Here’s an interesting article about smoking and acne. I had always suspected that cigarette smoking could cause acne. I know it adversely affects the skin’s texture for sure!
(TeleManagement) German researchers from Technical University of Munich, report the results of a study which found that smoking is a clinically important contributory factor to acne prevalence and severity.
Subjects were 896 Hamburg residents aged between one and 87 years. Participants were examined to determine the severity and prevalence of acne. Information on social class, medical history, cigarette use and alcohol consumption, and age at onset of acne, was obtained by interview.
The study showed :
- Acne was present in 26.8% of subjects, and those aged between 14 and 29 years were most likely to have it
- Acne was more common in men (29.9%) than women (23.7%), but there was no difference in severity between the sexes
- The reported age at onset peaked between age 12 and 15 years and was lower in women (median 13 years) than men (median 14 years)
- Prevalence of acne was significantly higher in active smokers (40.8%) as compared with ex-smokers (23.5%), or those who had never smoked (25.2%)
- A dose-dependent relationship was observed between acne and daily cigarette use, with 44% of those who smoked more than 20 cigarettes a day having acne
- No association was found between alcohol consumption and acne.
Discussing their findings, the researchers commented, ‘It seems justified to consider smoking a risk factor for acne and that one might bear it in mind when dealing with acne patients, and include this in prevention strategies.’
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