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Common Skin Problems for Frequent Flyers


Frequent flyers are offered benefits by major airlines, but have you ever thought about the impact that frequent travel for work or leisure has on your skin?

Frequent flyers often face a variety of skin problems, including acne, dryness, dullness, and dark spots. Traveling to different time zones, especially to places like the United States and Europe, disrupts your body’s natural clock, resulting in poor sleep quality and hormonal imbalances. This can cause significant damage to your skin, causing acne to break out uncontrollably. If acne does occur, it is important to seek medical treatment instead of using random ointments or not taking any action, as this can make your skin worse.

In addition, Hong Kong has a subtropical climate with high humidity, so skin may not be able to adapt to drier locations. In the winter, countries like the United States, Australia, and Europe have central heating, which makes indoor environments extremely dry. This can cause skin problems such as tightness, itching, redness, and even peeling. To prevent this, you can use a humidifier indoors, use moisturizers that contain heavier oil-based ingredients to prevent water loss in the skin, and drink plenty of water to replenish lost moisture.

UV radiation is also a serious problem that affects the skin. In Hong Kong, people who work in offices spend long hours indoors, and even when outside, many high-rise buildings block a lot of UV radiation. However, in other places, especially in Australia and Southeast Asia, UV radiation is much stronger. Skin damage caused by UV radiation can lead to dark spots, dullness, and accelerated skin aging. I recommend that you take proper sun protection measures when outdoors, and use an umbrella or hat if necessary. On airplanes, UV radiation is very strong, so if you are sitting by a window, you should close the window when the light is too strong to block the UV radiation.

In some places, air pollution is severe, and skin can become dull and yellow and is more prone to sensitivity. Air pollution is everywhere, so it is very difficult to avoid it. Therefore, on days with severe air pollution, it is best to stay indoors and reduce outdoor activities.

For people who travel frequently for work or leisure, it is important to pay attention to the needs of their skin, prepare appropriately, and reduce the chances of skin problems.