Here’s Why The Haze is Bad For Your Throat, Eye and Skin

Doctors answer questions about how haze affects your health.

Whenever the haze rolls around, you might find yourself sniffing or tearing more than usual. Sometimes, you might even start coughing, get a sore throat, and develop skin rashes. Doctors from respective fields shed light on how exactly the haze affects your throat, eyes and skin.

Kuala Lumpur is shrouded in a thick blanket of haze August 1, 2019. — Picture by Ahmad Zamzahuri

Photo credit: Ahmad Zamzahuri, Malay Mail

Read: Ease The Effects of Haze On Your Eyes and Throat With These Foods

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Haze and your skin

Dr Gavin Ong, dermatologist at Gleneagles Hospital, explains how the haze affects your skin. 

Why does the haze cause my skin to feel irritated? 

The dust particles themselves can be extremely drying to the skin and may also clog your pores. The accompanying chemicals can also give rise to an increase in skin irritations. Furthermore, the haze gives the impression that the amount of sunlight shining through is less than usual, when in fact the ambient ultraviolet (UV) light is still high. The combination of ambient UV rays and haze can accelerate skin ageing.

Read: Skincare Products That Keep Your Skin Healthy During Haze

Do I need to change my skincare regime in light of the haze?

People with sensitive skin may require more frequent washing to remove the build-up of dust particles and chemicals on the skin. Pick a non-drying skin cleanser to prevent your skin from getting stripped of moisture. After cleansing, use a good moisturiser that can enhance skin repair and renewal. Topical antioxidants are also very helpful in reducing damage from all the free radicals generated by the haze and environment.


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