Air Pollution and Skin Problems: How Are They Related?

It’s no secret at this point that air pollution is bad for a huge number of reasons. From increasing the risk of cardiovascular disease to impacting the environment, pollutants in the air are responsible for problems that impact the planet and humans alike. One effect of pollution you might not be familiar with, however, is how it can impact your skin. In this post, we’ll be taking a look at the connection between air pollution and skin problems, as well as what you can do to protect your skin from premature aging.


  How Can Air Pollution and Skin Problems Be Related?


The link between air pollution and skin problems is a relatively new field of research. By 2011, researchers had realized that contaminants in the atmosphere were having an effect on skin aging, but the full extent of the problem was unknown, as there are many factors that combine to age skin prematurely. More recently, however, the complete picture began to emerge. By 2016, it had become clear that air pollution was not just contributing to skin problems and early aging, but may in fact be the primary cause.


The ways in which polluted air causes skin issues can vary widely. On the whole, however, the mechanism involves absorption of airborne toxins into the skin, which acts as a protective tissue to the rest of the body. Over time, this contamination leads to a variety of skin problems, particularly wrinkles.


  What Can You Do?


If you’re worried about the condition of your skin, protecting it from air pollution is of the utmost importance. Since you can’t control the air in the city or state around you, the best place to tackle the problem is in your home. Keeping your home air free of pollutants is by far the best way to mitigate the effects of air pollution on your skin.


To do this, you’ll need a combination HEPA and carbon filtration air purifier, like the IQAir HealthPro Plus, Field Controls TRIO or Austin Air HealthMate Plus. These purifiers will remove both particles and gases, keeping your home air healthy and safe for your skin.


Still have questions about using an air purifier to prevent air pollution from causing skin problems? Feel free to contact us directly for answers and personalized product recommendations.