Does smoking cause hair loss?

Many people ask us “Does smoking cause hair loss?”, and usually our answer is: yes, smoking can contribute to cause hair loss, but it is not one of the major causes.

Read this post to understand better what I mean.

The impact that cigarettes can have on hair loss is almost insignificant in comparison to the impact that DHT and stress have on the health of your hair.

So if you’re looking for the main cause of your hair loss, smoking is almost certainly not the one.

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Cigarettes can contribute to cause baldness and hair thinning in the following ways:

  • Reducing blood flow to the extremities of your body, including the upper part of your scalp, and
  • Polluting your blood, which impacts the health of your liver.And if the liver, which is the main filter of our body, is in trouble, well trust me, your hair may be in trouble too.

Smoking may also have some minor clogging effect on the pores of your scalp, when combined with sebum.

Recently a scientific study found that people living in highly polluted areas experience a bigger rate of hair thinning.

This is likely to do with the same reasons as smoking – so the impact of polluting the lungs with chemicals and smoke can be measurable in terms of baldness.

So our recommendation is to reduce the number of cigarettes you smoke daily or quit completely.

Let’s see the benefits of quitting in regards to your health (including your hair’s health).

Within 12 hours after your last cigarette, your heart rate will begin to drop back to a normal level, while the levels of oxygen will increase.

The toxic carbon monoxide, released from burning tobacco, will start to decrease to normal levels.

Carbon monoxide bonds very well to blood cells, preventing them from bonding with oxygen.

24 hours after you quit.

The risk of coronary artery disease for smokers is much higher than for nonsmokers.

However, just one full day after quitting smoking, your risk for coronary artery disease, as well as having a heart attack, will already start to reduce.

3 days after you quit.

At this point, the nicotine will be completely out of your body, and you may be experiencing the symptoms of nicotine withdrawal, such as irritability, headache, sweating and anxiety.

This is when stopping smoking can become especially difficult. Be strong, now.
If you’re able to make it to this point, don’t give up. You are well on your way to a much healthier life.

2 weeks after you quit.

Stopping smoking for 2 weeks, gives your body time to regenerate, and heal. Your blood circulation and heart functions will improve significantly during this time.

Your lungs may also begin to function much better, allowing you to breathe more easily.

1 year after you quit.

After a year without smoking, carbon monoxide is no longer preventing blood and oxygen to freely flow to your skin.

This means that the collagen production in your body will be back to normal levels, and your skin will start to look healthier.

The risk for heart disease is lowered to half that of a smoker, and your withdrawal symptoms are virtually nonexistent.

5 years after you quit.

At this point, the toxic substances released in the burning of tobacco, which cause your blood vessels to narrow, have been completely eliminated in your body, and the risk of having a stroke is the same as that of a nonsmoker.

10 years after you quit.

Smokers are at higher risk than nonsmokers for several types of cancers, such as throat, lung, and pancreatic cancer.

If you make it to this point your risk of dying from lung cancer, the most common type, will drop to half that of a smoker.

15 years after you quit.

Fifteen years, after your last cigarette, your risk for heart attack will drop at the same level as that of a nonsmoker.

does smoking cause hair loss

It goes without saying that your hair would benefit a lot from quitting smoking. So I hope you got the answer to your question  “does smoking cause hair loss?”

Ok that’s all for this post.

Hope that you enjoyed it, and that it will be useful for you.

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