In June of last year, wildfires in Quebec caused a surge in dermatology visits in Boston due to higher-than-normal air pollution. Dermatologist Shadi Kourosh investigated the correlation between air pollution levels and skin conditions like eczema. Her team found a significant increase in visits for atopic dermatitis during periods of elevated air pollution.
Similar links between air pollution and skin conditions have been found in other studies. Airborne pollutants can irritate and inflame the skin, leading to flare-ups of conditions like eczema. While air pollution is often associated with respiratory issues, its impact on skin health is substantial, affecting millions worldwide.
To protect against pollution-related skin problems, experts recommend staying indoors during high-pollution events, wearing protective clothing, using air filters at home, and maintaining a good skincare routine. However, addressing the root cause of air pollution requires comprehensive government action to reduce emissions and mitigate climate change.
This is a summarization of an article from WIRED. To read the full article, visit: https://www.wired.com/story/air-pollution-is-ruining-your-skin/