Smoking And Its Effects On Skin & Hair

Here’s some bad news for smokers who don’t want their skin to age. The more cigarettes you smoke, the more wrinkles you will have!  Though early  skin damage may go unnoticed, smoking is considered as one of the leading causes of speeding up the normal ageing process of your skin, uneven skin tone and alarming health concerns, Also, apart from age, smoking is the strongest predictor of facial wrinkling in men and women.

The Aftermath Of Smoking

The processes by which smoking causes hair loss are multifactorial and are probably related to the effects of cigarette smoke on the microvasculature of the dermal hair papilla, smoke genotoxicants causing DNA damage to our hair follicles and smoke-induced imbalance in the follicular protease/antiprotease systems, all of which control tissue remodelling during the hair growth cycle.

Moreover, the pro-oxidant effects of smoking lead to a release of pro-inflammatory cytokines, resulting in follicular micro-inflammation , fibrosis and finally increased hydroxylation of estradiol (estrogen) as well as inhibition of the enzyme aromatase, creating a relative hypo-oestrogenic state, which accelerates ageing of the skin.


According to epidemiological studies, scientists assumed cigarette smoke accelerated hair loss and premature greying, The association was attributed mainly to toxins in smoke that cam harm hair follicles and damage hormones.

The Depth Of Damage

Toxic and harmful chemicals in cigarettes can damage your  DNA, ecology and your hair growth cycle, making it harder

To cure hair loss. Reports also state that tobacco smoke causes oxidative stress that damages the growth of stem cells in hair follicles as nicotine hinders blood circulation in the scalp. E-cigarettes, in particular can damage epidermal cells, therefore, smoking cessation halts accelerated hair loss and may also slow greying.

Though giving up smoking may not be able to reverse wrinkling entirely. It will keep you from ageing prematurely, especially in the crow’s feet area under and around your eyes, Besides, When you quit smoking, your hair will look thicker, fuller and lustrous. It will also lose that ashtray scent that even the best shampoo has a tough time covering up. Just within a month, you can even look forward to enhanced skin colour.