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Health, acne: pollution to blame?

pollution causes acne and blemishes


Pollution peaks in France

Year after year, pollution affects more and more French regions. Initially, the National Institute of Industrial Environment and Risks described the pollution episodes as “exceptional in terms of their geographic scale”. Things have changed, pollution peaks are now very frequent.

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Pollution in France and Europe

Indeed, in France, this pollution affects many large cities but also departments. However, where urban development is less, so is pollution. Furthermore, it does not remain confined to our Hexagon. It regularly affects the British capital, London, and more widely the south of the United Kingdom. Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany and several countries in Central Europe (1) are also victims.

Pollution has undesirable effects on our skin. It can cause imperfections and spots. In a word, it stimulates acne. See our 10 commandments about acne.


Acne and pollution: the effects on our skin

Polluting agents and their effects on acne-prone skin

Close your eyes and imagine yourself in your garden. You want to enjoy the few rays of sunshine at the start of the year. You wipe your garden table with a sponge. Originally white, she is no longer so. You discover a fine particle of dust on the sponge. Now open your eyes, take a cotton pad and wipe it over your face. You begin to imagine the effect of pollution on acne.

Fine particles have not only collected on your garden table, but also on your clothes, in your hair and on your skin... In short, they are everywhere! Depending on where we live, we are more or less confronted with this pollution; city dwellers are confronted with it on a daily basis.

Different polluting agents constitute what we call nitrogen oxides, generally considered pollution: ozone and nitrogen oxides, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide and fine particles in suspension. The reactions are specific to each polluting agent: obstruction of pores, dryness, irritation, inflammation of the skin.


Nitrogen oxides and fine particles create irritation and allergies.

Sulfur dioxide weakens the hydrolipidic film of the skin. The overproduction of sebum then creates an obstruction of the pores causing an accumulation of blackheads, imperfections and therefore acne spots. To find out more about acne and the Akno Natura range, discover questions from our customers.

Carbon monoxide makes the skin dull because it blocks the flow of oxygen and slows down the skin's metabolism. In the long term, other much more bothersome consequences may occur such as premature aging of the epidermis or other skin damage such as brown spots or hyper-pigmentation. Repair your epidermis, homemade anti-acne masks can contribute to this.

In short, the skin becomes sensitive, uncomfortable and intolerant.


Acne and pollution: The adapted beauty routine

Take a bath to eliminate pollution and take care of your acneYour beauty routine is already essential when pollution is minimal, it is even more important when levels of fine particles are higher than the norm. We therefore go back to the fundamentals: makeup removal, cleansing and hydration of the skin. Makeup removal and cleaning must be careful and meticulous.

We don't hesitate to take more cotton pads than usual for makeup removal Discover our favorite reusable cotton pads, more respectful of the planet and the environment than disposable cotton pads!

For cleaning, we use the Akno Natura Foaming Regulator Complex, 100% natural. This treatment is ideal against impurities and imperfections. In addition, thanks to its natural exfoliating micro-beads, it gently exfoliates and eliminates dead cells. The skin is already extremely sensitized by the attacks of polluting products, so it is essential that the scrub is very, very gentle. Check out our article on preconceived ideas about acne.


Hydration to nourish and protect acne-prone skin

Finally, we remember to moisturize our skin to counter dryness due to pollution and replenish the hydrolipidic film of the epidermis. See the anti-acne creams with natural active ingredients. This skin barrier constitutes your defense shield against external aggressions. A moisturizing cream with a sun index will be your best ally in summer and during pollution peaks because UV rays and in particular UVA reinforce the aggression of polluting products.

This beauty routine is valid for both women and men! Even if you are not wearing makeup, gentlemen, a good cleansing will eliminate these fine particles because you are not immune to the skin problems mentioned above.


Pollution, the best enemy of psoriasis

You will have understood that if pollution causes irritation, inflammation and dry skin, your psoriasis will suffer. Regular hydration will therefore be the key to your ailments during this period. We advise you to hydrate your plaques more regularly than during a normal period. Just like your face, clean your body well to remove fine particles lodged during the day. However, be careful with comedogenic products, favor vegan and responsible cosmetics.


The benefits of a diet rich in vitamins and antioxidants

for skin health and acne, Vitamin CPolluting agents stimulate the oxidation of skin cells and therefore premature aging. It is possible to counter this effect by changing your diet and incorporating more antioxidant foods: artichoke, parsley, strawberries, Brussels sprouts, lychees, grapes, apricots, apples, etc. shallot, dates, garlic, broccoli, cherry to eat raw if possible and depending on the season. Dark chocolate and green tea are also on the list of antioxidant foods. Also think about herbal teas with antioxidant properties or opt for a detox cure.

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Avoid junk food and processed industrial products which can have harmful consequences on your skin and your health.

On the contrary, why not opt ​​for a vegetarian or vegan diet in place ?

Rice powder

Rich in iron, magnesium, phosphorus and starch rice powder has absorbent properties, helping to limit excess sebum linked to pollution, reduce redness and tighten pores. See also the vegan cosmetics.

Good vitamins for the skin

Vitamin C and vitamin E are two vitamins and two antioxidants highly recommended to ward off the effects of pollution on the skin.

We will find vitamin C in fruits such as guava, papaya, kiwi or orange; or in vegetables like red and green peppers, broccoli and Brussels sprouts.

Vitamin E as for it, it is found in certain oils such as wheat germ oil, sunflower oil or safflower oil; in dried fruits such as almonds, hazelnuts, Brazil nuts, pine and in sunflower seeds.



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