The chemicals in tobacco extracts cause oxidative stress and affect the production of elastin and collagen, decreasing Vitamin D circulation and narrowing down blood vessels, leading to skin ageing.
Cigarette smoking can degenerate collagen and elastin and increase transepidermal water loss, which can affect your skin’s strength and elasticity, leading to skin sagging.
Smoking can cause more defined wrinkles and lead to upper-lip wrinkles, nasolabial folds, forehead wrinkles, and eyelid skin redundancy. It can also irritate your eyes and enhance wrinkle formation in your eye and mouth areas.
Smoking can make your skin look dull and pale due to the depletion of oxygen and essential nutrients in your skin as a result of narrowed blood vessels. This can lead to uneven pigmentation in people who smoke.
Smoking can increase melanocyte production in your skin, causing skin discolouration and leading to age spots and dark spots on your skin.
Heavy smokers have a higher risk of developing squamous cell carcinoma. Smokers with melanoma have a lesser chance of survival than non-smokers.
Smoking can increase the chances of developing psoriasis and affect its severity and response to treatment. Smokers are less likely to experience any symptom improvement with medications compared to nonsmokers.
The first step in quitting smoking is to think about the health hazards of smoking. Consider how smoking can affect your skin and overall health. Thinking about this can help you decide to quit.
Whenever you feel the urge to smoke, delay it by 10 minutes and distract yourself. For example, go to a smoke-free zone or try deep breathing. These methods can help you move past your tobacco cravings.
The moment you decide to quit, talk to your doctor about how to manage and quit smoking. Your doctor may suggest nicotine replacement therapy to help with nicotine withdrawal.