Want better skin? Then quit smoking now

March 9, 2011

Want better skin? Then quit smoking now
Want better skin? Then quit smoking now

Many regular smokers fear that their complexion may be compromised forever due to their habit, but some of the skin issues related to smoke can be reversed if one is willing to take quick action, according to The Daily Mail.

Though the effects of smoking can be reduced by quitting, the news source warns that the later one gives up the habit, the less damage they will be able to undo.

Smoking harms the skin because the inhalation of chemicals puts the body under stress. To compensate, the body uses vitamins elsewhere in one’s system, lowering the number of vitamins your skin receives to help stay healthy. This can result in discoloration, sagging skin and wrinkles.

Additionally, the act of inhaling on a cigarette can cause cheeks to appear hollow and cause wrinkling around the eyes and mouth.

The good news is, within six weeks after smoking, skin will begin to appear healthier as it is receives more oxygen and higher antioxidant levels.

The news source urges individuals who have recently quit to employ a strict skincare regimen to encourage skin to look its best. One should exfoliate on a regular basis and consider taking fish-oil or lycopene supplements. Exercising to oxidate one’s skin is a good idea as well, but the source suggests people to take it easy at first to avoid any injury, which would slow the skin’s healing process.

There are many types of cosmetic medicine that one can undergo to help combat premature wrinkles from smoking. For instance, injectable soft tissue fillers are popular because it is less invasive than full surgery, according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS).

The news source also suggests a chemical peel for visible wrinkles, which can promote the production of collagen.

Patients should discuss all available treatment options with a board-certified plastic surgeon to decide what treatment would best suit their needs.  


The mission of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) includes medical education, public education and patient advocacy. Plastic Surgery News Briefs are summaries of current stories found through various news and magazine outlets that relate to or mention plastic surgery and cosmetic procedures. The views expressed in these news articles do not necessarily reflect the opinions of ASAPS, but are merely published as an educational service to our members and the general public. For additional information on these subjects and other plastic surgery related topics, please go to www.surgery.org

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