Increasing pollution levels are not only affecting your health but your skin too. Let’s explore the major side-effects in detail.
Have you been ignoring pollution? You might be doing so, but your skin won’t do it probably.
There are various air pollutants like ultraviolet radiation, oxides, particulate matter, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, volatile organic compounds, ozone and even cigarette smoke, which collectively affect the human skin. Basically, these induce oxidative stress which further damages the skin.
Do you know more than 9 out of 10 of the world’s population lives in places where air pollution level is above the safety limits? So if you are living in a city, it is important for you to understand the fact that it’s probably the environment which degrades the quality of your skin. It is a major reason why the beauty industry is coming forth with abundant anti-pollution skincare products. From exfoliators to deep cleansers, a number of products are claimed to treat your skin specifically for skin-pollution.
Along with this, there are several treatments like microneeding and dermarolling which claim to generate pollution-fighting effects. Basically, these processes boost the collagen production which further makes your skin capable of fighting pollutants.
What is skin pollution?
Usually, it is the sun damage which is known to cause skin problems. But this is one of those dangerous issues your skin has to deal with. Your skin is the largest organ of the body. It plays a vital role in the protection against the external agents. There are numerous daily toxins like ground-level ozone and particulate matter which impact skin’s quality.
Industrial emissions and vehicle exhaust are the major reason for ground-level ozone, which is a harmful gas. And when this gas reacts with sunlight it becomes more harmful. Exposure to this mixture will reduce the skin’s natural antioxidants, somewhere around three to four times faster.
Moreover, toxins from household cleaning materials, carbon monoxide, and carbon dioxide when gets mixed with dust particles and are absorbed by the skin, cause greater harm. Simply putting, your skin is soaking several polluted environmental elements every day. This degrades the quality of your skin, making it prone to aging signs, acne, and much more.
What are the different impacts of skin pollution?
When these airborne particles enter your skin’s deeper structure, these lead to oxidation of surrounding lipids and tissues. For instance, the exposure to UV radiation from the sun will leave you with easily visible signs like fine lines, pigmentation, increased sensitivity, and weakened skin structure.
- Problems like hyperpigmentation and fine lines are common.
- Pollution can also increase inflammation.
- There can be severe problems like DNA damage and cell mutation, which could later cause cancer.
- Exposure to pollution can cause various skin problems such as acne and premature ageing.
- It can lead to free radicals which are injurious to the collagen production.
Of course, there are other factors including diet, lifestyle, weather, and allergies, contributing more to aggravation.
How can skin pollution affect your skin?
To know the answer, you first need to understand that effects will vary as per your skin type. Here is more detail on the same:
Impact on acne prone skin
Do you know impurities in the air and water can enter through skin pores? These impurities along with dead skin cells, sebum, and sweat lead to acne breakouts. So you need to protect your skin against pollution particles like ash, dust, and pollen. Even if you have smaller pores, less than the average skin pore, your skin has adhered to the oil and sweat on the skin; it will result in blocked pores, and eventually breakouts. It can also lead to an increase in sebum production which adds more number of breakouts.
Impact on dry skin
If you are thinking that you have dry skin and you will be safe, you are wrong. Pollution doesn’t only affect people with acne-prone skin. In fact, for those with dry skin need to pay more attention. The atmospheric pollution is said to increase the oxidative stress on the skin, which is act as a barrier between pollutants and skin surface. This further causes dull and dehydrated skin. The particles will oxidize the protective lipid barrier and lead to problems like inflammation, irritation, and dryness.
Impact on prematurely ageing skin
Have you recently encountered some fine lines? These days you don’t need to enter you 40s or 50s to see them. All thanks to pollution. The combination of UV exposure and rising pollution level is detrimental to the skin. The free radicals damage the healthy skin cells and reduce the skin’s ability to repair itself. It is also associated to the cross-linking of collagen and elastin. Hence, it can be a reason behind emerging wrinkles and fine lines too.
Besides pollution, there are some more factors which can lead to bad skin. It can be an unhealthy diet, not removing makeup before going to bed, increase in stress levels, not drinking enough water, and so on. So you must pay attention to all these careless mistakes if you really wish for beautiful skin in the long run.
And of course, you need to prepare your skin for the biggest enemy – pollution. How? Stay in touch to know.
In the next blog post, you will get to know about some essential ways to prevent your skin from pollution-effect.