• How Smoking Ages Your Skin

    Smoking is the enemy of good skin health. When you smoke, the toll on your skin is extreme, and your complexion can look dull, dry, and older than your years. It can also contribute to the risk of developing skin cancer. Although your dermatologist can recommend skin care treatments to attempt to mitigate some of the damage done by smoking, you can’t completely prevent smoking from aging your skin.

    Smoking ages your skin in a number of different ways, thanks to the 4,000 chemicals that are in cigarettes. When you smoke, part of the oxygen in your blood is replaced by carbon monoxide, which starves your face of the nutrients it needs to stay healthy. This impact is compounded by the smoking can restrict the blood supply to the face. The chemicals in cigarettes can also break down the collagen and elastin in your skin, which can lead to skin that looks thin, sallow, and lined.

    If your skin makes you look older than you feel, ask your doctor for help quitting smoking and make an appointment at Swinyer-Woseth Dermatology. To talk to one of our dermatologists about anti-aging treatments , please call (801) 266-8841.

  • How Smoking Impacts Your Skin

    When asked about habits that are most harmful to the skin, many people would probably mention unprotected sun exposure. However, there is another major lifestyle risk: smoking. Dermatologists strongly recommend that their patients quit smoking or never start smoking not only because smoking causes cancer, but also because it prematurely ages the skin.

    To learn how smoking leads to premature skin aging, watch this candid interview. This expert explains that she can identify a smoker just by looking at the skin because the pores around the mouth and nose will be clogged with black tar. She also discusses some of the other troubling effects of smoking on the skin.

    For a personalized assessment of how smoking has already affected your skin, you can turn to a dermatologist in Salt Lake City. Contact Swinyer-Woseth Dermatology at (801) 266-8841 and ask us about our skin care services , including skin cancer screenings and laser hair removal treatments.