Smoking & Skin - How Quitting Can Benefit Your Skin.

24 March Ayesha Farhad 9 Comments

Skincare is literally the BIGGEST industry in the world. Both men and women spend thousands of dollars on skincare. To reduce wrinkles, to reduce redness, spots, clear skin, moisturised skin and what not. But if you are a smoker, you know how bad your skin is effected because of smoking.
If you are planning to quit smoking, you are in for a treat with numerous benefits to your skin. Smoking is the main cause of premature aging of your skin, skin cancer, and psoriasis. Anyone smoking for some time may think that it is too late to save their skin. But this is not true because the skin is a living organ that renews itself throughout our lifetime. Quitting smoking or switching to e-cigaerettes where you get the nicotine from eliquid, can improve the condition of your skin and prevent further damage to it.

Skin Cancer

Smoking contributes to many types of cancer including skin cancer. In fact, the Journal of Clinical Oncology reports that smoking is considered a high-risk factor for squamous cell skin cancer, especially pipes and cigarettes. The researchers identified 966 patients suffering from skin cancer (from January 1991 to December 1997) and 161 of these people were suffering from squamous cell carcinoma. When the age, gender, and sun exposure of each patient were evaluated, the researchers found an increased risk of squamous cell carcinoma among the people who were current or former smokers. On the other hand, patients who had already stopped smoking had a lower risk than the current smokers.


This is an inflammatory skin condition which results in red, itchy and scaly skin patches. The American Journal of Medicine reported in 2007 that smokers had an increased risk of psoriasis compared to non-smokers and former smokers. Among the patients who had already stopped smoking, the risk dropped with each passing decade since the cessation of smoking.


Although wrinkles are considered an inevitable part of smoking, quitting smoking has shown to decrease in its severity as one age. Researchers at the University Of California found that the skin of current smokers would wrinkle more severely compared to non-smokers and former smokers. The study was conducted using Caucasian men and women between the ages of 30-70 years. The wrinkles didn't become evident until these people reached the age of 40. At that point, the skin of people who were already smoking got more severe wrinkles compared to the non-smokers and former smokers. Females got more severe wrinkles than their male counterparts. The females who had stopped smoking had an increased risk of severe wrinkles compared to females who had never smoked. But this risk was much lower compared to females who currently smoked.

Skin Colour

Quitting smoking will improve the color of one's skin. A study conducted by the Public Health Centre in South Korea measured the skin color changes in thirty-four males who had quit smoking at the beginning of the said study. The researchers were able to measure melanin and redness at random sites on these men's faces and abdomens. The study was conducted for a one month period and the results were published in the Korean Journal Of Family Medicine. The report stated that melanin and redness were quite minimal. This proves that quitting smoking can quickly improve the appearance of your skin.

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  1. You have just reminded me why I gave up smoking years ago - I don't even think about it now! I feel so much better for giving up!

  2. This is one reason I'm so glad I never started smoking. There are so many more reasons to quit. Great Post.

  3. I don't smoke which is why I think I have quite good skin for my age. Really good post!

  4. I am so glad I have never started! It is just bad news, inside and out. Thanks for reminding me never to start!!!

    Thanks for sharing!

    Leigh at Fashion Du Jour LDN x

  5. I'm so glad I didn't start smoking properly - I was just a silly teenager that thought it looked cool at the time. Then I quicky grew up and realised how ridiculous that was. Good thing really!

  6. I have never really smoked - thankfully! But this is good advice for anyone who thinks of starting! x

  7. I hate smoking and thankfully after trying it once, I never liked it or picked up the habit! I'm always encouraging my mum to give up

  8. I had a friend when I was a teenager who suffered terribly with psoriasis, it was so painful for her and I wouldn't wish it on anyone. I had no idea that smoking can increase your risk of that. x

  9. I don't smoke but I can imagine it can effect your skin in a bad way xo