Defending Your Skin Against Air Pollution
Sahil has been experiencing skin problems since last year. He decided to consult a dermatologist and take advice.
His doctor told him, “Several skin diseases have been linked to air pollution, including eczema, psoriasis, and acne.”
As Sahil was experiencing more than one condition, his doctor explained a bit about each.
“1.Eczema is a condition that causes the skin to become dry, itchy, and inflamed. It is thought that air pollution can make eczema worse.
2. Psoriasis is a chronic autoimmune condition that causes the skin to develop red patches covered with white scales. Air pollution has also been considered the reason for the increase in psoriasis.
3. Acne is a common skin condition that causes pimples and blackheads. Air pollution has also been considered a reason for the formation of acne.”
“How can I keep my skin safe?” Sahil asked.
“If the air pollution index is high, go out less in the open, and wear a mask if you have to go out. If you do, quit drinking and smoking. Try to keep the environment clean. If air pollution particles stick to the body's skin, wash the affected parts with soap. Apply a light coating of cream or coconut oil on the skin. Consult your doctor if the problem starts increasing.” his doctor replied.
Neena video calls her dermatologist and tells her she has a skin condition. On this, her doctors ask about the symptoms she faces—Neena mentions skin patches with dry skin.
Her doctor says, “You have Dermatitis, and its symptoms are: discolored skin patches (abnormal pigmentation), dry skin, open sores or ulcers, peeling skin, rashes, possibly itchy, red, white or pus-filled blisters, scaly or rough skin.”
“What could be causing it?” Neena asked.
“Neena, as the levels of air pollution are high, there are chances that air pollutants are to blame." her doctor replied.
She also added that there is no cure for most skin diseases, but the condition can be managed by protecting the skin and preventing blisters. When the air pollution index increases above 150, there is a sharp increase in skin diseases.
Neena asked her doctor how she could prevent such a thing in the future. Her doctor concluded by saying that "Along with air pollution, the skin should also be protected from strong sunlight. Cover exposed areas while going out and apply a good moisturizer."