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The Real Impact of Smoking and Vaping on Your Skin

Updated: Jun 26

effects of smoking or vaping on the skin

When it comes to smoking and vaping, the effects on your skin are profound and multifaceted.

Let's dive into exactly what happens to your skin when you smoke or vape and how it can transform if you decide to quit.

How Smoking and Vaping Harm Your Skin

Premature Aging: Both smoking and vaping speed up the aging process. The chemicals in tobacco smoke and e-cigarette vapor, particularly nicotine, limit blood flow, starving your skin cells of oxygen and essential nutrients. This lack of nourishment breaks down collagen and elastin, the proteins that keep your skin firm and youthful, leading to wrinkles and sagging skin.

Dullness and Discoloration: Smoking and vaping reduce the oxygen supply to your skin, causing it to lose its healthy glow and develop an uneven tone.

Slower Healing: Nicotine constricts your blood vessels, slowing down the healing process for any cuts, scrapes, or surgical wounds. This means if you’re a smoker or vaper, your skin takes longer to recover from damage and makes it more prone to infection and scarring.

Increased Skin Conditions: Smoking and vaping can make conditions like dermatitis, rosacea, psoriasis and eczema worse. The carcinogens in tobacco smoke also raise the risk of skin cancers, including squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma.

Dryness: Both habits strip your skin of essential nutrients and moisture, leading to dryness and increased sensitivity. This can make your skin feel rough and look flaky.

Acne: Smoking and vaping increase oxidative stress and reduce blood flow, clogging pores and triggering breakouts. The chemicals in e-liquids can dry out your skin and boost oil production, exacerbating acne.

Pigmentation: Smoking and vaping can lead to hyperpigmentation, where certain areas of your skin become darker due to damage caused by free radicals and reduced blood flow. Dehydration and oxidative stress from e-cigarettes can also cause uneven skin tone and dark spots.

Effectiveness of Skincare & Treatments: Smoking and vaping impair your skin's ability to absorb skincare products effectively. The reduced blood flow and nutrient supply mean your skin can't fully benefit from even the most high-quality skincare routines. The damaged skin barrier and inflammation make it harder for active ingredients to penetrate and work effectively. This can also undermine the effectiveness of professional skin treatments by reducing their efficacy, slowing healing, increasing the risk of side effects, and resulting in less dramatic and shorter-lasting improvements.

How Your Skin Transforms After Quitting

Quitting smoking and vaping isn’t just about being healthier and feeling better—it’s about looking better too. Your skin will thank you with a clearer, more youthful, and evenly toned complexion. If you’re ready to make a change, the benefits are more than skin-deep.

Your skin has an amazing ability to heal, and here’s what you can expect:

  • 2-3 Days: Skin colour begins to return, and improvement in overall tone is noticeable.

  • 1 Week: Increases in oxygen and antioxidant levels make the complexion appear more vibrant.

  • 1 Month: Circulation improves significantly, restoring nutrients and oxygen to the skin, boosting cell turnover, and providing a healthy glow.

  • 6 Months: Many people begin to see a reduction in fine lines, wrinkles, and dark spots/pigmentation, especially if they follow a healthy lifestyle and sound skincare regimen.

  • 1 Year: Most of the skin’s natural recovery is complete. However, some damage, such as deep wrinkles or significant pigmentation changes, might be irreversible depending on how long and intensely one has smoked or vaped. Additional professional treatments may be needed to address persistent issues.

We're Here to Help - Let's turn around the Effects this habit made on your Skin

At SANA Skin Clinic, we are a holistic skin clinic with a team of skin experts dedicated to helping our clients achieve profound changes that extend beyond the skin, enhancing your overall quality of life. Through holistic care, we transform lives by combining advanced topical solutions, naturopathic internal health, and energetic work. Our unique approach goes beyond skin deep, fostering lasting confidence, health, and well-being. Reach out to us; we are here to help you on your journey to better skin and a healthier life.


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