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Consequences of the Cigar for the Hair

We all know that tobacco has several conditions in the body, but something you should know is about the consequences of smoking for hair.

Some general conditions of the cigarette

Most of us know, or are aware of, that smoking is a harmful and harmful habit for the health of our body. Being a moderate, excessive or passive smoker develops a different harmful degree in the body, but in the end all three become harmful to health. Constant or excessive consumption of tobacco develops a slow process in the body. It begins by affecting the organs and tissues from the inside, triggering respiratory diseases, cancer, asthma, diabetes, among others, but it also reflects external conditions, damaging some parts such as the skin and of course the scalp.

Tobacco can be consumed in different ways, it can be smoked in a cigar, chewed, moistened in the mouth, inhaled dry through the nose, inhaled from a hookah or from vapors in an electronic cigarette. Each method provides a different level of toxicity and its study and determination is very complex, because not only are the carcinogens present in smoke studied, but also metabolites are formed in the body that also exert their toxicity at different levels. 

How do chemicals affect the scalp?

Nicotine is one of the main components of tobacco, it is responsible for creating addiction to this habit. It affects the cardiovascular system and the central nervous system.

The nicotine distribution and elimination process will depend on the method of consumption. For example, when tobacco smoke reaches the airways, it is rapidly absorbed; about 25% of the nicotine inhaled by smoking is ingested in the bloodstream. 

Nicotine releases catecholamines, which increases the heart rate and cardiac, cutaneous contractility and contracts the coronary blood vessels, this damages the skin and hair follicles; It also increases blood pressure and can aggravate or precipitate diabetes by reducing insulin sensitivity.  

On the other hand we have carbon monoxide (CO), this can form carboxyhemoglobin, which blocks the transport of oxygen to the tissues and prevents cellular respiratory function. Another chemical is beryllium, which is acquired by inhalation and part of it is retained in the lung and in other places such as in the bones or on the skin. Finally, we can mention arsenic, which appears in the blood and urine and ends up accumulating in nails and hair. 

In summary, some of the chemicals mentioned primarily affect the finest circulation, which can have an indirect effect on hair growth by decreasing follicular blood supply. It also generates a decrease in vitamins such as A, C and E, responsible for providing vital antioxidants for the health and conservation of the scalp, so the capillary bed can be shortened, altering the amount of collagen and elastin and accelerating the aging of the hair, in addition to dehydration and peeling.

How does tobacco affect the outside of the body and hair?

Some gases present in tobacco smoke that we can find are: NO2, acrolein, hydrocyanic acid, formaldehyde, the latter is an irritant to the skin, eyes and respiratory tract and is considered a probable carcinogen for man. 

The chemicals that are absorbed into the body by tobacco are kept in the body and take about a day to be discarded. Imagine the consequences if you try this habit every day. These stored chemicals will eventually cause or develop diseases and alter the essential functions of the body. Although inhaled toxic substances can also accumulate in the hair, modifying its physical characteristics, such as turning it yellowish of the hair strand or making it opaque, in addition to the unpleasant odor it absorbs.

Some tips and recommendations 

We now know that in addition to causing a wide variety of respiratory diseases, cigarette smoking can affect the health of your hair and therefore alter your physical appearance. Smoking is a behavior that people decide to adopt in their lives, so it is only a matter of will to reduce their consumption. 

  • Try to eat foods rich in vitamin A, C and E, I eat fruits and vegetables. (carrot, sweet potato, spinach, pumpkin, kiwi, bell peppers, citrus, avocado)
  • Decrease the quantities of the cigar little by little until definitive consumption is achieved.
  • Perform physical activities to improve body circulation. 

Now you know everything that smoking cigar can affect your hair, it is also important that you know that Smoking increases the risk of complications for hair transplant.

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Dr. Enrique Orozco
Dr. Enrique Orozcohttps://dreoclinic.com/
General Director, Specialist in Trichology and Hair Transplantation Certified by ABHRS. Only ABHRS Certified with residence in Mexico.

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