Toxins May Form When Skin, Indoor Ozone Meet

Atlanta Journal Constitution – Oil found naturally on human skin can “trap” large amounts of indoor ozone, then “spit” it out in the form of chemicals that may irritate the skin and the lungs, new research suggests. “They are saying that compounds on the skin react to the ozone and cause more irritation to the skin,” explained one expert, Rajat Sethi, an assistant professor of pharmaceutical sciences at Texas A&M Health Science Center’s Irma Lerma Rangel College of Pharmacy in Kingsville. “They have identified those compounds.” Nolen advised against using products that produce ozone, such as air-purifying devices. “If it’s a mechanism with a filter of some kind, then you’re not going to be producing ozone,” she said. “If you’re using something that uses electric static or a chemical process, the odds are that you’re going to be producing ozone.”