Air pollution has been associated with skin problems from blackheads and imperfections to acne and increased oil production.
Blemishes? Uneven Skin Tone? Wrinkles? Pollution could be one of the causes. We asked dermatologist Dr. Nina Roos to explain how pollution can affect the skin.
How to Protect Your Skin From Pollution
When it comes to damage to your skin caused by pollution, adapting your skin care and diet as part of a global approach can help improve the appearance of symptoms. Add foods rich in antioxidants, such as red berries and leafy greens, to your diet as they can help target free radicals.
More specifically, Nina recommends paying attention to your cleansing routine in order to fully remove dirt and impurities caused by a buildup of pollution - whether or not you wear makeup on a daily basis. Make sure you’re thoroughly cleansing skin to remove all traces of pollution and toxins that result from poor quality air.
Different areas of the face have separate requirements. You might have an oily T-zone, for example, but dry skin around the cheeks. Applying the same face mask everywhere won't necessarily help treat the different concerns, and may even aggravate the skin in places.
Pollution can also lead to clogged pores and uneven skin tone. Weekly exfoliation can help unclog pores and improve the appearance of blackheads and dark marks. Exfoliating skin care products remove dead skin cells, which can give skin a tired or dull look. If you are concerned with skin dullness and uneven skin tone, skin care products with Vitamin C has been shown to help improve skin texture and skin tone. Following these steps will help decrease the effect that pollution has on your skin.