WHAT IS SMOKING?
Smoking is a process that involves inhaling and exhaling fumes from burring plant materials. Examples of substances people smoke includes tobacco, cannabis, opium, cigarettes etc.
WHY DO PEOPLE SMOKE?
- Some smoke because their parent’s smoke or people around them like their friend’s smoke.
- Movies where people smoke and make it seem cool, is another big influence to smokers.
- The e cigarette makes smoking seem harmless, and more accessible.
- Stress relief, some people smoke because they feel like it helps them relieve stress.
- Some others smoke because they feel like it helps them with their depression problems.
- Schizophrenia is another reason why people smoke, people who are schizophrenic will likely smoke.
EFFECTS OF SMOKING ON THE SKIN
- SMOKING CAN LEAD TO SAGGY SKIN
Some of the substances in what people smoke lead to the destruction of the fibers in the body elastin and collagen that are in charge of strengthening the skin, there by leading to saggy skin.
- DAMAGED TEETH AND GUM
Smoking causes a lack of oxygen in the bloodstream, so the infected gums don’t heal. People who smoke tend to have more tartar on their teeth than nonsmokers. The nicotine in tobacco reduces saliva production, making it easier for tarter and bacteria to build up in the mouth.
- STAINED FINGERS
Nicotine is the only cause of stained fingers in smokers. The stains are referred to nicotine stains. Nicotine is found in cigarettes.
- HAIR LOSS
Smoking leads to the loss of hair by destroying the hair follicles. Smoking may also cause oxidative stress and reduced blood flow to your hair follicles that may contribute to hair loss.
Heavy smokers are likely to come down with cataract. Cataract is a clouding of the eye’s naturally clear lens.
Psoriasis is a chronic inflammatory skin condition that produces itchy and scaly patches. In dark skin tones, psoriasis may appear violet or dark brown with gray scales. In light skin tones, it may appear red or pink with silvery scales.
- SKIN CANCER
Cigarettes contain a cancer-causing agent called carcinogens, which may lead to Squamous cell carcinoma. It might look like rough or scaly patches, raised lumps, open sores, or wart-like growths on your skin. The growths may be brown in dark skin tones or red in light skin tones.
HOW CAN I QUIT SMOKING
- Avoid you smoking triggers
- Do not fall for the temptation of taking just one, it never works.
- Find something like a hard candy to chew on, when the craving starts.
- Exercise yourself for distractions
- Practice relaxations techniques
- Get a support group
- Never forget the benefits
- Use the delay technique: it involves you telling yourself to wait 10 minutes more, while finding something to distract yourself, when you have a strong desire to smoke.
- Try nicotine replacement therapy
SOLUTIONS TO SKIN PROBLEMS CAUSED BY SMOKING
- The first step is to quit smoking completely,
- Eat healthy meals
- Take vitamins
- Hydrate always
- Use sunscreen
- Moisturise your body
- Use anti ageing products
- Use Chemical Peels
- Use Lip Fillers
- Laser Resurfacing