Smoking affects every part of your body, not just on the inside but it can drastically change your looks on the outside too…
Grey looking skin, circles around the eyes, spots, wrinkles and sagginess – just some of the ways your skin is affected by smoking
Your skin is very sensitive to smoke and that’s why you can usually tell by looking at someone’s face whether they’re a long-term smoker or not.
Smoke replaces oxygen in your blood. This means there’s less oxygen travelling around your body and therefore less of the nutrients that your skin needs to stay healthy.
Squinting because of the smoke in the air and puckering your lips when taking a drag on a cigarette causes wrinkles around the eyes and mouth. This is called ‘smoker’s face’.
Smokers are much more likely to develop psoriasis. Around 25% of people who have psoriasis got it because of smoking, researchers say, and it can make the condition much worse in people who already have it.
Smokers can find that their hair is easily breakable and not very strong. Heavy smokers are more likely to go bald and grey (even ladies!) This is due to the lack of nutrients in the body because smoke has replaced oxygen in the blood.
Smoking lowers a woman’s female hormone levels. This causes an increase in her male hormone levels which means she’s much more likely to grow thicker hairs on her arms and face.
Dodgy breath, stained teeth and bad gums are some of most obvious effects of smoking.
Gum disease (gingivitis) is a real issue for smokers. It damages the gums and makes them recede which is the main cause of tooth loss.
We’ve all seen people with unattractive, yellow stained teeth. Smoking is the number one culprit. The tar that is inhaled through smoking settles in the tiny cracks in tooth enamel, causing that yellow staining.
The problem with bad breath is that you’re normally the last to know! Smoking causes an ‘ashtray’ type smell from a person’s mouth. Also, gum disease causes the gum tissue to decay and leads to a rank smell.
Our tongue and lips are in the way of a cigarette’s smoky path to the lungs. Heavy smoking can blacken the tongue but the really scary risk is tongue and lip cancer. It can start as a sore spot with pain or bleeding from no injury, or as a white or red patch. Treatment for mouth cancer often includes having to have an area of your tongue or mouth removed – eek!
Smoke irritates and damages the eyes and that is why smokers get bloodshot eyes. Long-term smoking can cause blindness and cataracts.
Heavy smoking makes ﬁngers and ﬁngernails on the hand used to hold cigarettes turn yellow from the tobacco.
People often worry that they’ll gain weight when they try to give up smoking. The fact is smoking is much more likely to kill you than a few extra pounds will. Putting on a bit of weight is common soon after you stop smoking but in the long term ex-smokers return to normal their normal weight as they adapt to being nicotine free.
Smokers are more likely to store fat around their waist. This is associated with a much higher risk of developing diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure and gallbladder problems.
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