The effect of smoking on skin moisture and on surface lipids

RONNI WOLF, ETHEL TUR, DANNI WOLF, MARINA LANDAU

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Abstract

in the present retrospective study we investigated the effect of smoking on the moisture and surface lipid levels of the skin. We analysed data from the files of 576 female clients treated in a Tel‐Aviv cosmetic parlour. Measurements have been conducted by the same cosmetician, by commercially available equipment, on every client receiving cosmetic treatment, regardless of the nature of the treatment. Results demonstrated a significant difference of skin moisture in the various smoking groups: women who smoked 11–20 cigarettes per day showed significantly lower mean values than the non‐smoker group, as expected. Moreover, women before or after menopause showed no significant differences in their moisture measurements. The surface lipid variables showed no significant differences in mean over the four smoking groups. We believe that the objective of the study was achieved, and that the results, indicating decreased skin moisture in smokers, will serve well in anti‐smoking campaigns. We also believe that the present study will stimulate other investigators to conduct similar studies that will provide answers to the many questions which still remain open.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)83-88
Number of pages6
JournalInternational Journal of Cosmetic Science
Volume14
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1992

Keywords

  • cigarettes
  • skin lipids
  • skin moisture
  • smoking

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