Acne and Air Pollution
How much do we all love to pamper our skin? We cleanse it, prep it, moisturize it, take care of it. After all, we all have one skin to live with, and it deserves all the love and catering of the world.
Sometimes, despite doing everything perfectly, we end up with pimples, or even a full blown break out. We think it’s because of something we did to make it bad. However, what if we told you that it might not be your fault?
Consider the following if you are suffering from acne: Have you recently moved to a dustier environment, or a busier city? Do you get random pimples that itches, is sometimes red, for no reason at all? Do you have respiratory diseases such as asthma, or rhinitis?
Your acne might be caused because of the surrounding you live in which is polluted in and out.
Air pollution is causing you to breakout
As we know, acne can happen due to many reasons. One of the major reasons of acne is allergies, and these allergies may be ingested in the form of food, or caused due to the environment. Dust, smog and other pollutants can really hot your skin, and hit it hard.
Needless to say, these allergies are often not easy to fight off using medications. They cause allergic reactions inside your body, and facial skin, being the thinner lining of skin, is the first to show signs.
What happens to your skin when you suffer from air pollution?
When you live in an environment that causes your histamines to get activated, and your cortisol levels to rise, your blood capillaries that carries blood gets inflamed. Capillaries are everywhere, and they control the flow of blood and oxygen to your skin. Your body, at this point, is warring with the allergens, trying to hold it from disrupting your systems. Skin is thinner, and the capillaries are closer to the surface. These dust and pollution, therefore, affects your face more than the rest of the body, although it is not uncommon to see body acne in such cases either.
Some tips to fight air pollution:
- Clean your living areas: Whether it is your office or your home, maintain a clean space at all times. Invest in an air purifier, and have a lot of plants. If you have animals, consider regular baths, grooming for them and air masks for yourself. Keep your pets out of your bedroom at all times, no matter how much you want to snuggle with them. This is because when you sleep, you breathe deeply, and breathing in all that pet dander will not help you recover.
- Purify your blood: By this, we mean drink plenty of water, and replenish your electrolytes with healthy, sugar free drinks, smoothies and exercise. Try to get at least seven to 9 hours of sleep and give your body the balance it needs.
- Eat well: You need to help your body fight the allergens by eating healthy and eating well. Add lots of fresh vegetables in your diet, and make sure they are high in fibre content. Add seasonal fruits, such as mangoes in summer, apples in winter, grapes in the rainy season. Eat a variety of nuts, such as cashews, almonds and unscented peanuts for that added immunity boost.
Acne due to air pollution is not the easiest thing to fight, but it can be controlled to an extent. However, if you have difficulty managing it, it is best to check in with an allergy specialist for better health. Learn more about acne in our Understanding Acne series - Acne and the food we eat