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Acne scars noticeably worse in smokers

4th August 2015  : 

While smoking has always been discouraged for the internal damage it causes, recent research presented at the British Association of Dermatologists’ in Manchester suggests that it worsens acne scars.


What is acne?

Acne is a common skin condition that affects a wide number of people at some point in their life. It causes spots to develop on the skin, usually on the face, back and chest. The spots can range from surface blackheads and whiteheads to deep, inflamed, pustules and cysts, which can be severe, leading to scarring.

Though acne affects a huge proportion of the population, 80% of those affected are teenagers and so experts are hoping the findings will encourage young adults prone to acne, to stay clear of tobacco.

New study

The study looked at the data of 992 sufferers afflicted by severe acne, who were referred to a hospital dermatology department over an eight-year period. Scarring was observed in 91% of the patients, and although smokers were not more likely to have acne scars, the damage to their skin was far more severe. Over 53% of smokers had moderate to severe scarring in comparison to just 35% of non-smokers.

'The correlation seen between smoking and severity of facial scarring could suggest that smoking can increase the severity of scarring in a susceptible person with acne,’ according to Dr Raman Bhutani, a member of the research team from Harrogate District Foundation Trust.

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