Last Reviewed on March 9, 2021 by Alice Pien, MD & Asher Milgrom, PhD
Thinking twice before puckering up for another cigarette is an important place to start in order to keep your lips from turning black and those horrible wrinkles called smokers lines from forming and deepening around your mouth.
Smoking causes more than just lung cancer, heart disease and emphysema, it has an atrocious affect on your outer beauty wreaking havoc on your lips (causing your lips to turn black) and skin (commonly called smokers lines)!
What Causes Those Smokers Lines
Smokers end up with deep wrinkles around their lips for a number of reasons, one being that they pucker their mouth every time they light up and puff on a cigarette.
The constant contractions of the muscles around the area of the mouth cause deep wrinkles to develop, greatly affecting the appearance of the skin.
Years of smoking can take an incredible toll on our faces causing smokers skin. Smokers skin often leads to a dulled appearance, dermal atrophy and loss of elasticity. This results in coarse wrinkles around the lips and eyes, which are stigma of not only smoking but are the cause of premature aging as well.
It’s Also the Ingredients that Cause Those Smokers Lines
Cigarettes are harmful to our health and our skin because they contain carbon monoxide and poisonous gases such as ammonia, pyridine, parvoline, butane, nicotine, arsenic, carbolic acid, formaldehyde, prussic acid, and cadmium. All of these harmful toxins are not only tough on our health; they also block the body’s natural absorption of Vitamin C – an essential vitamin for our skin.
Vitamin C is considered to be an unstable vitamin as it cannot be produced by the body and must be absorbed. Vitamin C is essential for the synthesis of collagen, which helps the skin in generating new healthy cells giving the skin its youthful look.
As soon as free radicals and toxins within our environment have damaged collagen, or there is not enough Vitamin C being absorbed to help restore its function, premature aging and wrinkles will appear. You can usually find sunken dark circles around the eyes of a chain smoker, because smoking damages the vital cells of our skin making it dull, dry, and full of wrinkles.
The Side Effects of Smoking on Your Skin and Lips
Reduces blood flow to the skin
- Causes the skin to look dry and sallow
- Encourages wrinkles to develop around the mouth “smokers lines” and “crow’s feet” around the eyes
- Stains the skin and teeth
- Causes the stale tobacco smell on your breath, skin and clothing
- Causes the premature skin aging and wrinkling
- Delays wound healing
- Pale complexion due to nicotine constricting blood vessels
- Thinned, sagging wrinkled skin due to loss of collagen from free radical damage
Laser Treatment for Smokers Lines
With advanced holistic laser technology, dermal fillers and other revolutionary aesthetic laser therapies, AMA Regenerative Medicine & Skincare has the tools to help restore the life and youth to your skin naturally once you have made the decision to wean yourself off of smoking.
It is important to remember that the appearance of our skin on the outside is a direct reflection of the health of our bodies from the inside.
About the Authors
Doctors Alice Pien, MD and Asher Milgrom, Phd are established pioneers in the fields of Regenerative Medicine and Skincare. Their expertise ranges from advanced laser systems to HCT/P – Stem Cell medicine. Their medical education and advanced certifications span from medical schools of NY State University, the University of Chicago, to Johns Hopkins, Harvard and UCLA. They approach medicine with the clinical expertise of over 85,000 successful treatments over the past 20 years and significant scientific research resulting in proprietary protocols that they customize for each individual patient.