Smoking and acne intensity – connected!

    It’s a basic and interesting theme for everyone – whether you suffer from acne lesions or you are anxious about damage smoking will cause to your skin. I tried and did my best last week and found some articles clarifying researches on this subject. Connection between cigarette smoking and development of acne lesions is controversial, but more and more studies are conducted within this sphere.

    Doctors underlined: cessation will improve skin condition within few weeks after quitting and will keep getting better.

    It’s worth telling that there is such thing like “smoker’s acne”. It’s widely blazed in medical circles that cigarette smoking increases the levels of carbon monoxide within one’s body. This in turn stimulates the sebaceous glands to produce excessive amounts of sebum.

    Wiki says, that sebum is an oily substance secreted by the sebaceous glands in mammalian skin. Its main purpose is to make the skin and hair waterproof and to protect them from drying out. An excess of sebum can make the skin or hair oily, and it can begin to smell when broken down by bacteria outside the body.

    So this increased production of sebum is clogging the hair follicles, which in turn causes the erythematous papular and nodular lesions seen within group of patients with acne. People who suffer from acne will probably feel worsening of their skin condition if smoking.

    Research workers took 278 male smokers and 277 male non-smokers, having a mean age or 24 and 23. All of them smoked more than 3 cigarettes per day. Acne and the progression of acne severity were evaluated over a year period.

    Results showed: sever acne was observed in 22.7 percent of smokers and only 16.6 percent of non-smokers. There was a significant association between the duration of cigarette smoking and acne severity; but the relationship between the dosage of cigarette smoking and acne intensity was not significant.

    Doctors mentioned, that working in a room filled with smoking and other ways of inhaling SHC (second-hand smoke) is also about to develop non-inflammatory type of acne, such as non-inflamed blackheads and blocked pores.

    So one must stay away from cigarette smoke - not only smoking. This is a common opinion that smoking is good for people with inflammatory type of acne due to the anti-inflammatory effect of smoking, but minuses are much bigger than pluses.

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