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Pollution and how it affects the skin

We chat to Dr Anjali Mahto, a Consultant Dermatologist & British Skin Foundation Spokesperson. who explained how pollution can affect the skin: “As skin is your outermost barrier, it is one of the first and largest targets for air pollution. So, what exactly is air pollution? Air pollutants include the polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH), volatile organic compounds (VOC), oxides, particulate matter, ozone, and cigarette smoke. Prolonged and repetitive exposure to these agents can have negative effects on the skin. Scientific studies in both animals and humans have shown that these components of air pollution can contribute to premature skin ageing (wrinkling, pigmentation spots) and worsening of inflammatory skin diseases such as eczema, psoriasis and acne. One major mechanism is via the generation of reactive oxygen species that can damage DNA in skin cells.” She adds “For many of us settled in city life, it is worth thinking about taking extra precautionary measures to protect against noxious chemicals we are exposed to on a daily basis. We may not be able to control the environmental factors …

SUNBURN: WHAT TO DO IF YOU ACCIDENTALLY GET BURNT

The primary advice from the British Skin Foundation is to avoid sunburn in the first place. However, accidents can happen, so with this in mind, Consultant Dermatologist and British Skin Foundation spokesperson, Dr Anjali Mahto shares some simple advice on how to reduce pain from sunburn and limit further damage. Act quickly and get out of the sun Cover up the affected areas and stay in the shade until your sunburn has healed.  Wear loose cotton clothing that allows your skin to “breathe” over the sunburnt areas. Take over the counter pain relief Analgesia or painkillers can help relieve the pain and reduce inflammation caused by sunburn.  Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen are ideal and should be continued for a period of at least 48 hours if there are no contraindications.  Paracetamol will help with pain but has little effect on inflammation. Cool the skin Apply a cool compress to the skin e.g. a towel dampened with cool water for 15 minutes, or take a cool bath or shower.  Aim to keep the temperature just …