Tip 3: Harm of smoking for the skin
First of all, facial skin suffers from cigarette smoke. Its direct effect causes constant irritation and dryness of the dermis due to toxic components that are present in it. The nails and the skin on the smoker's fingers, also exposed to direct exposure to tobacco smoke, eventually turn yellow-brown in color. This is due to tobacco tar present in the smoke.
The internal effect of tobacco smoking on the skin lies in the fact that smokers turn on a gene that triggers the production of the enzyme collagenase in the body, which destroys collagen - a special protein responsible for the strength and elasticity of the skin. Vitamins C and E help to preserve it, but smoking reduces their amount in the body. As a result - the skin loses its elasticity, becomes flabby. Smokers often have wrinkles around the lips and eyes.
Smoking constricts blood vessels, as a result, the capillaries of the skin lose the ability to pass through the necessary amount of blood.In addition, the amount of oxygen in the smoker’s blood is reduced by carbon monoxide, which is present in cigarette smoke. As a result, comes the so-called oxygen starvation, and the skin loses its fresh look. Due to the persistent spasm of the vessels, the derma is dried up and aged even more, and the net of blue or red vessels can be seen through it. One smoked cigarette “squeezes” the blood vessels of the skin for 1.5 hours, while the total blood flow in the fingers decreases by one third.
To rely on miracle peels, masks and other cosmetics is almost useless. Surgery on the background of destroyed collagen does not guarantee a brilliant result. Even if the plastic is successful, the result will not be long.
Tobacco addiction leads to a decrease in skin regeneration. That is why wounds in smokers heal more slowly and worse. So, the width of the postoperative scar after laparoscopy in the abdominal cavity in smokers is on average 6-7 mm, and in non-smokers only 3 mm. Many plastic surgeons are not trying to learn from their patients about their bad habits for the sake of idle curiosity.The risk of skin rejection when plastic in smokers is almost 13 times higher than that of non-smokers.
A harmful habit causes skin diseases such as psoriasis. This conclusion was made by experts from Harvard Medical School. Smokers have a very high risk of developing this chronic disease. They suffer from psoriasis 2-4 times more often than non-smokers.
In addition, exposure to cigarette smoke exacerbates the course of diseases that smoking does not directly cause. So, melanoma is a malignant tumor of the skin, in the appearance of which physicians mainly blame the sun; metastasis is much more common among smokers. The probability of death in skin cancer among those who like to smoke is 2 times higher.
Vincent's disease is peculiar only to smokers. In this disease, the gums become inflamed and die. The more a person smokes, the higher the risk: 75% of patients a day smoked at least three packs of cigarettes.
So that this unattractive list of diseases does not touch you, get rid of your addiction. Specialized portal on the fight against smoking will help find inspiration, like-minded people, tell you how to do it correctly and effectively.
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