The skin ages snuff leading to loss of skin elasticity and the appearance of wrinkles. This premature aging is due to the action of free radicals contained in the smoke snuff, responsible for the oxidation of skin cells. The snuff induces the production of free radicals, that favor aging and in turn, produces a decrease in vitamin A, responsible for protecting the skin of such molecules.

Premature aging of the snuff is most evident in the face. Wrinkles of smokers are narrower, deep or very definite. The skin is the first organ to show the positive effects of the abandonment of snuff.

It is known as "smoker's face" the person making skin rough and somewhat grayish, his face left exposed bony prominences (especially the cheekbones). The lips and eyes are surrounded by fine wrinkles, deep and shallow lines on the cheeks and jaw. The harmful effects of snuff not only affect the dermis. The scalp loses luminosity and becomes brittle, increases its porosity and acquires a very distinctive smell of cigarettes. The nail will weaken, are more fragile and lose luster. Alterations in oral aesthetics (increased plaque, increased risk of gingivitis, mucous membrane and gums, yellowing of teeth).

All these changes caused by snuff smoke usually occur from the 35 years and are directly proportional to the degree of consumption. Cigarette smoke also affects wound healing, causes acne, and skin cancer.

Fortunately, unlike what happens with the damage caused by ultraviolet rays, most of the effects of snuff on the skin are reversible. This requires quit smoking and take symptomatic treatment.

To retrieve skin creams are used estrogens and retinoic acid and glycolic, that accelerates skin peeling, and perform peels, with which it is possible to eliminate dead cells and accelerate regeneration of the skin. It is also convenient to consume supplements that help fight free radicals, such as vitamins A and E, zinc y selenio.

These treatments are accompanied by other recommendations, as avoiding sun exposure or alcohol. Although improvement noted almost immediately begins, the skin does not heal completely until three or four years after quitting.

Pull. Mariela Alvarez

Area of ​​Dermatology

La Posada del Qenti, Medical Spa & Resort.

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