Toxic fumes may be the primary cause of skin ageing in polluted cities such as London- New York and Beijing – scientists say
Air pollution is prematurely ageing the faces of city dwellers by accelerating wrinkles and age spots according to emerging scientific research.
The effects of toxic fumes on skin are being seen in both western cities such as London and New York as well as in more visibly polluted Asian cities and in some cases may be the primary cause of ageing.
The pollution is also being linked to worsening skin conditions such as eczema and hives.
The scientific discoveries are now driving the world’s biggest cosmetics companies to search for solutions including medicine-like compounds that directly block the biological damage.
But doctors warn that some common skin care routines such as scrubs make the damage from air pollution even worse.