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How Pollution Is Damaging Your Skin And What To Do

Over the last few decades we’ve all become more aware of pollution’s effect on the planet, but have you ever considered the toll it can take on your skin? Scientists at L’Oréal Research & Innovation did, and in 2017 they published a study in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology that compared 204 healthy female volunteers from two separate industrial cities with very different levels of urban pollution. Unsurprisingly, what they found was that acne prevalence and characteristics, oily skin and pore severity were significantly higher for women from the more polluted city. That makes sense. Along with UV radiation from the sun, excess air pollutants can lower your skin’s normal defenses by breaking down collagen and protective barriers like your...

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