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Psoriasis and Smoking

psoriasisSmoking tobacco is not good for us. Not in any way shape or form. And this certainly applies when it comes to the risk of psoriasis.

Smoking not only increases your risk of developing psoriasis but can also increase the severity of any existing areas of the condition. Even passive smoking when pregnant or as a child can increase your risk of developing psoriasis in later life.

A connection between Psoriasis and Smoking?

It probably isn’t much of a surprise to you that smoking can cause a problem such as psoriasis. Cigarete smoke contains over a whopping 3000 substances that can cause free radicals within the body that can damage the skin.
Smoke can also significantly weaken the immune system, making the body considerably more vulnerable to skin conditions and bacterial infections. It also asphyxiates the skin, meaning that the toxins within the smoke causes damage to the blood vessels and circulation, which subsequently causes the skin to lose oxygen and nutrients. This means the skin is essentially broken and susceptible to conditions such as psoriasis.
Due to the decreased blood flow and reduced amount of nutrients smoking causes the body, the skin’s ability to heal and regenerate itself is compromised. The body and skin are no longer provided the nutrients that are necessary for its healing such as Vitamin A which could cause real complications during the healing of a psoriasis flare-up, drastically worsening symptoms.
Dehydrated skin is another result of smoking, which also happens to be a major trigger for psoriasis. Even further, smoking can increase an individual’s risk of throat infections which can (and probably will) bring on flare-ups, particularly for those that are prone to the condition.

What research has been conducted?

Despite these clear connections between Psoriasis and Smoking we can not definitively say that there is a causal link, purely because not enough research has been conducted on the matter.
However some studies have looked into the issue. Mills et al found that smokers were twice as likely to suffer from psoriasis compared to non-smokers and that smoking over twenty cigarettes per day makes an individual five times more likely to suffer from psoriasis. Similarly, Naldi et al found that smokers were twice as likely to be diagnosed with psoriasis if they smoked over fifteen cigarettes per day.

So how can I treat it??

It goes without saying really, but those that suffer from psoriasis or have a family history of the condition should absolutely not smoke.
Of course this is easier said than done, but there are a variety of help and support platforms available such as forums or nicotine patches, etc. Pay a visit to your local GP to gain the best, personal advice on how to quit.
Unfortunately even if you yourself do not smoke then this does not completely rid you of the risks of Psoriasis and Smoking. Being in a smoke-filled room or home can bring your skin similar problems to those that actually smoke themselves. Unfair but true. So, if you find yourself consistently surrounded by second-hand smoke you may need to take steps, whatever those steps may be, to avoid this exposure at all costs.

The best way you can treat your condition Is to keep it hydrated at all times. Use an all-natural moisturiser and Deep Cleansing Therapy Bar on a daily basis to soothe your condition and give it the gentle moisture it needs.
Syrinx Za have a range of natural balms and lotions for psoriasis. Read more here about it.
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About Syrinx Za

Syrinx ZA Chief Executive Ashley Metcalfe is responsible for marketing and business development. Ashley is as passionate about cricket as he is skin care. Drop Ashley a line if you have any skin related questions.

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