What vaping is doing to your skin

Hint: it’s nothing pretty
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What vaping is doing to your skin

Vaping has long been touted as a safer alternative to cigarettes, with many praising vapes for helping them kick their smoking habit. In the same breath, studies have debated the dangers of vaping compared to smoking, suggesting that it may not actually be healthier at all.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, vaping-related illnesses resulted in 39 deaths and 2000 lung injuries last year alone. But it’s not just your lungs that vaping can affect. Dermatologists have found that vaping can also have detrimental effects on your skin.

It contains skin-damaging toxins

Vaping introduces a number of chemicals into the body; formaldehyde, nicotine, propylene glycol, toluene, acetaldehyde and trace metals such as cadmium, nickel and lead, to name a few.

As the skin tends to act as reservoir for the body, much of these chemicals are deposited into it, impacting the skin’s normal functions. Skin is likely to become more sensitive and prone to infections the more you vape. Not only that, but you can also experience an increase in pigmentation; a loss of collagen and elastin; and risk abnormal cell division.

It accelerates the ageing process

Nicotine narrows blood vessels, which reduces oxygen supply to skin cells and causes the breakdown of collagen, the protein that keeps skin plump and firm. As a result, lines, textural irregularities, and puffiness start to develop and the skin begins to sag.

It worsens inflammatory skin conditions

Toxins inhaled while vaping damage the protective effect of the skin barrier and reduce oxygen supply, which slows wound healing. This can aggravate existing inflammatory skin conditions like acne, psoriasis and eczema.

It causes dryness

When nicotine comes into contact with skin, it causes dryness and flakiness. At best your skin looks lackluster and parched, at worse it can lead to itchy or painful flaking and even rashes.

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