How Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) Negatively Affect Your Skin

You probably already know about air pollution and its negative effects on your health.

But many people believe that they are safe from air pollution when they are indoors, and that is not the case. There are actually air pollutants inside your home.

One of these forms of pollution is VOCs, and they can cause a variety of short- and long-term health effects. They can also do some real damage to your skin. That is why it’s important to identify these toxins and treat your home to keep them at bay. 

 Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) Negatively Affect Your Skin

What Are VOCs?

Volatile organic compounds (or VOCs) are chemicals that are emitted as gases from a wide array of ordinary products. They are up to ten times more concentrated indoors than outdoors, regardless of whether your home is located in an urban, suburban, or rural setting. This is primarily because these chemicals are found in most of the products that are used indoors. 

 Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) Negatively Affect Your Skin
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Where Are VOCs Found?

Organic chemicals can be found in thousands of household products, such as paints, varnishes, cleaning products, and disinfectants. These products release VOCs into the air when they are used and even when they are stored, exposing your skin to harsh pollutants. 

How Do VOCs Damage Your Skin?

While most of us are familiar with the negative effects of pollution on our health, the truth is that many of us don’t realize that it can harm our skin as well. Studies show that Volatile Organic Compounds have a dehydrating effect on skin, draining it of its natural moisture, which causes accelerated aging. This means that prolonged or repetitive exposure to the VOCs inside of your home can affect your skin similarly to sun exposure or cigarette smoke — and no one wants that. 

How Can You Fight Back Against VOCs?

The good news is that there are ways to minimize the concentration of Volatile Organic Compounds in your home. Take good care of your HVAC (Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning) system so that it continuously circulates clean air is a must. But you may also want to invest in an air purifier for your home. Air purifiers remove a wide array of contaminants, including cigarette smoke and VOCs. They are primarily recommended for allergy and asthma sufferers. But more recently, they have been growing in popularity as information about the damaging effect of VOCs has spread. 

What Else Can You Do?

Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) Negatively Affect Your Skin

In order to make sure the air in your home is as clean as possible. And free from any gases that may be harmful to your health and skin, you have to incorporate a protective routine into your skincare regime. It’s important to cleanse and moisturize your skin daily to help prevent premature aging. There are also a number of cosmetic products on the market that claim to fight back against damaging pollution and VOCs. 

You don’t have to be afraid of Volatile Organic Compounds. However, you should certainly be aware of them. You should do everything within your power to minimize their negative effects on your skin and health.

Mariyam

I'm an introvert, curious, fun-loving girl whose passion lies in writing. I like hearing people's life stories. I'm currently doing my masters. I love writing about beauty, lifestyle & tit-bits of fashion.

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