Effects of Smoking on Skin

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Smoking Cigarettes for long time has detrimental effects on your skin. It makes you prone to various types of skin cancer, besides thinning your overall skin. This is a scientifically proven fact. Let?s understand this fact and find out why you should quit smoking for sake of your skin.

The Cigarette smoke contains more than 4000 toxins which are not only harmful for the internal body parts, but skin too. Thus, when you expose yourself to tobacco smoke you attack yourself internally as well as externally. As you smoke, nicotine in cigarettes dissolves in the blood with the harmful toxins and cause internal havoc to your body, while the other gases exhaled while smoking kills the skin from outside.

Smoking actually increases the pace of your aging process. It makes your skin more prone to wrinkles. The skin becomes dry with a grey look to it. Hence, an active smoker?s cheeks would appear sunken early in his life. There are greater risks of developing skin cancer, and depleting collagen layer, which is the core skin protein.

Thus a smoker?s skin loses elasticity. That?s why most of the smokers are recognized with their smoker?s face.

The condition of skin which occurs due to incessant smoking is termed as smoker?s face. The situation occurs when toxic chemicals, produced due to tobacco combustion, accumulate in the body. This leads to a noticeable change in the color and texture of the skin. The chemicals in tobacco constrict the blood vessels, thus restricting the capacity of the blood vessels to carry blood to the body parts and the skin. Thus due to unavailability of adequate blood, the skin becomes pale and dead.

Smoker?s face is accumulation of various other skin disorders like the crow?s feet, in which there occurs wrinkles and pronounced lines at the corner of the eyes. At times, these lines may even extend up to the cheeks. In males there is found a distinctive disorder, known as cobblestone wrinkles, where stark wrinkles run down the neck. The skin may give a rough or a leathery appearance.

Besides, cigarette smoke is rich in carbon monoxide. Carbon monoxide has a tendency to restrict the ability of the body to circulate oxygen to the body. This means less oxygen and thus less supply of nutrients to the body parts.

With over exposure to nicotine, the natural moisture of the skin is snatched away. Thus making it excessive dry and itchy.

So, smoking reduces the normal regenerative capacity of the skin. Thus the skin is unable to shed off the dead layer and is also unable to regenerate a new layer.