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Does smoking cigarettes cause acne?


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March 11, 2014 4:01PM

If you have acne, and you happen to be a smoker, stop smoking. That is the best advice I can give to anyone who is a smoker with acne. Research has shown the connection between smoking and acne. About 40% of the women who are also smokers have adult acne. If you suffered from teenage acne, and if you are also a smoker, you stand 4 times the risk for the acne to revisit you compared to non smokers.

Smoking does have damaging effects on the skin and the tobacco that you smoke deteriorates the skin tissue and can cause serious acne breakouts.

With each cigarette you smoke, there are over 4000 chemicals and most of these chemicals do have a major and negative impact on the body's immune system and hormonal system. If you have been researching information on the Internet on acne, you may know that a good immune system and regulated hormone system are vital to improve acne condition. Smoking deteriorates both the immune system and hormone system which may explain why smoking aggravates or causes acne.

With each puff you suck in too, you stand a risk of having your pores blocked more easily. With a clogged pore, there is a chance for the acne causing bacterias to infect your skin and cause acne. With over 4000 chemical elements in a cigarette, your body also suffers from the toxins contained in each puff.

There are other reasons that may explain why smoking causes or aggravates acne, which include:

  • Smoking makes the hormone system of your body go chaotic.
  • Smoking causes excessive sebum secretion by the skin and increase the chance of clogging your pores.
  • Each puff you take in poisons your liver, kidney, skin and other organs that are essential parts to detoxify your body.

If you are a smoker and have acne, I would advise you to quit smoking first. Then concentrate on removing all the toxins in your body and improve your immune system and hormonal system. Only after you quit smoking, the effectiveness of any treatment will show. And only by then can you follow any advice on treating acne.