What happens to collagen and elastin in my skin when I smoke?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)

Cigarette smoke causes the delicate blood vessels that deliver blood to the skin to constrict, which deprives skin cells of essential nutrients and oxygen. Smoke also destroys collagen and elastin, both of which connect skin cells and make them pliable and elastic.

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