Beware, women smokers! If health warnings are not enough to put you off the habit, just give a second thought before you puff your next fag because smoking can also cause spots.
Yes, scientists in Europe have carried out a study which revealed that smoking can cause acne or a spotty skin disorder, characterised by blocked pores and large blackheads, among women.
The findings of the study have been published in the ‘British Journal of Dermatology’.
“Our study demonstrates that non-inflammatory acne affects a high percentage of women, and is especially high among smokers.
“Recognising this form of acne is fundamental to providing correct information about the effects of tobacco on the skin,” Dr Bruno Capitanio, one of the study’s authors from San Gallicano Dermatological Institute in Rome, was quoted as saying.
In fact, the researchers came to the conclusion after studying 1,000 women aged between 25 and 50, and found that 42 per cent of smokers suffered from acne compared to one in ten non-smokers.
Moreover, smokers who had suffered acne in their teens were found to be four times more likely to suffer acne as an adult than non-smokers who had also experienced teenage acne.
According to Dr Colin Holden, the President of the British Association of Dermatologists, “Dermatologists have long associated smoking with premature ageing of the skin, wrinkles and a leathery complexion.
“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.”