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How Smoking Can Damage Your Skin

Here are a few reasons why you should stop smoking:

Slow Wound Healing

Smoking makes it harder for the blood to flow around the body. And when there is less blood supply to the skin, the skin cannot repair itself at its normal rate.

How Smoking Can Damage Your Skin

Dark Spots

Smoking can increase melanin in your skin which is responsible for darkening. This is why you can notice the lightening of your skin weeks after quitting.

Visible Vessels in Your Skin

Smoking decreases the amount of oxygen circulating in your body. The body compensates by opening up some vessels to deliver oxygen to areas that need it the most. Once these vessels dilate, they become more visible under the skin.

How Smoking Can Damage Your Skin

Skin Cancer

As we all know, smoking is a risk factor for several cancers. And one of which is Cutaneous Squamous Cell Carcinoma. 

The contents of smoking can cause mutations in your genes that lead to unfavorable effects on your skin. 

How Smoking Can Damage Your Skin

Acne Inversa

Theories say that smoking promotes inflammation in the roots of your hair. This is seen as small red bumps in your armpits, groin, and under the breast.


It impairs the proteins responsible for keeping the structure of your skin soft, supple, and tight. Hence, a decrease in these proteins leads to more visible wrinkles and sagging skin.

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Elli ReyesAbout the Author: Dr. Elli Reyes is a specialist of Aesthetic Medicine from the Philippines. With over four years of specialized training, her aesthetic practice has involved a variety of skin treatments involving Botox, fillers, and the like. As a licensed physician, she has been engaged by multiple clinics and is regularly interviewed by the local media as an expert in the science of the skin. Her research and writings to date have centered on nutrition, functional health, and general beauty.

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