Smog ages your skin
Evidence presented at the World Congress of Dermatology in Seoul, South Korea this summer indicates that an important cause of extrinsic skin aging is chronic exposure to soot and other airborne particulates from car exhaust fumes. There is a strong link between living near a busy highway and increased skin wrinkling and brown spots. Smog now joins ultraviolet radiation from the sun and smoking as the third major modifiable factor causing aging of the skin.
The study followed 5000 German women for 20 years, from heavily industrialized areas of Germany as well as from areas of low levels of pollution. These particulates were also related to cognitive decline in the elderly, lung disease, diabetes, and even eczema. Once these particulates get into the lung, they can move into the systemic circulation and exert inflammatory effects in other organs such as the brain and pancreas.
Other than avoiding such exposures whenever possible, one can reduce the effects of particulate exposures by eating a diet high in antioxidants and apply potent antioxidants to the skin. In my office, we recommend Citrex C, which contain 10 to 15 % Vitamin C in the form of L-ascorbic acid at a low pH, and Replenix with 90 % green tea polyphenols. These prevent the deleterious effects of airborne pollutants as well as sunlight, while still allowing Vitamin D production.
Ask me or my staff about this unique method of protecting your skin. We would be happy to discuss it with you.