In simple but short terms, you can pretty much toss out that vision of a supermodel complexion when you keep smoking cigarettes. After all, with all those toxins and chemicals floating around you in a private miasma, you will not only end up stinking like old car parts but will also wind up with shriveled, wrinkled, and polluted skin. Many of the poisons in cigarette smoke will destroy collagen and cause your skin to sag to dangerously unpleasant levels. Let’s take a closer look at some ways that cigarettes ruin your gorgeous complexion and why you should crush that cigarette before it’s too late.
Premature Aging: Not a Plus
If you have ever known a smoker before, then you are probably familiar with the infamous “smoker’s lines,” those faint wrinkles that trace across a person’s pursed lips. However, these are only a few of the signs of premature aging present on the smoker’s face. Another skin problem includes crow’s feet, a latticework of wrinkles across the outer edges of the eyes, near smile lines. Cigarette toxins destroy elastin and also constrict vascular activity, causing these wrinkles to appear.
If wrinkles weren’t bad enough, smokers also have to deal with severe sagging skin. Some common areas that are affected include breasts and the upper arms.
Risk of Skin Cancer
Did you know that, if you smoke cigarettes, you are at a 52% increased risk for developing squamous cell carcinoma (SCC), as compared non-smokers? In fact, SCC is one of the most common varieties of skin cancer and is most common around the lips of smoker’s mouths. So why is this cancer risk so high? Doctors speculate the lowered immune systems of smokers increases their risk of developing illness straightaway.
Out of the possible skin problems you can endure, acne might be the most irritating. After all, who wants to walk around with a pattern of zits across their faces? For smokers, acne is most common among regions where the limbs brush against the body (e.g. groin, breasts, armpits).
Seeking Treatment for Cigarette Use
Remember that addiction can be triggered by one shot of alcohol or a single puff of a cigarette, but the true danger of this sickness is that you cannot fully determine how much you have to consume before your mind forms an attachment. Social smoking is just as dangerous as chronic smoking, on many levels, but you do not have to smoke to have a good time. Remember, drugs cannot determine if you have fun and do not have control over your life.
If you are suffering from a severe case of drug abuse or addiction, or have a friend or loved one who is coping with this illness, get in touch with Asana Recovery today. Our professional team of counselors and healthcare experts will help you endure the painful process of alcohol withdrawal and detox and guide you along the rocky road of rehabilitation. Soon enough, you will experience a faster and much more efficient recovery.
If you want to find out more about our residential treatment or supervised detoxification/withdrawal programs or enroll in one of these programs today, we are ready and waiting to speak with you at your leisure and your disclosure. Call Asana now at (949) 438-4504 to learn how you can overcome your mental illness and take an extra step toward becoming a healthier person.