Cigarette smoking can have a negative impact on your hair and hairline.
To be healthy, your hair requires oxygen, nutrients, and minerals; however, smoking can prevent these nutrients from reaching your hair follicles.
Cigarettes contain 7000 chemicals, 70 of which are carcinogenic; it is no surprise that smoking can cause hair loss.
Toxic chemicals released by smoking affect blood circulation, shrink blood vessels, and prevent hair follicles from receiving the blood they require for growth.
Arash Babadjouni, a doctor at Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine, and colleagues conducted a study on mice to determine whether cigarette smoke exposure caused alopecia (hair loss) and premature grey hairs.Several studies have found a link between smoking and alopecia. Frontal Fibrosing Alopecia was diagnosed in the majority of smokers.
Free radicals are present in cigarette smoke. Free radicals are dangerous molecules that can damage the DNA of your cells and cause oxidative stress. According to research, hair on balding scalps is sensitive to oxidative stress, and a damaged DNA cell affects hair growth.
Smoking also has an impact on blood circulation and causes plaque to build up in your blood vessels (a clot like substance that blocks blood flow to your arteries).
When your arteries do not receive enough blood, your scalp suffers as well.
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