The problem of particulate matters, known as PM 2.5, is one of the air pollution. That is a major problem for the health of Thai people. Which, in addition to the effects on the respiratory system The cardiovascular system, and the skin itself is 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.
1. Acute effects from the study show that PM2.5 will stimulate skin inflammation and destroy the skin barrier. Moroeover, the skin cells will repair themselves more slowly, and consequent symptoms include rash, 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.
2. Chronic effects, long-term exposure to PM2.5 will encourage the aging of skin cells as UV exposure and smoking stimulating the destruction of collagen in the skin, wrinkles and dark spots as well as weakening the immune system.
For prevention and avoidance being outdoors with high concentration 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, it helps to reduce the effects of PM2.5.
Information provided by: Dr. Narumon Thongsriiam
Compiled by: Medisci