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How Does Smoking Affect My Skin?

How Smoking Really Affects Your Skin

Not only is smoking a serious threat to your health, but our friends at MIMI have rounded up the bad effects lighting up has on your skin — and they're downright ugly.

It's no secret that smoking cigarettes wreaks havoc on your health. Smoking compromises the immune system, decreases bone density, harms your blood cells, damages the function of your heart, damages your breathing, scars your lungs, and can cause cancer. In fact, 70 out of the 7,000 chemicals in cigarettes (!!!) are proven to cause cancer, according to

Though the majority of the general public are aware of these facts, it's the superficial effects that lead to a higher quitting rate. Ah, vanity. Who knew it can save lives?

Below we've compiled a comprehensive list of all the terrible things continued cigarette smoking can do to your skin — that is, if the risk of a painful death doesn't do the trick. Our advice? Read the list, put down the cigs. Repeat.

  1. Under-Eye Bags
    Nightly nicotine-withdrawal will affect your sleep cycle and cause you to feel unrested and have trouble falling asleep.
  2. Yellow Teeth
    Nicotine stains teeth (and fingers . . .) and leads to an unsightly yellow tint. That, and tobacco makes your breath smell terrible. And your clothes.
  3. Premature Aging and Wrinkles
    It's estimated that if you smoke 30 cigarettes a day, by the age of 70 you could have garnered the equivalent of an extra 14 years of skin aging, reports Telegraph.
  4. Thinning (and Graying) Hair
    The toxic chemicals in smoke damages the DNA in hair follicles and causes hair to thin and gray at an accelerated rate.
  5. Prominent Scars
    Smoking causes blood vessels to narrow, which will limit oxygenated blood flow to your face and body. This, in turn causes wounds to heal less quickly and scars (and stretch marks) to remain visible.
  6. Dull, Sallow Skin
    A study in 1985 resulted a list of clinical features attributed specifically to smokers, called "Smokers Face." It includes wrinkles, gauntness, and a gray appearance of the skin, reports Health.
  7. Belly Fat
    A study done in 2009 found smokers had more visceral fat than nonsmokers, which concentrates around your stomach and increases risk for diabetes.
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