Healing smoking skin damage


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Smoking is bad everybody, smoker or non smoker, knows that: it can cause cancer, heart diseases, strokes, bad teeth, nails and skin, a specific bad smell of the breath, hair, clothes. 

Because the skin damage caused by smoking is not visible right after the persons starts smoking, many seem to ignore the risks until it is to late.

Studies have showed that a heavy smoker will have after 10 years a pale (sometimes even gray), unhealthy skin. The same thing happens with the smokers that turn 40, even if they haven't smoke one or two cigarettes packets per day. A 40 year old smoker tends to have the wrinkles of a 60 year old non smoker.

This happens because smoking deprives the skin of its necessary of oxygen and nutrients (vitamin A for example) by restricting blood vessels in the outermost layers of the skin. Smoking also damages the collagen and elastin by decreasing the blood flow to the skin causing a loss of strength and elasticity which brings  premature wrinkles.

Smoking decreases also the body capacity of healing its wounds (thats why for smokers it takes longer and the scars are uglier); most of the time plastic surgery is refused to smokers because of this consequence.
There are also some Italian studies that show that smoking may increase the risk of appearance of psoriasis (a skin disease).

Normally the skin has its own capacity of healing. If you smoke a cigarette, your skin will be irritated (just like the eyes), but the effects will go away soon after you've stopped smoking. But if you smoke a lot during the day then the damages will become permanent.

If you want to heal your skin, which was damaged by smoking, keep in mind the following:

  • stop smoking or at least reduce it to no more than 5 cigarettes per day.
  • if you are a non smoker but live or work in a smoking environment, fight for your right to fresh air. Think of your health and ask the smokers to smoke their cigarettes in special places.
  • try to use good creams, specially designed for smokers' skin.
  • avoid dehydration of your skin (which will only aggravate the smoking damages) by drinking plenty of water and using a proper moisturizer.
  • use anti ageing creams based on vitamin A, E, C.
  • don't forget to use masks and scrub products on a regular basis to help your damaged skin to “breath”
  • make yourself a morning and evening ritual by cleansing, toning, exfoliating and moisturizing your skin.

And don't forget that the damage caused to the skin by smoking is hard or almost impossible to heal.

See Also

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Healing smoking skin damage
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Anti aging creams
Facial aging
Skin aging

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