More Evidence: Smoking Ages Skin
A study published in the Archives of Dermatology is the latest in line to discourage smoking cigarettes. Researchers concluded that the effects of smoking impact skin all over the body, not just the face. People are often informed about the resulting tiny lines around lips that can form from the act of smoking itself. Previous studies have indicated that cigarette smoking prematurely ages skin, believed to be primarily a result of the constriction of blood vessels near the skin's surface. The latest study looked at skin that was not exposed to sunlight and found that even in those locations, smokers had more visible skin damage. The number of cigarettes smoked per day and the length of time someone smoked were correlated with the amount of skin damage.