Similar to its health consequences, the effects of smoking on your skin are a cause of concern. Long term tobacco use can precipitate skin issues that not only affect the way you look but, more importantly, the way you feel about yourself. It can contribute to low self-esteem and self-confidence.
Effects of Smoking On Your Skin: What Are The Tell-Tale Signs?
Collagen and elastin are proteins found in the skin, and the body naturally produces them. They work together to make the skin firm, supple and strong. What’s interesting about these two components is the more you have them, the more the body produces and maintains them.
As part of the natural aging process, collagen and elastin production DECREASES. For smokers, though, actual DAMAGE happens. The thousands of toxic chemicals, including Nicotine, trigger the destruction of collagen and elastin. Therefore, resulting in premature aging and more.
These are the vertical lines around the mouth that come from pursing the lips to draw the cigarette over to your mouth. These are dynamic wrinkles that non-smokers do not have.
Fine Lines and Deep Wrinkles
As tobacco smoke continues to destroy the skin’s building blocks, facial lines, and deep wrinkles start to show. An example is Crows Feet, the prominent creases around the eyes.
Elastin’s incredible characteristic is providing the skin with the ability to maintain its original shape and snap back in place even when stressed. As it depletes with continuous smoking, the skin starts sagging.
Uneven Skin Tone/Sunspots
Although anyone can develop these with repeated sun exposure, smokers are more at risk. Nicotine causes blood vessels to constrict; this results in a decrease in the amount of oxygen going to your skin cells.
Dark, puffy under-eye circles are often associated with lack of sleep or rest. A John Hopkins sleep expert, Susheel P. Patil, M.D., PhD, said, “People who smoke wake up more often during the night.” Nicotine is a stimulant and can be a barrier to sleep.
Treatments That Can Help Target The Effects of Smoking on Skin
The best way to stop the effects of smoking on your skin is still by quitting. Wrinkles and sagging skin may not disappear entirely, just by staying away from cigarettes. However, when you quit smoking, it encourages normal blood flow to return. Your skin, therefore, will get more oxygen and nutrients that will stimulate skin cells renewal.
Cosmetic Skin Therapies offers a wide array of cosmetic injectable treatments that help address the effects of smoking on your skin. For those mentioned above, our medical professionals may recommend Anti Wrinkle, Dermal Filler, and Platelet Rich Plasma, IV Therapies Treatments, among many others.
Find the nearest CST clinic and speak with our medical professionals for an in-depth consultation.