Here’s some bad news for smokers who don’t want their skin to age. The more cigarettes you smoke, the more wrinkles you will have! Though early skin damage may go unnoticed, smoking is considered as one of the leading causes of speeding up the normal aging process of your skin, contributing to wrinkles, saggy skin, uneven skin tone, and alarming health concerns. Also, apart from age, smoking is the strongest predictor of facial wrinkling in men and women.
The processes by which smoking causes hair loss is multifactorial and are probably related to the effects of cigarette smoke on the microvasculature of the dermal hair papilla, smoke genotoxicants causing DNA damage to our hair follicles and smoke-induced imbalance in the follicular protease/antiprotease systems, all of which control tissue remodeling during the hair growth cycle.
Moreover, the pro-oxidant effects of smoking lead to a release of proinflammatory cytokines, resulting in follicular micro-inflammation, fibrosis and finally increased hydroxylation of estradiol (estrogen) as well as inhibition of the enzyme aromatase, creating a relative hypo-oestrogenic state, which accelerates aging of the skin.
According to epidemiological studies, scientists assumed cigarette smoke accelerated hair loss and premature greying. The association was attributed
mainly to toxins in smoke that can harm hair follicles and damage hormones.
The Depth Of Damage:
Toxic and harmful chemicals in cigarettes can damage your DNA, ecology, and hair growth cycle, making it harder to cure hair loss. Reports also state that tobacco smoke causes oxidative stress that damages the growth of stem cells in hair follicles as nicotine hinders blood circulation in the scalp. E-cigarettes, in particular, can damage epidermal cells. Therefore, smoking cessation halts accelerated hair loss and may also slow greying.
Skin Recovery After Quitting Smoking:
Though giving up smoking may not be able to reverse wrinkling, entirely, it will keep you from aging prematurely, especially in the crow’s feet area under and around your eyes. Besides, when you quit smoking, your hair will look thicker, fuller and lustrous. It will also lose that ashtray scent that even the best shampoo has a tough time covering up. Just within a month, you can even look forward to enhanced skin color.