How Smoking Affects Your Skin

Smoking has many negative and damaging effects on your health, body and mind, but it also causes cosmetic changes to the skin. “Smoker’s skin” often refers to wrinkled and weathered skin caused by the toxins in cigarette smoke which damage the elastin and natural collagen which keeps your skin firm. Smoking essentially accelerates ageing causing damage to the way you look and feel. Here are some of the ways in which smoking effects the skin.

Premature Ageing

Lines, wrinkles, sagging skin and crow’s feet all occur naturally with age, but they also appear prematurely in smokers. Damaged collagen is the leading factor of ageing skin as skin is left devoid of its necessary nutrients and oxygen. Smoking accelerates this process because of the chemicals found in cigarette smoke, causing prolonged destruction to collagen and elastin.

Skin Cancer

We all know of the risk of lung cancer, but smoking also increases your chances of developing skin cancer by upwards of 52%. This particular skin cancer known as squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) is thought to be caused by a lowered immune system due to toxins and chemicals in cigarette smoke. Furthermore, the effects of UV light are suspected to be increased with smoking. You can avoid many of these dangerous toxins with smokeless products like the ones on SnusDirect.

Skin Conditions

The itchy and patchy psoriasis skin condition is often found in people experiencing high levels of stress, depression and sleeplessness, but is also caused by smoking and nicotine. This is because of nicotine directly affecting your immune system, causing inflammation of the skin and slowing cell growth. Other skin conditions effectuated by smoking include acne and vasculitis, both of which involve inflammation of the skin caused by chemicals and toxins.


Smoking can effect your skin tone by cutting off oxygen to your skin cells. Smokers frequently have an uneven variation in skin colour which tends to be either grey or orange in tone. This is mostly due to the negative chemicals found in cigarette smoke. Furthermore, tar stains caused by nicotine produce a yellowing of the skin — as well as your teeth and lips — which is often impossible to remove as it builds up over time.