Suffering from seborrheic dermatitis is probably one of the most distressing situations in one’s life. Although it is not as deadly as other diseases or as painful as a deep wound, it can cause a lot of changes in an individual’s life as it affects the person’s general appearance. A lot of different factors cause Seborrheic dermatitis. While most experts explain that the exact cause of the condition is not yet fully understood, it is believed that factors such as smoking can greatly contribute to its development. If you are a smoker and you happen to notice symptoms of seborrheic dermatitis manifested in your body, understanding the possible relation between the two is very important.

Smoking and Seborrheic dermatitis

Smoking, they say, is one of the best ways to kill your body slowly. It is an accepted fact that smoking is the cause of various disorders including cancers, hypertension, cardiovascular disease and even musculoskeletal conditions. It is, however, still a question among many individuals whether smoking can really cause skin diseases including Seborrheic dermatitis.

Seborrheic dermatitis is a skin disease characterized by flakes on the scalp, nose, ears (check the article about seborrheic dermatitis on ear) and eyebrows. Other symptoms such as soreness, greasy skin and redness of the skin can also manifest as Seborrheic dermatitis symptoms. The disease is not contagious and there is no need to worry about developing serious conditions due to Seborrheic dermatitis but the bad news is that once you develop it, you’ll probably have it for the rest of your life.

Smoking and Seborrheic dermatitis have a causal relationship, as explained by various experts. Here are some views on how smoking, especially long term, leads to Seborrheic dermatitis:

seborrheic-dermatitis-and-smokingSmoking weakens immune system

One of the risk factors in developing seborrheic dermatitis is a weakened immune system and exposure to a certain species of yeast known as Malassezia. Studies suggest that smoking indirectly leads to Seborrheic dermatitis by weakening the immune system and slowing down the natural healing process of the body. Smoking brings about a thousand toxins in the body which in one way or the other causes disturbances in the normal body processes. Among the many functions it affects is the body’s natural defense system.

Smoking affects hormones

The functions of the sebaceous glands of the body found in the skin are generally governed by the release of hormones. This is the reason why hormonal changes among youth cause skin conditions such as acne and pimples. Smoking toxins also affect the release of hormones in many ways. Hormonal changes due to smoking eventually lead to problems with sebaceous glands functions, leading to skin dryness and manifestations of Seborrheic dermatitis signs and symptoms.

Smoking affects the Integumentary system

Cigarette smoking also causes changes in the cellular level of the integumentary system. Instead of promoting new skin cell resurfacing and normal skin moisture, smoking toxins destroy skin cells and cause dryness.

In summary, smoking brings nothing but destruction to the human body. Although it may not directly cause seborrheic dermatitis, it increases the risk of developing such disorder due to its many damaging effects as drinking beer as we saw on other article a few weeks ago. Quit smoking today for healthier skin and longer life.