How your skin care could protect you from pollution

Story highlights

  • Air pollution may aggravate skin conditions such as acne and skin cancer
  • Anti-pollution products aim to protect against UV rays and fight oxidation

(CNN)Like many teenagers, Nicolas Travis struggled with severe acne. But he did something about it.

"My experience with acne sparked off my passion for skin care," the 30-year-old said. "I wanted to go back to basics and treat the most fundamental aspect of skin health: a healthy barrier."
    Nicolas Travis' struggles with acne as a teen prompted his interest in skin care.
    Growing up in Asia, where air pollution is rampant, Travis wanted to protect his skin against pollution, which he thinks aggravated his acne. It took him years to get it under control after trying a number of products such as antibiotics and cortisone shots.
    "Pollution is a huge contributor of inflammation, and you can't really run away from it," Travis said.