Everyone knows that smoking is bad for the lungs and heart, but it also negatively affects the skin. Tobacco smoke damages collagen and elastin and impairs immune responses, harming the skin and increasing the risk of developing (or exacerbating) skin diseases. Here are some unpleasant skin effects that smoking can cause.
Cigarette smoke causes oxidative stress, which in turn decreases collagen and elastin production. Because of this, the skin loses its elasticity and becomes flabby.
Smoking also leads to a sharp constriction of blood vessels, a lack of oxygen and nutrients necessary for healthy skin. All this causes the early appearance of visible wrinkles, especially around the mouth.
Scars and pigmentation
Smoking and the circulatory disturbance that it causes make the skin more susceptible to damage to the capillaries and veins, leading to a deterioration in complexion, hyperpigmentation, and scarring.
Therefore, clean, smooth skin and smoking are practically incompatible.
Darkening of the lips
Also, from tobacco, the skin of the lips becomes dry and rough, so smokers have to use moisturizing and nourishing balms almost every half hour.
Deterioration of wound healing
Another unpleasant consequence of constant smoking is the deterioration of wound healing. Smokers’ skin takes much longer to recover from injuries, surgeries, and other medical procedures.
Ulcers, deep cuts, burns, and even minor scratches take longer to heal, and ugly scars and scars are more likely to form.