Pollution and acne

I’ve been having a blast in Mexico City. The food here is unbelievable and the people have been so accommodating. 

My hopes that I might return with a clear face, however, are slipping. As spectacular as this city is, it’s also crowded and full of pollution. Seriously, this might be the most polluted place that I’ve ever visited. If, as I’ve read in various places, pollution contributes to acne problems, then I’m going to end up with more pimples rather than fewer.

That’s not exactly what I had hoped for, but I’m trying to go with the flow and enjoy myself. I might, however, leave the city earlier than I had planed so that I can spend some time in a place with less air pollution. I wake up in the morning and feel like I’ve smoked a pack of cigarettes. It’s that gross. And still, I’m willing to tolerate the thick air because it is such a vibrant city.

There is something disturbing about seeing the morning sun through a thick haze of smog. I’ve been to New York, LA, San Francisco, and Rome, so I’ve seen my share of sunsets made even more beautiful by chemicals in the atmosphere. But I’ve never seen a place where the air was so thick that you can feel each breath like inhaling smoke.

I bet that a lot of the people here live with tremendous health problems caused by all these emissions.

I’m having a blast, but I’m looking forward to heading on to a place that’s a bit cleaner. Besides, it’s time for me to rush back to Louisville so that I can start my new job.


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