Although you would be hard-pressed to find anyone who wasn't aware of the horrifically detrimental effects of smoking, it is unfortunately an addiction that far too many people are still controlled by. The good news is that there are plenty of ways a person can defeat this addiction and get on the road to a healthier life. And part of what will help a person quit smoking is being armed with health facts pertaining to this habit. In this post, we will take a look at a few scary things that happen to a person's skin when they are smoking on a regular basis.
1. You'll Have Bigger Bags Under Your Eyes: Don't you just hate when you get those unsightly bags under your eyes after a night of restless sleep? That same effect occurs for many smokers. And why is that? According to a John Hopkins study, smokers are four times as likely than non-smokers to feel chronically unrested and deprived of quality sleep. It's thought that this sleep deprivation is triggered by nicotine withdrawal, which leads chronic smokers to toss and turn at night. And when this happens, it leads to the quick development of baggy eyes that are hard to get rid of.
Premature Aging: This is one of the most commonly known effects of smoking, but it is worth mentioning. On average, those who smoke look about one and a half years older than those who don't. They are also far more likely to develop wrinkles sooner than the average person. This is caused by the blood supply being thwarted from accessing skin tissue properly and this is needed in order to keep the skin looking youthful and supple.
- Psoriasis: Although this is an autoimmune skin condition that can affect non-smokers, the risk of getting this condition is drastically increased for smokers. A 2007 study showed that people who smoked a pack a day for anywhere from eleven to twenty years had a 60% increased risk of developing the scaly skin condition known as psoriasis. Even scarier, there also seems to be a link between this condition and those who were exposed to secondhand smoke or smoke in the womb.
- Scarring: Smoking doesn't directly produce scars (unless you burn yourself on the butt of a cigarette), but it does lead to bigger, redder scarring that is less likely to fade over time. Nicotine caused vasoconstriction. This means that the blood vessels become closed off, therefore limiting oxygen-rich blood flow to the smaller vessels in many parts of your body including your face. Because of this, it becomes more difficult for wounds to heal properly and scars remain bigger and redder than they need to.
- Smoker's Face: Smoker's Face is a real term that was coined in 1985 to describe the faces of people that seemed wrinkled, grey, and gaunt. Smoking makes a person's face look this way because smoke contains carbon monoxide. This displaces oxygen in the skin and the nicotine restricts blood flow, leading to discolored skin. It should also be noted that smoking negatively affects the nutrients in your body that you need on a daily basis to stay healthy. One such nutrient is Vitamin C which is necessary to keep your skin glowing, clear, and healthy. Vitamin C also protects and repairs skin, but when it is depleted from the body due to smoking, it can no longer do that.
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