Smoking and skin. The smear of the entire chemical cocktail, which is formed as a result of the combustion of tobacco, hits the smoker’s skin: ammonia, hydrocyanic acid, butane, nicotine, carbolic acid, formaldehyde, pyridine, arsenic, cadmium …
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Our largest organ – the skin, although it is located outside, feeds through the blood vessels from the inside of the body. The food that we consume is split down to the smallest parts, some of which are nutrients, and some are ballast, “wastes of production.” All this is delivered with a current of blood to the skin. Nutrients are used on site, and part of the “waste” is removed with sweat. In the same way, the skin receives oxygen as well – during normal breathing. But when tobacco smoke enters the lungs, the process of breathing and nourishing the skin is broken.
What happens to the skin while smoking?
When we inhale the smoke of cigarettes, carbon monoxide (carbon monoxide, CO) combines with hemoglobin in carboxyhemoglobin. The affinity of hemoglobin for CO is 200 times higher than in oxygen, as a result of which oxygen starvation (hypoxia) develops. Skin, like the largest organ, suffers from a lack of oxygen and a direct toxic effect of carbon monoxide in the first place.
But that is not all. The impact of the entire chemical cocktail, which is formed as a result of the combustion of tobacco, hits the skin: ammonia, hydrocyanic acid, butane, nicotine, carbolic acid, formaldehyde, pyridine, arsenic, cadmium – and this is not even half the list. The consequences are catastrophic – the skin loses its normal appearance, turns yellow, becomes dry and flaky. The more cigarettes a person smokes a day, the worse his skin looks.
Why does smoking cause skin aging?
In addition to direct damaging effects, there is also an indirect mechanism through which smoking causes premature aging of the skin: each cigarette neutralizes in the body 35 mg of vitamin C (ascorbic acid), which can not be produced inside our body and must come from the outside. One of the many functions of vitamin C is the protection of collagen, a substance that is responsible for the smoothness and elasticity of the skin. In the absence of ascorbic acid collagen is destroyed, which contributes to the premature formation of wrinkles, especially around the eyes and mouth.
The longer a person smokes, the less likely it is to reverse the degenerative processes in the skin and restore her firmness and healthy color. Regardless of whether or not there is an easy way to quit smoking, you need to throw cigarettes. Save your skin – give up cigarettes.
The editors thank the specialists of the AlkoMed medical center for their help in preparing the material.