Vaping is something that has become a norm in today’s day and age. It is a rapid growing industry due to many factors such as cultural conformity and peer pressure. They come in different flavours , different colours and smells to appeal to the younger generation. We know that vaping takes a toll on our internal organs like our lungs! But did you know that it also affects the way you look? Many people aren’t aware on how vaping affects your skin and the way your appearance.
VAPING CAUSES ACNE
Yes , you read it right! Vaping has actually caused a large increase of acne breakouts amongst vapers. Although there are people who claim to experience extreme and terrible breakouts after they had started vaping, there are also a handful who have who have claimed the exact opposite! This may often be due to the fact that they would have switched to vaping as a “healthier” alternative rather than smoking a regular cigarette which contains more than 7000 chemicals that we tend to inhale. Therefor it is possible for the results of reduce acne as the individual may not have been exposed to tobacco and another list of chemicals. However, that does not mean that vaping can cure acne as many vapers have reported that they have had an increase of flare ups or even noticing acne on their skin for the very first time since their vaping journey. Very often these outbreaks tend to occur closer to the mouth and chin area.
Why so? It is believed that theoretically, the increase of acne in this region is due to the fact that there is constant contact between our hand and face when vaping , so we subconsciously touch our face with hands that carry bacteria from touching the things around us along with our vapes. The act of exchanging and sharing a vape pen with one another may also result in an increase of acne as hundreds and thousands of bacteria is exchange through this process. It may seem harmless, just like sharing a straw in drink with someone you care or are comfortable with, but the truth of the matter is, it is considered unhygienic , which makes it a lush and suitable ground for bacteria to thrive.
VAPING SIDE EFFECTS ON THE SKIN
Although vapes are advertised as a healthier alternative, it is only true to a certain extent. Vape juice comprises of nicotine, artificial flavouring and colouring, propylene glycol, iacetyl, acetylpropionyl, acetoin and so on. Ingredients such as iacetyl, acetylpropionyl, acetoin we tested on labs rats who had high inhalation dosages of these substances and the effects have shown to have caused lung damage, respiratory tract inflammation and even deaths in rats. So although vaping is a safer alternative to smoking it still poses many health risks. There are a copious of reasons as to why vaping is bad for the skin. Skin conditions such as contact dermatitis, burns, acne and oral lesions are all skin conditions that are very often seen in hardcore vapers or in other terms “chain smokers” that can finish up to anywhere between 30ml – 120ml of vape juice in just a few days. Researchers have found that there is a significant increase in cases such contact dermatitis cases as well as oral lesions due to the chemicals and heat from the vape.
Studies have also shown that vaping just like smoking a cigarette may make us age faster than an average person. Every time a cigarette is lit, the oxygen supply to the face is significantly decreased, same goes to vaping or any other forms of smoking. The asphyxiation in the habit of smoking is what ages the face. Avid smokers tend to increase the fine lines and wrinkles on their face , which leads to the diminishing of elasticity to the skin causing the face and skin to look aged. Same concept would apply to vapers who vape a nicotine derived flavour or juice that end up depositing nicotine on their face that can lead to blockages and splotches. It also brings about textural irregularities on the skin and speed up the sagging process on the skin due to the lack of elasticity.
So we leave it to you to decide on whether vaping a tropical flavoured juice like pineapple and mango blast is worth the outcome of having skin conditions like sagging and dark spots as any form of smoking leads to premature signs of aging, dehydrated and flaky skin as well as formations of deep wrinkles under the eyes.