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How Does Smoking Affect Your Lips
Smoking affects "lip lines" in two ways:
1. The repetitive movement around the lips as a result of puckering repetitvely can lead to vertical lines around the mouth.
2. More importantly, smoking can lead to elastic fiber and collagen degeneration in the skin, which as a result, can lead to sagging and wrinkling of the perioral skin. ...Read more
STOP SMOKING: If you continue to smoke, it is unlikely that the color changes will get better. With cessation, it should improve within several weeks, but may take months to get back to normal. In very heavy, long-term smokers, some of the skin changes do not reverse. A dermatologist may be able to help. Smoking does far more than cause darkening of lips - cancer, heart disease, stroke and many others. ...Read more
Yes: Smoking speeds up the normal aging process leading to wrinkles. This occurs as early as 5-10 years after starting smoking & the effects are magnified with sun exposure. The skin damage is from the nicotine which causes narrowing of the blood vessels impairing blood flow to your skin leading to decreased oxygen, nutrients & vitamins. Also collagen & elastin fibers are damaged by toxins in smoke. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Quit: Quit smoking and you'll have your normal lips back in no time. ...Read more
Hi I have age lines on my lips I think from smoking. As well as quitting what can I do to stop the lines?
Quit Smoking: The vertical lines on the lips are a well-known side effect of smoking. Perhaps injections may help--but the best thing you can do to prevent them from getting worse is to do that which is very difficult--quit smoking. If that's what's happening to your lips, just think what's happening to your lungs--and arteries. ...Read more
Don't Smoke: I have a sneaking suspicion you knew the answer to this question. Quit now before any of the terrible effects of smoking can occur. Trust me, "i'll quit when I'm older" is a bad plan. The best time is now. Good luck! ...Read more
Don't smoke: I am not aware of any way to prevent the darkening of skin or lips when exposed to tobacco smoke. Seriously, why find a way to prevent a cosmetic effect of a drug which is the number one preventible cause of death in the us (as well as elsewhere), causing premature heart disease, stroke, cancer, emphysema, bronchitis and dozens of other serious health problems, as well as fires ;other accidents? ...Read more
See your doctor: If your lips are turning blue, it is because you are suffering from lack of oxygen. In people who already have severe damage, like chronic bronchitis or emphysema (COPD), the further reduction in oxygen levels associated with smoking can make lips or fingers turn blue. This is a dangerous situation for your health. See your doctor AND QUIT SMOKING NOW, while you still have a chance. ...Read more
Not sure: I'm not sure what you mean by 'pouty lips'. Are they swollen? Are you licking your lips? Is there a new habit that you've taken on? None of these are a common issue after quitting smoking, but strong work doing this! Some people get stressed for a few weeks after quitting -- suggest you get plenty of sleep, drink enough water, eat healthy food. Off tobacco, you can probably exercise more. Congrats. ...Read more
My lips got dark in colour I think due to smoking now I quit smoking but lips r still dark what to do any help or creme or ointment plz help?
Mostly time: It is not unusual to see discoloration of the lips in smokers due to decreased oxygen in the those tiny lip blood vessels. The best thing: what you've already done. Quitting smoking! Hopefully a more normal color will return with better oxygenation. Generous water intake, sun block to lips, & maybe lime/lemon may bleach a bit. You also might try putting whitening toothpaste on your lips. ...Read more
I have been smoking cigarettes from 4 years, my lips color changed to 50% black. If I stop this habit of smoking, can my lips Color go back to normal?
Possibly: May want to have that ckecked out by a dermatoligist / to make sure its not an oral malignancy. ...Read more
Stop smoking: If you stop smoking, the skin discoloration may gradually disappear. ...Read more
Black Mouth: Smoking stains the tissues of your mouth, especially your tongue. It does worse to your lungs and the rest of your body! Licorice can also stain the tissues black. ...Read more