Does Smoking Cause Acne?

Find out if your cigarettes are responsible for your acne

If you suffer from acne, you want to know what causes it. Acne is a condition where any number of things could be responsible for the unsightly and embarrassing pimples and bumps. Many times, it takes a lot of trial and error to find what causes it and to discover how to get rid of acne.

Researchers have recently discovered a new cause of acne - smoking. From studying statistics, researchers at San Gallicano Dermatological Institute in Rome found that only 10% of non-smokers have acne. But a whopping 42% of those who smoke suffer from acne.

Smoker's Acne

While smokers do tend to have more acne than non-smokers do, the acne they suffer with is different. Smokers usually have non-inflammatory acne. With this type of acne, sufferers have bumps, but they aren't red, inflamed, or painful.

These bumps are either hard-closed or soft-closed bumps. With soft-closed bumps, the trapped oil in the pimple stays soft. With hard-closed bumps, the whitehead is made of a mass of hard, dead cells instead of pus.

The researchers studied 1,000 women ages 25- to 50-years-old. From these 1,000 women, 76% of the women that had non-inflammatory acne were smokers. Of the women who were smokers, 91% of them had non-inflammatory acne.

Not all smokers develop this type of acne, but the study, published in the British Journal of Dermatology, shows that smoking causes a high rate of non-inflammatory acne. Women, who had acne during their teen years, were four times more likely to develop this type of acne than the other women were.

Why Does Smoking Cause Acne?

Researchers and doctors have known for a long time that smoking is bad for your skin. Smoking causes premature aging, wrinkles, and leathery skin. Scientists believe that smoking and exposing your skin to smoke causes impurities that block your pores and cause acne.

In the study mentioned above, women who had non-inflammatory acne but did not smoke were often exposed to smoke or steam in their workplace. The constant exposure to smoke or steam seems to be responsible for causing the breakouts.

If you have non-inflammatory acne and are a smoker, consider not smoking. Not only will your health improve, your complexion can return to normal and you'll be acne free. If you don't smoke and still have non-inflammatory acne, take note of your environment and avoid places that are often smoke-filled and may be causing your acne.

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