Fact or Fiction: Skin and City Living

Fact or Fiction: Skin and City Living
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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.
fact
Yes, these free radicals can cause a lot of damage to cell walls.
fiction
almost fact: Free radicals are good for your skin, not bad.

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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).
fact
Yes, atmospheric ozone is good -- but ground-level ozone is a major player in smog and, thus, skin damage.
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almost fact: All ozone is the same, and it's all bad.

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Free radicals do chip away at cell walls, but they don't cause lasting damage.
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fiction
Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, heart disease and cancer have all been shown to have links to free radical damage.
almost fact: Free radical damage has been linked to wrinkles, but nothing really serious.

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Young people are more susceptible to free radical skin damage because their skin cells are immature.
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fiction
Your risk actually increases as you age because you can't fight free radicals as easily.
almost fact: No matter your age, everyone's equally vulnerable to free radicals.

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Free radicals steal your skin's oxygen supply, causing premature aging.
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Yes, it's true. Those new wrinkles and sagging skin could be partially caused by air pollution.
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almost fact: Free radicals rob your skin of collagen.

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Polluted air can also increase your risk of rosacea.
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almost fact: All kinds of skin irritation can be attributed to polluted conditions, but it's more often linked to eczema than rosacea.
People living in polluted areas have a higher incidence of atopic dermatitis, the most common form of eczema.

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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.
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almost fact: Yes to vitamins, but not so much to vitamin B: The key here is antioxidants, which are found in vitamins A, C and E.
Antioxidants fight free radical damage, and vitamins A, C and E are the way to go.

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If you live in a smoggy city, you might not be getting enough vitamin D from the sun.
fact
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.
fiction
almost fact: Smog can get in the way of vitamin E, not vitamin D.

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The skin reacts to stress in much the same way as it does to ozone exposure.
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When you're stressed out, your free radical levels increase, which is also what happens with ozone exposure.
fiction
almost fact: In terms of skin damage, ozone exposure mimics the effects of a diet lacking in protein.

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If you live in a polluted area, you don't need to worry about sunscreen -- the smog blocks the sun!
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fiction
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.
almost fact: You still need sunscreen, but SPF 8 is sufficient.

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