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#1 sbjj0701

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Posted 22 January 2010 - 04:10 AM

I am not a chain smoker at all, but i do consider myself a social smoker. When i drink, I smoke, but I do not do it often. However, I am very curious; does smoking actually cause acne? Give me anything you've got...

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Posted 22 January 2010 - 04:29 AM

i am a smoker and i actually think it helps my acne, it like one when im stressed which is linked to acne, though it will give me wrinkles and cancer later on in life.

i'm qutting come feb 1st though, my dad has been coughing a lot so we both decided we would quit, if i notice any change i'll be sure to report (assuming my will power prevails over my beloved cancer sticks)

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Posted 24 January 2010 - 12:57 PM

I quit smoking about 3 months ago and I havent seen any changes in my skin =/

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Posted 24 January 2010 - 02:01 PM

I quit smoking about 2 months ago and I haven't really seen a change in my skin either. I think long term, it is undeniably better for your skin to stop smoking. In the short term though, really haven't seen any significant changes. As for the stress, I use Electric Cigarettes now and they definitely do the trick.

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Posted 24 January 2010 - 04:45 PM

Smoking DOES affect acne
this was in cosmo the other week

"According to Dr Mark Goodfield of the British Association of Dermatologists "Forty two per cent of women who smoke have acne, compared to ten per cent of non smokers"



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Posted 24 January 2010 - 05:49 PM

QUOTE (majormiles @ Jan 24 2010, 04:45 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Smoking DOES affect acne
this was in cosmo the other week

"According to Dr Mark Goodfield of the British Association of Dermatologists "Forty two per cent of women who smoke have acne, compared to ten per cent of non smokers"




Yeah no crap smoking affects acne..but it's just a correlation. There are smokers with acne free skin and there are non-smokers with severe acne. Thus, it's simply a correlation.

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Posted 24 January 2010 - 05:56 PM

Smoking does not *cause* acne; however, smoking affects the skin in that the chemical components cause blood vessels (including the small ones in facial skin) to constrict which inhibits normal blood flow to the area. So you'd expect the development of wrinkles over time or delayed/decreased healing.

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Posted 24 January 2010 - 06:02 PM

QUOTE (Cecelia @ Jan 24 2010, 05:56 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Smoking does not *cause* acne; however, smoking affects the skin in that the chemical components cause blood vessels (including the small ones in facial skin) to constrict which inhibits normal blood flow to the area. So you'd expect the development of wrinkles over time or delayed/decreased healing.




Oh yeah, how could I forget about that. The #1 reason to quit smoking if you are an acne sufferer is the delay in the healing process. Especially if you are a skin picker eusa_doh.gif.

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Posted 22 August 2011 - 10:46 PM

You have to keep in mind that the studies liking smoking and acne specifically state that they didn't take other variables into account (hormones, stress, diet, etc.). That being said, I started smoking, as a last resort.

My moderate-severe acne plunged me into a deep depression and hyper-anxiety. Eventually stress ran through my system through most of the day, every day :/

I'm 19 and smoking was my only method to relieve stress. Within the three weeks of smoking, my stress levels have significantly decreased, and in return, I have far fewer acne, and seems to be improving as we speak tongue.gif

- I do not take any oral or topical medications of any kind.
- I take a probiotic 3 times a day
- Constant supply of water
- No wheat
- No Dairy
- No junk food
- Avoidance of antibiotics

In conclusion, I believe that stress, hormones and diet have had to be the acne causing factors in the studies "in my opinion."

