ROBBIE BETH DROSSNER, MD
SMOKING AND SKIN HEALTH
SMOKING AND SKIN HEALTH
Many people are not aware that smoking can damage the overall health and appearance of their skin. Every time smoke is inhaled the skin is exposed to thousands of chemical toxins that bring about premature aging and contribute to sagging skin, lines and wrinkles, uneven skin tone, dullness and dry skin,scarring, age spots, cancer, and other chronic skin conditions.
Sagging and wrinkling of the skin is caused by the weakening of natural collagen and elastin in the skin. Several of the chemicals in cigarettes cause these collagen and elastin fibers to lose their strength and elasticity.
The repetitious facial movements involved in smoking cause the deterioration of healthy collagen fibers which also results in early onset lines and wrinkles, especially around the mouth and on the lips.
Smoking causes a reduction in the amount of red blood cells which are necessary to carry nutrients and oxygen throughout the body. With fewer red blood cells, many smokers will appear pale or develop blotchiness.
Smoker’s skin can become dry and dull as nicotine use impairs overall blood flow by causing a narrowing of blood vessels
The narrowing of blood vessels can cause wounds to take longer to heal and make the smoker’s skin more prone to scarring due to reduced oxygen in the bloodstream.
Individuals who smoke are also more likely to develop age spots, the small dark areas that appear on the skin.
Studies show that smokers have a 52% higher risk of developing squamous cell carcinoma than non-smokers.
Smokers also have an increased risk in the development and/or worsening of chronic skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema.
While we always encourage every patient not to ever start smoking, or to quit if they are a smoker, Doctor Drossner also works with our patients to “undo” the damage smoking has caused.
Our office carries a full line of dermatological cosmetic products to even out skin tone, reduce age spots, prevent wrinkles, reduce eye puffiness and dark circles, and restore hydration, luster and brightness to the skin.
Doctor Drossner can also recommend and inject dermal fillers into the areas of the face where lines and wrinkles have set in to help reduce the signs of aging.
We also have an experienced esthetician on staff to perform chemical peels and facials, customized to each patient’s particular needs. These treatments, along our skincare regimen can jumpstart your opportunity to change the way you look and feel about your skin.