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How living in the city can affect your skin

10th December 2014

Living in the city can be an exciting and thrilling experience, with an endless amount of things happening on your doorstep to keep you entertained. However, whilst you may enjoy the life of an urbanite, have you ever thought about what this experience might be doing to your skin?

For those who have relocated to cities from more rural areas, or vice versa, you might have noticed a change in your skin. Other than diet and lifestyle, the environment in which you live plays an impactful role on our skin's health.

Air Quality

The city air has long presented a health concern for inhabitants, given the high level of pollutants it contains originating from car exhaust fumes, cigarette smoke and smog. This health concern also extends to your skin, which can become aged as a result of these harsh polluting elements.

The pollutants cause the collagen and fibres within the skin that normally keep your skin elastic to break down.

If you’ve noticed redness and irritation or if your eczema has become more severe, then this is most likely due to the air pollution. As a matter of fact, the poor levels of oxygen and high levels of carbon monoxide also do not help your skin's health.

Water

Have you ever noticed a difference with the water, between that which you get in the countryside and that which you find in the city? This difference is especially noticeable in London where the water is very “hard”, with high amounts of salts including calcium and magnesium.

In fact, eczema can also be made worse by the type of water you use. You might be surprised that the high levels of salts are also present in rainwater meaning the more it rains the worse it can get.

Our suggestions

Other than trying to decrease the amount of pollution by walking instead of driving to work, there are other efforts we can make to limit the effect of pollution on our skin. One of them is to thoroughly clean your skin with a gentle cleanser and moisturise it well to recover from the effects of the air and water that cause peeling in your skin.

Another recommendation would be to filter your water to avoid the big amounts of salt minerals in your tap water.

If eczema related problems do persevere, we suggest you contact a qualified dermatologist as they can suggest the most appropriate treatment for your condition. Only specialist will have the experience necessary to give you the clinical and emotional support you may need.

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