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Skin changes after quitting smoking

Updated April 17, 2017

A pointer for the battle of the sexes is that when it comes to smoking cigarettes, women have a worse ageing effect in comparison to men. Even so, both men and women who smoke suffer with rapid ageing effects, and this is revealed internally as well as on the skin's surface. As smoking has a rapid ageing effect, so stopping smoking has an anti-ageing effect.

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Nicotine in Blood Affects Skin

The positive skin changes that occur once you give up smoking can be greatly noticed. The changes begin to occur in the blood flow to components of the skin within the human body. As soon as you stop smoking, the blood flow in your body begins to increase, allowing tiny capillaries with nutrients and oxygen that nourish the skin to increase their supplies going into the skin or epidermis.


Once you give up smoking, you not only feel better about your health but you also begin to feel happier with your new appearance, as the skin on your face begins to change. Complexion improves from pale to healthy with colour, within weeks from when you quit smoking. Pores on your face begin to become less blocked and cleaner within days, allowing some of the previously enlarged pores to reduce in size.


To help improve your skin changes after quitting smoking, over-the-counter multivitamins, especially made and packaged for smokers and ex-smokers, are available in many pharmacies These multivitamins include vitamin C and zinc, which help toward a healthier facial appearance. Vitamin E facial scrubs, creams, masks and ointments also aid healthier skin and its appearance, once you quit smoking.


Body odour can be quite intoxicating in a bad way when it is secreted by a smoker through open pores of the skin, and it can take a lot of showers and expensive colognes to smell quite nice, when you smoke. An individual who has quit smoking or is thinking about quitting smoking will be happy to experience not only a change in the way he smell scents but also hear how others approve of the new natural aroma.

Firm Again

When someone smokes cigarettes her skin's elasticity becomes dried out and wrinkles form much quicker, as the skin begins to receive fewer nutrients that it needs. As the blood circulation increases after giving up smoking, so does the underlying face's muscle mass. This can lessen the signs of wrinkles in some individuals, depending on their age and the amount of years they have been smoking, as well as their dietary habits.

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About the Author

Based in Spain, Jennifer Burdett has been writing alternative medicine and health-related articles since 2007. Her work has appeared in "Inland Magazine" and in newspapers such as “Euro Weekly,” “Round Town News” and the “Sol Times.” Burdett received the Holistic Back Practitioner Asset Award in 2008 and qualified as a holistic back practitioner at StoneBridge College, U.K.

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