Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Air Pollution 'Ages Skin of City's Commuters by Years'

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Air Pollution 'Ages Skin of City's Commuters by Years'

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Byline: Mark Blunden

BY THE time most London commuters reach retirement their skin will have aged an extra two-and-a-half years from exposure to the capital's air pollution, a study has found.

British skincare firm Caci analysed levels of the most toxic tiny particulates (PM2.5) in the capital to investigate their impact on the skin.

This ultra-fine pollution dust --present in diesel fumes -- is linked to respiratory diseases that contribute to the deaths of nearly 9,500 Londoners every year.

The study found the daily commute, particularly walking near busy roads, brought a significant risk of premature ageing from PM2.5 being absorbed into the body through the skin.

Researchers discovered that the particles are small enough to penetrate the epidermis, the skin's outer layer, to break down collagen and dull the complexion -- while nitrogen dioxide pollution caused skin irritation.

The study found that by 40 Londoners exposed to pollution will have aged at least an extra year. …

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