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    Default Does flying in an airplane affect your skin?

    I notice when I travel by airplane that my seb derm will get worse, there will be an elevation of sebum. I wonder if this is due to higher air pressure and sudden changes in air pressure during landing and take off or just the elevated stress levels when travelling?

    Or maybe I am just imagining this.
    I am going by plane this weekend, although not far, but still.
    I went to Brasil in January, and it was an 11 hour flight, and that was bad for my skin.

    Could it be also that sitting idle for a long time and in addition the terrible food (I would not call it food) and the VERY DRY AIR is causing problems?
    Maybe dryness in the air makes the skin produce more sebum to compensate?

    Any ideas?

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    My skin is nasty when I fly long distances. I feel like it is insanely oily yet really dry at the same time... How can THAT be??? Anyway, the relative humidity in an airplane is really low and it's bad for your skin. I don't have seb derm so I don't really have a fix for that, but when I travel I keep a bottle of Evian Le Brumisateur with me and use it to mist my face. It helps my face to feel better. And drink a lot of water!

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    I'm the same - have no problems with short haul flights - but long haul wreaks havoc with me skin - and eyes!

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    I think getting dried out, irritated skin and eyes during a flight is normal for people with normal skin, so it only stands to reason that those of us with further problems will be affected even worse.
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    Default Re: Does flying in an airplane affect your skin?

    Quote Originally Posted by Buster
    I notice when I travel by airplane that my seb derm will get worse, there will be an elevation of sebum. I wonder if this is due to higher air pressure and sudden changes in air pressure during landing and take off or just the elevated stress levels when travelling?

    Or maybe I am just imagining this.
    I am going by plane this weekend, although not far, but still.
    I went to Brasil in January, and it was an 11 hour flight, and that was bad for my skin.

    Could it be also that sitting idle for a long time and in addition the terrible food (I would not call it food) and the VERY DRY AIR is causing problems?
    Maybe dryness in the air makes the skin produce more sebum to compensate?

    Any ideas?

    Yes dry air worsens seborrheic dermatitis. That is why in the winter, when the air is more dry than in the summer, seb derm is harder to control.

    Edit: is worsens a word?

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    I noticed that my skin, especially the seb derm got worse while flying to London a while ago.

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