As of Dec. When someone mentions the toll smoking takes on your skin, what is the first thing that comes to mind? Most of us probably think of wrinkles, and with good reason. Some of the toxins in cigarette smoke damage collagen and elastin, which are fibrous components of skin that keep it firm and supple. This damage speeds up skin aging, making smokers more prone to wrinkles on their faces and body. Crow's feet are a common type of wrinkling that develops at the outer edges of the eyes.
Smoking and Skin Aging in Identical Twins
How Smoking Ages Skin and Causes Premature Wrinkles
This study examined the association of smoking status and pack-years of smoking with facial wrinkling in men and women. We conducted a cross-sectional study of never smokers, former smokers and current smokers, aged 30 through 69 years, drawn from a health maintenance organization. Smoking status, pack-years of smoking, and potential confounding variables were assessed by questionnaire. Facial wrinkle category, a dichotomous variable, and facial wrinkle score, a computed continuous variable, were assessed by blinded standardized visual assessment. Wrinkling was so uncommon among through year-old subjects that analyses were restricted to subjects aged 40 and over never smokers, former smokers, and current smokers. Pack-years was positively associated with facial wrinkle score in women aged 40 through 69 years and in men aged 40 through 59 years. In both groups, the increased risk of wrinkling was equivalent to about 1.
How Smoking Causes Damage to Your Skin
Smoking can speed up the normal aging process of your skin, contributing to wrinkles and other changes to the appearance of your face. These changes include crow's-feet, pronounced lines between the eyebrows, uneven skin complexion, a grayish tone on lighter skin, deep creases and puffiness below the eyes, wrinkles around the mouth, and thinner lips. The more cigarettes you smoke and the longer you smoke, the more likely you are to develop wrinkles and other age-associated changes to your face. The other primary factor you can control that causes skin damage is sun exposure.
Researchers have documented the aging effects of smoking on skin and have even coined the phrase "smoker's face. Smoking has been described by the World Health Organization as the single greatest preventable cause of disease, disability, and death globally. In fact, long-term smokers are robbed of as much as a decade of life, according to large-scale studies on women and men. Tobacco smoke contains more than 3, different chemical components, many of which can damage tissues directly or interfere with chemical processes necessary to keep those tissues healthy. The same chemicals can cause wrinkles and other premature aging of your skin.