What pollution REALLY does to your face

Most people know that pollution can have a harmful effect on our skin – but in our busy lives it can be easy to overlook the warning signs we suffer from because of it.

Skin repair expert Lorena Öberg, CEO and Founder of Lorena Oberg Skincare in Harley Street, London, shared with FEMAIL the red flags that show your features are affected and how to reduce the damage.

She noted that patients in need of repair work due to air pollution damage have increased by 75% in the last six months.

The expert said: “It’s no secret that air pollution is bad for us, but when I tell the patient that’s why he has more fine lines and puffiness, he’s shocked. “.

Lorena explained that pollution is “toxic to the skin” because the “polluting particles can interfere with your skin’s upper protective barrier, making skin cells vulnerable as toxins are absorbed into your pores.”

She claimed: “This breakdown in the protective barrier will make your face more prone to premature aging, dehydration, dullness, uneven skin tone, pigmentation, sensitivity, acne and a range of blemishes. skin disorders”.

Here she reveals how different parts of your face are affected and simple tips to help reduce the damage…

How are different parts of your face affected?

Forehead: You might see exaggerated fine lines and blemishes due to toxins trapped in your pores on your forehead.

Play: The laugh lines on your cheeks could also be more pronounced which is due to loss of elasticity and it could also cause your skin to sag in that area. Inflammation can also cause swelling and puffiness.

Jaw : Extending the cheeks, pressing from above could cause gravity to push the skin down, causing the skin to sag.

Another major problem in this area is a drastic increase in blemishes (whiteheads and blackheads) due to unavoidable contact with dirty hands and devices such as your phone.

Reduce the damage by following these simple tips:


Lorena said, “Help protect your face from pollution by prepping your skin and applying your makeup before you leave the house.

“If you tend to wear makeup on the way to work, or worse, while commuting, stop. All you’re doing with the process is trapping dirt and toxic pollutants in your pores, which will have a double effect.

“Cleanse and use a deep moisturizer as part of your daily skincare routine when you wake up and apply your makeup right after.

“Don’t be tempted to do this on the go as it will cause you longer term problems and further improve the aging process.”


She insisted: “The first thing you get with air pollution is blackheads or whiteheads, especially if you have oily skin.

“But if you don’t have blackheads or whiteheads, your skin will be rough, so you need to exfoliate after a day out.”

“It will almost have a sandpaper feel and it’s purely your skin trying to protect itself from all the pollutants.

“Therefore many people living in a city like London will need a good exfoliation, at least 1-3 times a week.” This is exactly what I do to unclog pores.


The expert said: “The body has an incredible ability to repair itself and it works overtime at night while you sleep, so this is the perfect opportunity to adapt an evening routine by applying certain products.

‘Help boost your skin’s restorative functions by using nighttime skincare products containing hyaluronic acid to hydrate skin and lock in moisture and retinol to promote collagen production.

“Your skin will have a much more even tone and appear brighter and more supple.”


Lorena said: “Vitamin C has many benefits, but for the skin, vitamin C can help neutralize free radicals which are unstable atoms that damage the skin, have the potential to produce natural collagen, reduce the hyperpigmentation and to heal wounds, such as acne.

“Incorporating vitamin C into your diet can be simple – dark green vegetables and citrus fruits are excellent sources of vitamin C.

“If you commute every day or live in a busy city, it may be a good idea to supplement with a vitamin C supplement to see the skin health benefits.”


The expert added: “Some pollutants are activated by UV rays, so it’s a good habit to apply an SPF moisturizer as part of your morning skincare routine or find a good quality foundation with SPF and apply it evenly.

“SPF is also rich in antioxidants, so you can help strengthen skin, preventing unnecessary wrinkles and dullness by reducing damage.”

Eyes: Your eyes are the most sensitive area and pollution can exaggerate dark circles due to the dullness it causes.

Dehydration will also lead to puffy, sunken eyes that affect the eyebrow area as well as under the eyes.

Lips: The breakdown of collagen can really give your lips signs of aging from pollution, as the reduced amount of blood flow and oxygen will make your lips look thinner and dry, causing fine lines to appear.

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