SoCal Region Tops "Wrinkle Ranking" Study on Skin Damage

The Wrinkle Ranking Study takes into account how lifestyle, environment, commute time and stress levels influence skin’s risk of damage.

By Samia Khan
|  Friday, Jun 20, 2014  |  Updated 7:42 AM PDT
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SoCal Region Ranks #1 as Worst Place for Skin: Study

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A “wrinkle ranking” study has identified a Southern California region as the nation’s worst place for your skin.

The Inland Empire – specifically, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ontario – was ranked number one due to "constant sun and high unemployment rates," according to the study.

The Wrinkle Ranking Study, sponsored by RoC Skincare and Sperling’s Best Places, takes into account how lifestyle, environment, commute time and stress levels influence skin’s risk of damage.

Riverside residents are exposed to above average amounts of sunlight, pollution and dry weather, spend a higher than average amount of time commuting and of the 50 cities in the study, had the second-highest unemployment rate at 11 percent.

The Los Angeles, Long Beach and Glendale ranked 16th due to the study’s highest levels of particulate pollution, a longer than average commute time, high stress and a high unemployment. Unlike the Inland Empire, however, residents in the LA region “showed a commitment to a healthy diet,” as residents consume 13 percent more servings of fruits and vegetables than average. Los Angeles residents are also 27 percent less likely to smoke, according to the study.

The Top 20 U.S. Cities Where Residents are Most at Risk for Skin Damage

  1. Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA
  2. New York, NY
  3. Philadelphia, PA
  4. Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA
  5. Baltimore-Towson, MD
  6. Denver-Aurora, CO
  7. Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL
  8. Newark, NJ-PA
  9. St. Louis, MO-IL
  10. Orlando-Kissimmee, FL
  11. Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
  12. Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN
  13. Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL
  14. Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL
  15. Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX
  16. Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA
  17. Charlotte-Gastonia-Concord, NC-SC
  18. Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX
  19. Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ
  20. Warren, MI

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