Fact or Fiction: Skin and City Living

By: Staff

4 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

City living is exciting, but it can wreak havoc on your stress levels -- and also on your skin. Is your skin suffering because of pollution and smog? Find out now!

When the sun's rays hit smog-related ozone in the atmosphere, they break up into free radicals, which damage your skin.

Yes, these free radicals can cause a lot of damage to cell walls.


You can put ozone into two categories: good (way up in the stratosphere, protects us from the sun) and bad (near the ground, a key component of smog).

Yes, atmospheric ozone is good -- but ground-level ozone is a major player in smog and, thus, skin damage.


Free radicals do chip away at cell walls, but they don't cause lasting damage.

Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, heart disease and cancer have all been shown to have links to free radical damage.


Young people are more susceptible to free radical skin damage because their skin cells are immature.

Your risk actually increases as you age because you can't fight free radicals as easily.


Free radicals steal your skin's oxygen supply, causing premature aging.

Yes, it's true. Those new wrinkles and sagging skin could be partially caused by air pollution.


Polluted air can also increase your risk of rosacea.

People living in polluted areas have a higher incidence of atopic dermatitis, the most common form of eczema.


One way to combat free radical damage is to increase your skin's supply of vitamin B, through your diet or in skin-care products.

Antioxidants fight free radical damage, and vitamins A, C and E are the way to go.


If you live in a smoggy city, you might not be getting enough vitamin D from the sun.

We all need a certain amount of vitamin D, and the simplest way to get it is directly from the sun. However, if you're living in a very polluted area, you might not be getting enough sun to synthesize the right amount of vitamin D.


The skin reacts to stress in much the same way as it does to ozone exposure.

When you're stressed out, your free radical levels increase, which is also what happens with ozone exposure.


If you live in a polluted area, you don't need to worry about sunscreen -- the smog blocks the sun!

If we've said it once, we've said it a million times -- you always need sunscreen, no matter where you live or what your skin tone.


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