All Choked Up: Smog and Your Skin Quiz

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About This Quiz

The foul stench of smog may cause you to choke and cough. But in addition to damaging your lungs, smog can also damage your skin. Do you have the knowledge to protect your dermis from pollution?

What is smog made of?

Smog is made up of all of these: low-level ozone, pollutants and particulates.

How does the ozone layer protect your skin?

The ozone layer protects your skin from the sun's harmful UV rays.

True or false: People who live in polluted areas have a higher risk of developing eczema.

True. Air pollution is associated with an increased risk of skin inflammation, including eczema.

What type of skin is most susceptible to skin damage from pollution?

People with mature skin are more susceptible to skin damage from smog because as you age, your skin loses its ability to combat free radicals.

Which of the following helps to combat the affects of smog on your skin?

Antioxidants -- as well as daily applications of moisturizer and sunscreen -- help protect skin from pollution.

What are antioxidants?

Vitamins, minerals, carotenoids and polyphenols are all antioxidants.

What are the most well-known antioxidants?

The best-known antioxidants are vitamins A, C and E, and the mineral selenium.

What do free radicals steal from your skin?

Free radicals steal oxygen from the cells in your skin.

Which of the following skin problems is not associated with free radicals?

Free radicals steal oxygen from your skin, causing it to age prematurely and making it more susceptible to acne outbreaks and rashes.

In addition to skin problems, free radicals do harm inside your body. Which of the following conditions is not associated with free radicals?

Free radicals damage cells and are associated with cancers, as well as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases, but not diabetes.

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