a mild cleanser to slough away the accumulation of dirt, dust, and grime.
  • If your skin needs a refresher, you can always try a microneedling session. This rejuvenation tactic causes tiny micro-injuries to the skin to promote the production of collagen and elastin and to stimulate capillaries. This improves overall texture and tone for brighter, clearer skin.

Get more advice on at-home skincare and explore in-office treatments available from our Skin Care and Laser Physicians of Beverly Hills team for neutralizing negative effects of pollution on your skin. Let us help you address your unique skin needs. To book an appointment for a future visit, call us at 310-246-0495 or write us a message.

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