The Best and Worst Cities for Your Skin

by Chris Curley on July 3, 2012

Chicago

Portland, San Francisco, Seattle, Baltimore, and Chicago are the healthiest U.S. cities for your skin, dailyglow reports.

Low pollution and ozone rates, low number of tanning beds, low incidence of melanoma and other skin cancer, high levels of physical activity, and a strong concentration of skin doctors are among the factors that make these cities stand out from their less-healthy communities, the report from dailyglow and everydayhealth shows.

“Where you live has a huge influence on your skin’s health and appearance,” says Jessica Wu, M.D., assistant clinical professor of dermatology at the University of California at Los Angeles. “While most of us wouldn’t move to another state just for the sake of our skin, you can reduce your odds of skin cancer and premature aging by taking more precautions if you live in a high-risk area.”

High-risk areas include Los Angeles, Sacramento, Calif., Fresno, Calif., Phoenix, Ariz., and Las Vegas, largely because of higher summer temperatures and sunshine rates, high levels of sunburn and smoking, and for having relatively few dermatologists.

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