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Gen Z’s vaping habits could be making them look older: docs

Aging faces of Gen Z may also blame e-cigarettes for their unnaturally sallow skin.

People born between 1997 and 2012 came of age during the rise of nicotine vaporizers, touted by manufacturers as a safe, odorless alternative to smoking.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said people ages 18 to 24 are most likely to use e-cigarettes among all adults, and adults ages 18 to 44 — Gen Z and millennials – were more likely to be dual users of e-cigarettes and cigarettes compared to adults aged 45 and over.

In addition to the potentially fatal effects of long-term cigarette smoking, including several types of cancer, it is also known that burning and inhaling tobacco smoke can cause bad breath, yellowing of the mouth and teeth, and premature wrinkles.

But vaping devices sold to consumers as a tool to help them kick their nicotine addiction have recently revealed potentially deadly cocktails of chemicals and pathogens in their flavor cartridges – leading in some cases to mysterious cases of respiratory illnesses.

Now, vapes could be the reason Gen Z says they’re “aging like milk,” according to dermatologists who spoke to the Daily Mail.

According to the CDC, people ages 18 to 24 were most likely to use e-cigarettes among all adults, and adults ages 18 to 44 were most likely to be dual users of e-cigarettes and cigarettes by compared to adults aged 45 and over. Getty Images/iStockphoto

The appeal of vaping is its smoke-free design, but Dr Bav Shergill, a member of the British Association of Dermatologists, says nicotine can destroy the elasticity that gives skin its ‘lift’.

“Yes, there are some things in cigarette smoke that can damage your skin, but nicotine is a big problem, it’s an addictive drug that has detrimental effects on the skin,” Shergill told the Daily Mail.

“Nicotine is the active ingredient and it is associated with all kinds of skin problems. It is associated with acne, psoriasis and rashes,” Shergill continued.


Close-up of teenagers with cellphone vaping and drinking alcohol in the park
Nicotine use has been linked to acne, psoriasis and inflammation. Getty Images

When skin is repeatedly damaged by toxic chemicals, it triggers the immune system, causing chronic inflammation and exacerbating certain skin conditions, including psoriasis. “As your body begins to become inflamed, the blood supply begins to increase, leading to spots and redness,” Shergill said.

Skin cells are “degraded by people who consume a lot of nicotine,” Sherbill explained. “If you have two people, twins for example, and you have one who smokes and likes a little sun, and you look at them at 25 and you see the difference between them. Aging begins quite early with smoking and sun exposure.

The combination of sunlight and a chemical environment caused by smoking and vaping can restrict blood flow to the skin over time, which is necessary to repair and regenerate healthy skin cells.

“That’s how you get extra blood flow to all the right cells to heal you,” Shergill explained.

The heat generated by these devices can also cause “thermal damage,” leading to dehydrated skin with a dull appearance and more wrinkles, as the disappearance of collagen in the skin allows gravity to do its dirty work.

“You lose your collagen, which is basically like the mattress padding, if you get rid of it the mattress sags and your skin sags,” Shergill said.

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