How can we combat the long term epigenetic effects of pollution on skin?

The oxidative stress resulting from exposure to pollution results in epigenetic changes in skin cells that can persist long after the harmful exposure has ended. Franziska Wandrey, Daniel Schmid and Fred Zülli present an active ingredient that addresses both the short and long term effects of pollution on skin

The contribution of environmental pollution is one of the major areas of concern when it comes to skin ageing. In particular, air pollution is directly in contact with our skin and it contributes to skin ageing on a daily basis.

The main sources of air pollution are industrial combustion (diesel exhaust fumes and coal), traffic and construction works. Air pollution consists of gases such as ozone and very fine particles that are known as particulate matter.

These particles, which are between 0.1mm and 10mm in size, can remain in the atmosphere for weeks and contain toxic compounds such as heavy metals and allergens.

The effects of pollution on skin

Our skin is often the first organ to come into contact with air pollution. Particulate matter is especially dangerous for the skin . . .

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