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The Effects of Smoking and Vaping on Skin and Hair Ageing


Optimising Summer Skin Care with Expert Advice from Dr. Thuva Amuthan

The Effects of Smoking and Vaping on Skin and Hair Ageing

The increasing prevalence of vaping, particularly among the youth, alongside traditional smoking, poses significant risks not only to general health but also to dermatological health. At Dr. Derme Clinic, GP and dermatology doctor Dr. Thuva Amuthan delves into how both smoking and vaping contribute to premature skin ageing, affecting the appearance and health of skin and hair. For more detailed insights, refer to the original Mirror article.

Smoking and Vaping: Accelerators of Dermatological Ageing

Though vaping is perceived as a safer alternative to smoking, both habits introduce substances detrimental to skin and hair health. “E-cigarettes produce fewer harmful chemicals than traditional cigarettes, but the aerosol may still contain potentially harmful substances such as ultrafine particles, volatile organic compounds, and heavy metals,” explains Dr. Amuthan. These components can exacerbate skin ageing, leading to increased wrinkle formation, skin laxity, and overall dullness.

The immediate impact on the skin from smoking or vaping includes the constriction of blood vessels, which reduces blood flow and deprives the skin of essential nutrients and oxygen. “Smoking restricts blood flow to the skin, delaying wound healing and increasing the risk of scarring,” notes Dr. Amuthan. This reduced blood flow also contributes to a lacklustre complexion and promotes the development of wrinkles and skin sagging.

Long-Term Effects on Skin and Hair

Over time, the continuous exposure to the toxins found in cigarettes and vape aerosols can lead to chronic skin conditions and irreversible damage. Dr. Amuthan points out, “For vapers, the short-term alterations in cardiovascular function and lung physiology are concerning, while long-term effects could potentially include chronic lung damage.” Such changes not only affect lung health but also impair the skin’s ability to regenerate, leading to persistent issues like increased dryness, reduced elasticity, and a greater propensity for ageing.

Furthermore, the chemicals involved can have a deleterious effect on hair health, leading to thinning, loss, and premature greying, compounding the aesthetic effects of ageing.

For those concerned about the dermatological impacts of smoking or vaping, Dr. Derme Clinic offers a range of treatments designed to rejuvenate skin and improve overall dermatological health. To explore treatment options or to learn more about the effects of smoking and vaping on your skin and hair, visit Dr. Derme Clinic. Dr. Thuva Amuthan and our team are dedicated to helping you achieve your aesthetic goals and maintain healthy, youthful skin and hair.

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For expert advice on managing the dermatological effects of smoking or to explore our aesthetic and minor surgery services, visit Dr. Derme Clinic. Dr. Thuva Amuthan and our team are committed to enhancing your skin’s health and helping you achieve your aesthetic goals. For more details and to book a consultation, please visit our website at



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