Smoking: Does it cause wrinkles?

Smoking Causes Wrinkles

Yes, smoking does cause wrinkles. If you are a teenager or a young adult who hasnt yet developed a three-pack-a-day habit, dont start!

You have friends that smoke and you think it looks cool or you think that taking up smoking will help you lose weight or you have another reason for wanting to smoke.

None of those are good reasons for taking up a habit that is going to cause you to die many years sooner than you normally would or to have skin that looks twenty years older than it should.

If you already have a big smoking habit, it is never too late to quit and you can still add years to your expected life span, as well as, a more youthful appearance to your skin.

Thirty year old smokers have skin that is the equivalent to the skin of a fifty-year-old non-smoker.

All tobacco contains skin irritants. Cigarettes contain tar, carbon monoxide, arsenic and formaldehyde. Formaldehyde is a gas that is used to preserve the bodies of dead animals. They also contain nicotine.

Smoking cigarettes decreases the blood flow to the skin so the skin isnt supplied with all of the oxygen and nutrients that it needs.

Because the skin is deprived of needed oxygen and nutrients it becomes dry quicker and loses its elasticity. This creates wrinkles at a much faster rate.

It isnt yet clear why but it has been proven that smokers have less collagen and elastin in their skins than do non-smokers.

Collagen and elastin are proteins that help to keep the skin soft and wrinkle free.

Cigarette smoke causes those who smoke and those who are exposed to the smoke to squint more. Squinting is what promotes crows feet or wrinkles around the eyes.

Drawing on cigarettes causes wrinkles to form around the mouth from repeated contraction of the muscles.

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