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Mary Kay presents the results of their researches on the impact of pollution on the skin

The cosmetics maker intends to fully leverage the audience of the 24th World Congress of Dermatology (WCD), June 10–15 in Milan, Italy and the 5th Future of Formulations in Cosmetics Summit, June 19-20, in Dusseldorf, Germany, to highlight the outcomes of their researches on the impact of pollution on the skin.

Held every four years, the World Congress of Dermatology is the largest dermatology meeting in the world. On this occasion, Mary Kay presented their applied science findings on pollution and skin damage. On June 12, the company hosted a symposium titled “Environmental Stressors and Skin: Beyond UV.

Moderated by Michelle Hines, Ph.D., Director, Global Upstream Research & Technology at Mary Kay, the symposium featured two renowned European skin experts: Jean Krutmann, M.D., Professor & Director at Leibniz Research Institute for Environmental Medicine - Dusseldorf, Germany, and Stefanie Williams, M.D., Dermatologist & Medical Director at EUDELO,London, United Kingdom.

A pioneer of environmental medicine, Professor Krutmann has been relentlessly working in the field of skin protection. “Since I discovered in 2010 that air pollution causes skin aging and skin pigmentation, my institute has conducted a lot of research to verify this observation and to unravel the underlying mechanisms. From these studies it is now clear that long term exposure to traffic-related particulate matter (PM) is not only dangerous for our lungs and cardiovascular system, but skin health is compromised as well,” stated JeanKrutmann, M.D.

In fact, more than 40 towns and cities in the UK alone exceed WHO air pollution limits [1].

We might not be able to separate the damage caused to the skin by UV exposure from those caused by air pollution clinically; however, given the major research advances made in skin and air pollution science, my expectation is that the adverse effects of pollution on skin health will continue to have a growing impact in the future in high-density cities," further explained Dr. Stefanie Williams, M.D.

In addition, at the 5th Future of Formulations in Cosmetics Summit, Michelle Hines will reveal Mary Kay’s latest research on an antioxidant complex that helps delay the onset of premature signs of skin aging related to the damaging effects of diesel exhaust particles (DEP). The technology, found in the Mary Kay® TimeWise® Miracle Set 3D™ skin care line, provides a free-radical fighting regimen with an exclusive, patent-pending, three-dimensional approach to skin aging.



[1] WHO Global Ambient Air Quality Database (update 2018)

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