Korean J Fam Pract 2014; 4(2): 116-121  
Particulate Matter and Skin
Jin-Hee Kang, Chan-Hee Song1, Sun-Myeong Ock1, Hyun-Jeong Park*
Departments of Dermatology and 1Family Medicine, The Catholic University of Korea College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea
Received: May 28, 2014; Accepted: June 5, 2014; Published online: June 30, 2014.
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Particulate matter (PM) 10 is defi ned as fi ne dust less than 10 μm in diameter which–includes harmful materials such as sulphate, nitrate, acid, carbon compounds and, heavy metals. PM, which has become a serious issue in Korea, has adverse effects not only on the respiratory tract but also on the cardiovascular system, and skin. Exposure to PMs results in the aggravation of atopic dermatitis, extrinsic skin aging involving increasing wrinkles, and pigmented spots. It also can induce a burning sensation and pruritus in those with sensitive skin. Thus, we review the effects of PM exposure on human skin in the literature.
Keywords: Particulate Matter; Atopic Dermatitis; Skin Aging; Sensitive Skin

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