Can Smoking Harm My Skin?

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Yes, it definitely can harm your skin. The skin is the outermost layer of the body and is considered to be a very important organ. When we smoke we inhale carbon monoxide and a lot of other dangerous chemicals. The list of these chemicals includes ammonia, hydrogen cyanide, butane, nicotine, carbolic acid, collidine, formaldehyde, lutidine, parvoline and prussic acid. These chemicals are then transported through the blood stream to other parts of our body, including our skin.

Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless and highly toxic gas. It is a chemical which is found in any smoke. CO as it is termed is known to cause poisoning and death due to asphyxiation. The gas can be absorbed by the hemoglobin in our blood 200 times faster than oxygen. When we smoke the oxygen content in our blood is displaced by CO.  The oxygen supply to our skin is consequently reduced. The skin tends to become pale and yellowish in color.

The liver goes into overdrive as it works hard to remove and expel the deadly chemicals from the body.
The formaldehyde content in cigarette smoke is also a known irritant and causes damage to the skin. The more cigarettes one smokes, the more is the damage to the skin.

Cigarette smoking causes premature aging of the skin in two other significant ways. Each cigarette uses about 35mg of vitamin C. This vitamin is not manufactured by the body and smoking results in a greater demand for this vitamin. Collagen, which is important for the youthful glow of skin, is destroyed by cigarette smoke.

Smoking causes the constriction or narrowing of blood vessels. Blood supply to the skin is carried out by capillaries or tiny blood vessels. Constriction of capillaries results in reduced blood supply to the skin.

From every conceivable angle, cigarette smoking is harmful for us. If you are a cigarette smoker it is time that you actually consider giving up the habit. You have everything to gain. There is nothing to loose except a deadly habit.