Buckhead Office

3379 Peachtree Rd NE, Suite 500

Atlanta, GA 30326

Mon. - Fri.: 7:30 am - 4:30 pm

Roswell Office

11755 Pointe Place, Suite B-2

Roswell, GA 30076

Mon. - Fri.: 7:30 am - 4:30 pm

How Your Smoking Habit Wrecks Your Skin

You are probably well aware of the fact that smoking cigarettes is harmful to your health. However, just like your lungs and heart, your smoking habit can also compromise another important organ in your body – your skin! Smoking is known for causing premature aging within your skin, but it does far more than sabotage your looks. Each time you light up, you could also be increasing your risk for skin cancer as well as chronic skin conditions such as psoriasis and discoid lupus erythematosus.

Smoking and Your Looks

Burning cigarettes emits more than 7000 chemicals. It is no surprise that they cause a slow deterioration of your skin, a large and delicate body organ that is affected from the inside and out. Smoking decreases oxygen in the blood and constricts blood vessels, which limits your skin’s vital supply of nutrients. This can have a dramatic impact on the appearance and health of your skin.

Those who smoke may find that their skin has less elasticity and is plagued with tiny red lines from dilated blood vessels. Smokers are known for their “leathery” skin tone, which includes wrinkles and an aged texture. Your cigarette habit also affects the color of your skin, as most smokers have a grayish or orange glow. Did you know that smoking can cause premature skin aging more than sun exposure? The more you smoke, the more rapidly your skin ages. In fact, one study found that a smoker who uses more than 30 cigarettes per day would look like an 84-year old by the age of 70!

Smoking and Your Skin Health

If losing your youthful skin isn’t enough to make you quit, you should know that smoking has a dramatic impact on the health of your skin too. Those who smoke cigarettes are less protected from irritation and destruction, including those from environmental pollution and natural aging. Your skin is not only more easily damaged when it is dehydrated from nicotine, but it is also less able to heal itself from wounds and infections. In turn, smokers are considered more prone to blood clots, surgical failures, ulcers and wart-virus related cancers. By weakening the immune system, smoking also sets the stage for systemic skin disorders like psoriasis and others.

What You Can Do

If smoking has already damaged your skin, turn to the experts of Olansky Dermatology for help. We specialize in treating mild to severe skin conditions in patients of all ages. Not only do we have services to restore your skin health, but we also offer a variety of aesthetic skin care services to help you regain a youthful look. Most of all, it is important that you kick your smoking habit to avoid irreversible damage to your skin and body. Make your appointment with one of our physicians in Atlanta today!

Posted on behalf of Dr. Jodi E. Ganz, Olansky Dermatology Associates
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Olansky Dermatology Associates – Atlanta Dermatologist
3379 Peachtree Rd NE, Suite 500
Atlanta, GA 30326
Phone: (404) 355-5484
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Buckhead Office

3379 Peachtree Rd NE, Suite 500

Atlanta, GA 30326

Roswell Office

11755 Pointe Place, Suite B-2

Roswell, GA 30076

Our Happy Patients

4.7/ 5.0

Based on 229 reviews

Jenny S.

The doctors and PA’s are great and very knowledgeable. I never have to wait to long and the office staff is always very nice. I also take my son there and they are great with him as well. I would highly recommend Olansky Dermatology.

Kristen R.

Olansky Dermatology is wonderful! Our whole family goes. My daughter has had terrible eczema through the years and both my kids had mollescum too. They always make things better and spend time explaining whats wrong and how to fix it.

Mike D.

I recently had a couple appointments at Olanksy Dermatology and was seen by Julia Lee. Julie was excellent and quickly took care of the issue I was having with my skin. I would highly recommend Olansky Dermatology and especially Julia Lee to anyone in need of a dermatologist.

Tamima D.

My husband is a patient of PA Sharon Doering I appreciate all she did for my spouse. She’s very down to earth & made him feel comfortable. Sharon communicated in a way that he can understand.
Thank You

Lisa H.

I see the physician assistant Sharon Doering and she has drastically improved my skin! I highly recommend this practice and their brilliant thourough doctors. I finally have glowing skin!

Betty G.

I have had excellent experience at Olansky Dermatology. Dr Burger is meticulous and thorough and has a most pleasant and calm manner. I have every confidence in her and this office.

Cheyenne G.

Very kind and understanding people. Dr. Bellamy and her nurse took the time to listen to all my concerns and never made me feel rushed.

Kishan P.

I was actually running a bit late, but they were very friendly and knowledgeable about what was going on with my skin. And also very timely.I will definitely stick with them!

Khol S.

Very professional and pleasant staff. When I arrived at my appointment this afternoon I was informed that my doctor called out sick and they tried calling to let me know but I just recently changed my number so they were unable to reach me. The receptionist was so sweet and helpful. Instead of leaving and making a new appointment they fit me in without an issue and without any waiting.

Susan H.

Dr. Ilyas was highly recommended to me so I decided to change dermatologists. I am so glad as I am pleased with his expertise and his highly professional manner. I am also delighted with Emily Raville, Aesthetician. She does a wonderful job and I am recommending her to my friends as well. I am completely satisfied – can’t get any better than that!

Lindsay S.

I have been going to Olansky Dematology for many years now, whether for a specific problem, or just for a really great deep facial, and I wouldn’t consider going anywhere else. Every single staff member is knowledgeable and professional. The customer service I receive every visit leaves a positive and lasting impression. I always feel comfortable and at ease while I am there. Great staff!

Janet R.

I seem to live at this place! Whether it’s for an appointment with a doctor or for an aesthetic treatment, I am there frequently. I cannot say enough good things. Efficient, friendly, the best doctors, and a new aesthetic center with the latest in procedures and products to keep us looking almost as young as we feel. It’s always fun to see Emily and she knows just what to recommend.