[Environmental pollution and skin aging]

Hautarzt. 2011 Aug;62(8):577-8, 580-1. doi: 10.1007/s00105-011-2135-8.
[Article in German]


Extrinsic skin aging is the skin aging process induced by environmental factors. The most prominent environmental factor leading to extrinsic skin aging is the sun; therefore extrinsic skin aging is also known as photoaging. However, numerous studies in recent years have shown that smoking leads to extrinsic skin aging. Further, very recently it has been shown, that environmental pollution by traffic is also associated with the occurrence of signs of extrinsic skin aging. Thus, in preventive skin aging strategies the long-term exposure towards air pollution by traffic must also be considered.

Publication types

  • English Abstract
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Air Pollutants / adverse effects
  • Animals
  • Dust
  • Environmental Pollution / adverse effects*
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Oxidative Stress
  • Risk Factors
  • Skin / drug effects
  • Skin / physiopathology
  • Skin / radiation effects
  • Skin Aging / drug effects*
  • Skin Aging / radiation effects*
  • Smoking / adverse effects
  • Sunlight
  • Tobacco Smoke Pollution / adverse effects
  • Ultraviolet Rays / adverse effects


  • Air Pollutants
  • Dust
  • Tobacco Smoke Pollution