There have been recent talks and studies by dermatologists all over the world that show a direct connection between climate change and skin problems such as acne, skin cancer and atopic diseases.

Recently on February 7th an International Dermatology symposium dug deeper on the issues of climate change and how it has affected the human body on grand scale directly resulting from the recent earth’s climate change mostly in regards to the skin on the face.

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“For every 2-degree rise in global temperatures, scientists have projected that there will be a 10-fold increase in ultraviolet radiation,” she says. “There is also the belief that because sebum is heat-sensitive and sebaceous glands become more active in warmer temperatures, we will have more acne with the warmer climate change.”

The earth has been warming up quite a bit for some time now releasing more ultraviolet rays into our atmosphere that has ultimately speed up the process of our skin hitting maximum points at which it could withstand before harm is done.

“An increase in allergic and atopic diseases is another expected outcome from global warming as the tree range expands, spring arrives earlier, and autumn lingers longer, resulting in spikes in the pollen count. An increased growth of poison ivy is also projected, as well as increases in water-borne illness, such as Cryptococcus and cholera.”

“Blastomycoses and dermatophytoses are expected to rise with climate change,” Rehmus says. “Blasto likes dry, hot summers and wet winters. That’s perfect for these spores to multiply, so you might have an increase in blasto.”

How can we overcome this?

Think about your skin when you leave the house. If you know you will be outside for quite a bit of time remember to wear some sort of sun screen. If you can avoid wearing short sleeves cover up your arms to reduce the amount of direct exposure to the sun.

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