The problem of particulate matter, known as PM 2.5, is one of air pollution. That is a major problem for the health of the Thai people. Which, in addition to the effects on the respiratory system The cardiovascular system, and the skin itself are one of the most affected organs. Because the skin is the main organ that must be exposed to dust all the time.
The effect of PM 2.5 on the skin can be divided into 2 parts. Both impacts depend on the concentration and the period of exposure to PM 2.5.
The study shows that PM2.5 will stimulate skin inflammation and destroy the skin barrier. Moreover, the skin cells will repair themselves more slowly, and consequent symptoms include rash, and irritation, especially in people with low immunity, skin allergy, psoriasis, acne, or even in children and the elderly will be affected more than usual because it will cause a rash or skin inflammation that may be recurrent.
Long-term exposure to PM2.5 will encourage the aging of skin cells as UV exposure and smoking stimulate the destruction of collagen in the skin, wrinkles, and dark spots as well as weakening the immune system.
For prevention and avoidance of being outdoors with high concentrations of PM2.5 should wear masks and clothes covering the body. In addition, applying cream or lotion and cleansing the body after exposure to PM 2.5, helps to reduce the effects of PM2.5.
Information provided by: Dr. Narumon Thongsriiam
Compiled by: Medisci