ways that drugs can damage you physically

There are many different ways in which heavy drug use can lead to facial sores. Each substance that causes facial sores has a different way of doing so. Here’s how commonly abused drugs can cause facial sores:

  • Alcohol: Alcohol abuse can cause liver disease. Liver disease can lead to many skin problems, including sores called ‘arterioles’ which may appear on the face.
  • Crack/Cocaine: Cocaine, especially crack, can make users think they have bugs under their skin, leading to intense itching and scratching that can cause ‘crack sores’.
  • Heroin: Heroin use can cause a rash, which can affect all areas of the body including the face.
  • Meth: Meth can actually cause face sores in multiple different ways, including via acne, ‘meth mites’, and burns. 
  • Steroids: Steroids are notorious for causing intense acne on the face, shoulders, neck, and back. Acne can lead to sores if picking occurs.

Drug Sores on Arms and Legs

Pretty much any drug that causes skin sores can do so on the legs and arms. In particular, meth, heroin, and crack are most likely to do so. Both crack and meth sores on legs and arms are common.These drugs can cause users to feel like there are bugs under their skin, leading to sores on arms and legs from incessant scratching.Heroin causes sores in a different way. Heroin abuse can lead to many issues in the areas where the drug is injected. Legs and arms are the most common places to inject heroin.

Repeated heroin use can cause veins to swell, collapse, and scar. This can result in visible skin issues including scars, sores, discoloring, and deterioration. Crack is smoked using a small glass pipe. The pipe can get very hot, leading to burns, mostly in the mouth area. Crack can also cause formication, or the feeling of bugs crawling under the skin. Just like with meth, this can lead to incessant scratching which may result in nasty wounds, scabs, scars, and sores. 

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