Types of Pollution: Ozone For reference, I'll give you the scoop on the two worst types of pollution. The first is ozone pollution -- like the VOCs (volatile organic compounds) emitted by cars. You can't see it -- even if there's a lot of it -- because it's a gas. But it definitely affects your air quality -- and your skin. "Ozone directly oxidizes cellular proteins and lipids," explains Washington D.C. dermatologist Elizabeth Tanzi, M.D. "And that's a bad thing." Tanzi believes antioxidants are the key to fighting ozone -- after all antioxidants defend your skin from oxidation. (More on antioxidants later … )
To find out how bad the ozone is in your area, visit stateoftheair.org. (My running route got a big fat F.)
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