P.S. I really think probiotics help
1. Intestinal bacteria is needed in your body, and has been linked with other inflammatory conditions)
2. antibacterial medications can impair your immune system

PPS. I don't know if it's just me, but I haven't been sick for over a year, not even a cold :3

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Posted 16 June 2013 - 08:43 PM

I just wanted to leave a reply to let people know - YES, smoking does aggravate and/or cause hormonal acne!  Here is my testimony below:
 
I am a 29 year old woman, and my entire life, up until 4 years ago, I had perfectly clear skin to the point where I didn't need to wear any sort of foundation.  Then, during these last four years, I struggled with severe cystic acne that was extremely painful, hideous, embarrassing, and stressful.  I am an actress and a model, so you can imagine how important a clear complexion is to me and how it can affect my career.  Not even the best makeup artists could conceal the enormous sub-dermal zits that were erupting all over my chin, cheeks, and jawline - not to mention all the scars that were left behind from previous eruptions.  I saw my dermatologist multiple times, and each time he would prescribe me something new to try because the last prescription we tried wasn't working.  Cream after cream, gel after gel, face wash after face wash, pill after pill... nothing was working.  It finally came to the point where Accutane was my only remaining option.  For an uninsured patient like me, Accutane can cost upwards of $5000 - and I don't have that kind of money (most people don't).  
 
Feeling defeated, I felt like there was no hope left for me - no possible chance that I would ever have a clear complexion again.  Then a little over a month ago, I finally got up the courage and strength to quit smoking.  During the first couple of weeks after quitting, my face erupted with acne worse than ever before.  I almost gave up and went back to smoking, thinking it was actually helping suppress the severity of the breakouts.  But then after researching what your body goes through after quitting, I realized that the severe breakout could entirely be related to the detoxification process that my body was going through.  I am SO glad I waited it out...  It has been exactly 5 weeks since I quit smoking, and as of today, my face is virtually 100% clear - with the exception of the leftover scars.  Not a single new zit on my face!  After noticing this, I did the math - I had perfectly clear skin until 4 years ago, and 4 years ago was when I started smoking.  It all makes perfect sense.  Funny thing is, I asked my dermatologist if smoking cigarettes could be causing or contributing to my acne - and he said NO, that smoking would cause wrinkles, but shouldn't have any affect on acne.  I will be giving him a call to tell him my testimony, so that he can advise current and future patients who suffer from acne that are smokers to quit!
 
Now I just have to work on these scars... but at least no more new ones will be forming anytime soon, because I have no intention of picking up cigarettes ever again!
 
I hope you found my story helpful.  Thanks for reading, and good luck - if you're a smoker suffering from acne, QUIT NOW!  The quitting struggle is difficult at first, but it's entirely worth it in the end to have clear skin - and not to mention confidence - again!
 
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Edited by nyxathena, 16 June 2013 - 08:45 PM.


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Posted 17 June 2013 - 01:52 PM

It doesn't cause acne, but it doesn't help it either. I smoke and my acne doesn't change whether I quit or not.

For some people it would probably help to quit though.

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Posted 18 June 2013 - 03:26 PM

While smoking may not necessarily cause acne for some people (probably due to the fact that cigarettes relieve stress for some), it definitely negatively affects acne for most people, primarily because smoking causes free radical formation, oxidative stress, and inflammation at a cellular level, all underlying root causes of acne. Nicotine and other components also act as vasoconstrictors, which inhibit blood flow, thus the blood cannot efficiently transport nutrients throughout the body and to the skin. Furthermore, smoking also seems to cause a decrease in a-tocopherol concentration in sebum, the primary antioxidant in sebum. Aside from a relation to acne, the oxidative stress caused by smoking also promotes aging and is not good for your skin's health, or your overall health obviously. Generally speaking, anything that puts a strain on your immune system is not going to be good for your acne, since your body won't be able to fight off disease, of which acne is one.

 

Keep in mind that different things affect different people in different ways, which is why some anecdotal evidence will suggest smoking does not cause acne, while others will claim it does.



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Posted 23 June 2013 - 06:26 PM

Some of the other reasons that smoking may cause acne is because smoking plays havoc on your hormonal system, and a balanced hormonal system is important for a healthy body. Smoke also causes your pores to secrete excess sebum (skin oil), leading to more clogged pores.






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