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The impact of air quality on your skin health

The impact of air quality on your skin health

In a revealing article from Wired, we learn that air pollution isn't just bad for the planet—it's tough on our skin, too. From the smoke of wildfires to the daily exhaust from cars, pollution is causing an increase in skin problems like eczema. Let’s break down what this all means and how we can protect ourselves.

What’s the impact?

Dermatologist Dr. Shadi Kourosh noticed an unusual trend in Boston. Outside the typical cold and dry seasons, an influx of patients with itchy skin and eczema was reported. This anomaly was traced back to the smoke from distant wildfires and everyday urban pollution. By correlating air quality data with the increase in skin condition treatments, Dr. Kourosh confirmed that polluted air exacerbates skin problems.

Why it matters

Polluted air doesn’t just hover outdoors; it penetrates our lives, accelerating skin aging and triggering rashes among other issues. Those with sensitive skin or conditions like eczema are even more vulnerable, as pollutants can deteriorate the skin’s protective barrier. But the implications extend beyond the skin, potentially leading to allergies and asthma in a domino effect initiated by air pollution.

What can we do?

Relocating to less polluted areas isn't feasible for everyone, but effective measures exist to mitigate pollution's impact on our skin. Utilizing air purifiers, applying sunscreen that also blocks pollutants, and incorporating anti-pollution skincare into our daily routines are practical steps. Learn more here about Hale's impact on your skin health.

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