Smoking Could Trigger Acne

Smoking may cause acne

Smoking is not only linked to many adverse health problems, such as cancer and cardiovascular disease, but is also associated with the development of acne, a new study suggests.

Researchers at the San Gallicano Dermatological Institute in Italy conducted on 1,000 women aged 25 to 50 years to determine whether smoking plays a role in the development of acne.

Their findings showed that 42 percent of smokers had acne, while among non-smokers only 10 percent of them had acne. This study also found that those who smoked and had acne as a teenager were four times more likely to develop acne than adult non-smokers, as reported from Livestrong.

Based on the findings, smoking can contribute to the non-inflammatory acne, including blackheads and closed comedones. Non-inflammatory acne usually occurs when pores become clogged or closed.

Smoking is known to constrict blood vessels and damages skin cells which is the first line of defense to protect the body. This condition can lead to clogging of skin pores causing pimples that led to the development of acne.

Apart from that, smoking can also produce free radicals that damage cells, leading to premature aging and wrinkles. Hence, if you want to prevent yourself from acne and keep your skin looking youthful, you may want to refuse from smoking or if you’re currently smoke, you may want to quit as soon as possible.