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Why L.A. Is One of the Worst Cities For Your Skin

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Angelenos, wear your sunscreen. A recent ranking puts L.A. as the 5th worst U.S. city for your skin.

The Daily Glow took a look at data such as "dermatologists per capita, skin-cancer rates, climate statistics, healthy-lifestyle indicators, and more" to come up with their 10 worst cities list. (Psst, three of the top five worst are in California; Fresno ranked third and Sacramento fourth.)

So why is Los Angeles so cruel to our complexions? From The Daily Glow:

The second most populous city in the US is on the worst list because it has the highest number of high-ozone days in the nation — 92.3 days, to be exact. (That’s more than 25 percent of the year.) Because the city is surrounded by a ring of mountains, the basin traps the pollutants that spill out of the unending traffic of the freeway. Furthermore, the city has a very low number of dermatologists per capita at 2.13 dermatologists per 100,000 people, which means the wait may be longer than usual to see one.
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It's not all bad news, though--at least if you have at the very least some sunscreen, and ideally health insurance and/or disposable income:

The good thing about LA, however, is that it has a high number of skin-care specialists who can help guide you in taking care of your skin, even if it means you visit a specialist while you wait for your dermatologist appointment. For such a sunny city, too, it has a low number of melanoma rates and skin-cancer death rates. Dr. Wu recommends that Angelenos check the UV index before they head outside, and be extra-vigilant about reapplying sunscreen on these high-UV-index days.

Sick of what L.A. is doing to your skin? The Best Cities for Your Skin are:
1. Portland, Ore.
2. San Francisco
3. Seattle
4. Baltimore
5. Chicago

Just don't head to Vegas...they ranked #1 for the worst for your skin.

And now a musical-ish retro PSA from Baz Luhrmann: