3 ways pollution is damaging your skin and how to repair it
Here's how you can protect your skin from harmful air pollutants
It’s the term du jour you can’t avoid: Pollution. While we are all aware of the serious ailments caused by pollution, it also takes a toll on your skin, resulting in acne, dullness, dryness, irritation, pigmentation, blackheads and white heads. So how do you tackle them, given that living inside an air-conditioned bubble is not an option, yet? Celebrity dermatologist Kiran Lohia answered our burning skincare questions, focusing on various targeted areas.
Dull skin and pigmentation caused by pollution
The free radicals in the air can cause inflammation, which will later leave your skin irritated. That causes the over-production of melanin, which in turn makes the affected area pigmented. It can be treated by applying antioxidants like Vitamin C every morning and retinol at night. Look for anti-pollutant facials that are high in oxygen and will help in cleaning up those radicals, leaving your skin fresh and rejuvenated.
Blackhead and acne caused by pollution
Pollution particles enter the pores of your skin and clog them causing black/white heads and later, the inflamed area results in acne. This can be prevented and cured by using face washes with salicylic acid. Mild exfoliation and monthly facials with products high in water and vitamins will clean up the pores and do wonders for your skin.
Hair damage and dry skin caused by pollution
Just like pollution blocks your pores, it also obstructs the follicles on your scalp. The result? Hair fall, strand breakage and boils. Protective serums and the classic coconut oil application should be on your priority list. Sunscreen sprays effectively help in protecting the hair from free radicals present in the air. Dry skin can be fixed by moisturizing it heavily and using the right kind of face wash.