Skin Damage and Smoking: Is "Smoker's Face" a Myth, Or Real?

While we all know smoking does numerous bad things for our health, sometimes you'll hear about things fitting somewhere in the middle of real and myth. One particularly health aspect to smoking you've probably heard about is Smoker's Face, which you can describe in various ways.

Unfortunately, you'll still find some people who stay incredulous to Smoker's Face, simply because some elements of it have become fabricated. In truth, it's very real, though needs more clarity to define what it is.

As an aspect of skin damage and smoking, it's an important health problem needing awareness if you don't want to look older than you really are.

 

The Problem With Wrinkles

One of the most common signs of Smoker's Face is wrinkles, though within specific areas of the face. Australian studies show wrinkles in smokers commonly appear around the corners of the mouth and eyes.

Obviously, this is where smoke is most apt to go first when you light up. Your entire skin is vulnerable, though, since smoke has a toxic effect on skin pigmentation. Typically, you see a palish, yellow-grey pallor to a smoker's skin. Plus, smoke makes a person's cheeks sink, giving them an older appearance before reaching middle-age.

Deeper wrinkling is a major issue due to smoke toxicity. Studies continue to show smokers look up to nearly five years older when lined up with people their same age who don't smoke.

If this sounds like a good incentive to quit smoking, then you can start by addressing your triggers. Do you know what your triggers are? Download the following eBook to get some insight into what your smoking triggers could be: 

Smoking Triggers

Australia has used Smoker's Face as a strong pull to get people to quit smoking.

Use of Smoker's Face in Stop Smoking Campaigns

Over a decade ago, Australia used a series of graphic pictures on cigarette packets, something copied by the U.S. a few years later. In the pictures, it included not only people lying in coffins, but also those with smoker's face effects.

Australia actually started this in 2006 with a stipulation the pictures had to cover 30% of a packet's front and 90% of the back.

Within the last year, you're seeing parts of Australia ban smoking completely from specific venues. It's become a stronger inspiration for younger people to stop smoking to avoid feeling welcomed in popular public places.

One thing about Smoker's Face is it goes beyond just wrinkles. After just a decade of continual smoking, you may have to deal with other physical signs capable of ruining your appearance, such as:

  • Yellow Teeth and Fingers

No doubt you've seen more than a few smokers with yellow teeth, as well as yellow fingers. This becomes worse over time, which can become a major embarrassment when seen at public events.

To help younger people see how bad this looks, Australia led a face-aging software campaign in Perth pharmacies a few years ago. It showed teens exactly what they'd look like with Smoker's Face, providing shocking results.

Doing this led to many younger smokers giving up smoking after seeing the images.

The fact is, nobody wants to display yellow teeth or fingers when having to work around people every day.

  • Scarring From Slow Wound Healing

Any sore you might have on your face, or in your mouth, could become slower to heal due to smoke toxins. Not long after, this affects your appearance dramatically. Once it starts affecting your mouth, it could soon lead to tooth loss, something making you look two decades older. Buying dentures also becomes a major expense you possibly can't afford.

If you are motivated to quit smoking and want to find out what your triggers might be, you can click below to read the "13 Seldom Talked About Smoking Triggers."