[Environmentally induced (extrinsic) skin aging]

Hautarzt. 2016 Feb;67(2):99-102. doi: 10.1007/s00105-015-3750-6.
[Article in German]


Chronic exposure to ultraviolet light, particularly as a component of natural sunlight, is a major cause of environmentally induced aging of the skin. In addition, other environmental factors for premature skin aging include longer wavelength radiation in the visible light region and in particular in the shortwave infrared radiation region. Furthermore, particulate and gaseous components of air pollution significantly contribute to the aging process.

Keywords: Air pollution; Aryl hydrocarbon receptor; Infrared radiation; Lentigines; Matrix metalloproteinases.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Air Pollutants / adverse effects*
  • Animals
  • Environmental Pollutants / adverse effects
  • Environmental Pollutants / toxicity
  • Humans
  • Models, Biological*
  • Skin Aging / drug effects*
  • Skin Aging / physiology
  • Skin Aging / radiation effects*
  • Solar Energy*
  • Sunlight / adverse effects*


  • Air Pollutants
  • Environmental Pollutants