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Smog is hell on skin, thanks to a toxic duo of ozone (a nox­ious gas cre­ated when fumes, like car ex­haust, min­gle with sun­light) and par­tic­u­late mat­ter (bits of soot and drops of acids and chem­i­cals that float in the air). The first de­stroys lipids and pro­teins, caus­ing ir­ri­ta­tion and break­outs; the lat­ter, rang­ing in size from about 2.5 to 10 mi­crom­e­ters (one-sev­enth the width of a hair), “gets into pores, where it spurs in­flam­ma­tion and free rad­i­cals, lead­ing to spots and lines,” says der­ma­tol­o­gist Fredric Brandt, MD. In fact, a study found that women who lived in high-traf­fic ar­eas had 20 per­cent more pig­men­ta­tion.

WHAT’S The b ig d e Al?

Give smog a p.m. smack­down with a high-tech cleans­ing brush, says derm Jean­nette Graf, MD. Clin­ique's fa­cial cleans­ing brush (right), has os­cil­lating bris­tles that clear pores up to four times more ef­fi­ciently than cleans­ing with hands alone.

The fix

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