7 Ways Smoking Affects Your Looks

by Dr. Antonio Howell, MD

in quit smoking

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Who doesn’t want to look good, better yet who wouldn’t want to stay looking young and healthy? This is a concern for most people and also smokers because smoking does affect how you look. Smoking does not only affect your body health wise, but also cosmetically. Call it vain, but most people are always concerned about their looks and also smokers because smoking does affect how you look.

  1. Tired Look

Correction-of-wrinkles-on-half-6248301Smokers often look tired with perpetual bags under their eyes. It is because their sleep patterns are disturbed and they are always complaining of not getting enough sleep. Studies have shown that nicotine withdrawal at night could have a direct link to the restlessness or unrest smokers experience causing them to have poor sleep patterns.

  1. Stained Teeth and Smoker’s Breath

Stained teeth and smoker’s breath are other setbacks that smokers have to deal with. It is a well known fact that nicotine causes staining of the teeth and it adds up to the unnecessary costs smokers incur due to smoking. A trip to the dentist to have your teeth cleaned costs about $500 to $1,000. Smokers are also constantly trying to mask their breath, especially if they are closet smokers.

  1. Yellow Fingers

Nicotine also stains the fingers causing them to spot a characteristic yellow discoloration. The walls of your home will also suffer greatly from discoloration. Although several remedies are floated on how to quickly and easily clear cigarette smoke stains from walls, the most permanent and effective solution is to quit smoking altogether.


  1. Wrinkling and Aging

Wrinkling and aging present themselves faster in smokers compared to non-smokers. Smokers on average look 1.4 years older compared to non-smokers. This is because smoking affects blood supply to the skin tissue which in turn affects the skin’s ability to stay looking healthy and supple.

DID YOU KNOW?
The nicotine found in cigarettes damages the fibers and connective tissue in your skin, causing it to lose elasticity and strength resulting in stretch marks.
  1. Thinning Hair

Smoking affects the hair as well causing it to thin out and grey quicker. Experts believe that the toxic chemicals emitted through cigarette smoke generate cell-damaging free radicals and cause damage to the


DID YOU KNOW?

Wrinkling and aging present themselves faster in smokers compared to non-smokers. Smokers on average look 1.4 years older compared to non-smokers.

DNA in hair follicles. Men are twice as likely to lose their hair compared to non-smokers, with all hair loss factors such as aging taken into account.


  1. Scarring and Wound Healing

Vasoconstriction, which is characterized by the blood vessels narrowing, presents itself in smokers limiting blood flow to the tiny vessels found all over the body and particularly the face. The result is that oxygen-rich blood does not reach these regions and in turn makes it harder for scars to heal quickly. Studies have also shown that smokers do not generally heal as expected after surgeries like periodontal procedures, face-lifts and tooth extractions.

  1. Flabby Tummy

Cigarettes have been known to suppress the appetite of smokers and they generally have lower body weights compared to nonsmokers. A study conducted in the Netherlands in 2009 showed that to the contrary smokers had higher visceral fat. This greatly increases the likelihood of smokers developing other diseases like diabetes.


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