Smoking women get more acne!

Women who smoke have been found to be four times more likely to get acne than their non-smoking counterparts. In a study conducted on 1000 women between the ages of 25 and 50, 42% of smokers were found to have acne compared with only 10% of the non-smokers in the group.

This ‘smokers’ acne’ is characterised by blocked pores and large blackheads but less inflamed spots than normal acne.

Smokers who had suffered from acne in their teens were found to be 4 times more likely to suffer from this smoker’s acne.

Dr Bruno Capitanio, one of the study’s authors, said:

“Our study demonstrates that NIA affects a high percentage of women, and is especially high among smokers. Recognizing this form of acne is fundamental to providing correct information about the effects of tobacco on the skin.

Dr Colin Holden, President of the British Association of Dermatologists, said:

Dermatologists have long associated smoking with premature ageing of the skin, wrinkles and a leathery complexion.

However, scientists are now increasingly linking the habit with acne. For people who suffered acne as teenagers, the probability of also suffering acne in adulthood is four times higher in smokers than non-smokers. This suggests that smoking could be a major contributing factor for adult acne if you are already predisposed to the disorder.

This study also shows an interesting link between a specific type of acne and smoking. All of these findings will hopefully provide people with an extra incentive to quit.

About 70 per cent of smokers say that they want to stop smoking, but most believe they are unable to. However, around half of all smokers eventually manage to give up.