Air Purifier Benefits: I Bought One After a Dermatologist Told Me This

The latest skin care savior? It may just be an air purifier.

We’ve known since the Covid-19 pandemic that regularly airing out your space by opening your windows is the best way to improve indoor air quality. It’s not an issue in the summer, but when the weather gets colder, good ventilation becomes more difficult.

Air purifiers are advertised in many places, but do they really do anything for people who are not plagued by house-dust allergies? For a long time I thought buying one was unnecessary. Then I talked to a dermatologist about it and learned that poor indoor air can contribute significantly to premature skin aging.

“Indoor air can be polluted with allergens such as dust mites, animal hair, and pollen, as well as pollutants such as fine dust and nitrogen dioxide,” says dermatologist Dr. Emi Arpa, who runs her own practice in Berlin where she treats numerous celebrities. Pathogens such as bacteria, fungi, and viruses are also found in our indoor air, she says, which can aggravate “respiratory diseases such as asthma or bronchitis.”

“A common allergen is dust mites: tiny organisms that live in dust and to whose droppings many people are allergic. Unlike pollen, these can cause allergic reactions throughout the year, such as sneezing, a stuffy nose, and skin irritation, which can be reduced by an air filter,” says Dr. Arpa.

Indoor air quality can also be a problem for skin.

“Like stress or diet, indoor air quality also has an impact on skin condition,” says Dr. Arpa. “Fine dust and allergens can weaken the skin barrier and cause irritation and worsen symptoms, especially if the skin barrier is damaged. For example, in atopic dermatitis.”

But that’s not all.

“There are a lot of studies showing the link between air pollution and skin aging,” Dr. Arpa says. “This exists due to fine dust pollution and other indoor air pollutants. Thus, an air purifier can help reduce skin aging and other skin problems, such as pigmentation spots, by lowering oxidative stress.”

She points out, “Scientific studies have proven that air purifiers are predominantly recommended for allergy and asthma sufferers.” However, she firmly believes that everyone can benefit from improved indoor air quality.

“In cities, the air is more polluted by emissions from traffic and industry,” she notes. “And in rural areas, allergens such as pollen and mold spores can be more prevalent.” Air purifiers can also be useful for pet owners, as they reduce potential allergens from animals in the air.

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