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What tobacco does to your hair (it’s not pretty)

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What tobacco does to your hair (it’s not pretty)

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Hello, it’s Dr. Bauman.

As a doctor, I’m strongly opposed to smoking. It simply destroys our health.

Smoking causes cancer, heart disease, stroke, and lung disease, while also increasing your risk for tuberculosis, eye disease, and weakened immunity.

Smoking also makes you look years older than your true age — and your skin and hair get hit the hardest.

In this email, I’ll explain how smoking ages your skin and triggers hair loss…

… and how you can uncover the root cause of your own hair problems so you can regrow thicker, healthier hair.

To start, let’s quickly discuss chronological and biological aging.

As you may know, there’s chronological aging, and there’s biological aging, and they’re not the same thing.

Simply put, your chronological age is how old you are: the number of birthdays you’ve celebrated, if you will. While your biological age is how old you are at a cellular level.

A person can be chronologically 70-years-old, but thanks to a healthy biological age they might look and feel like someone in their 50s.

Think of someone like actor and producer Will Smith.

Will Smith is 53. But on a talk show last year he revealed his biological age is 35.

Or think about Tom Brady.

At 41, Tom Brady was the oldest quarterback to start and win a Super Bowl. Yet he looks and competes like a man in his mid-20s.

So what does smoking do to your biological age? Well…

Recently, a team of scientists set out to determine the biological age differences between smokers and non-smokers. For this study, they used sophisticated artificial intelligence techniques to analyze blood samples from 149,000 adults.

And the scientists were stunned by what they discovered:

Female smokers were predicted to be twice as old as their chronological age compared to nonsmokers, whereas male smokers were predicted to be one and a half times as old as their chronological age compared to nonsmokers. (1)

Here’s what that can mean for your skin and hair.

Smoking causes deeper wrinkles on your face, particularly between the eyebrows, around the eyes, and around the mouth and lips.

Studies show that people who smoke also have fewer elastin and collagen fibers in their skin.

As a result, the skin can become hard and leathery.

And if you’re a smoker and have thinning hair, the two could be linked.

As you may know, your follicles need oxygen, nutrients, and minerals to grow healthy hair. Your follicles get these nutrients from your blood.

Problem is, smoking can restrict blood flow to your follicles, depriving them of precious nutrients, causing your hair to die and fall out. (2)

What’s more, studies suggest second-hand smoke can also trigger hair loss. (3)

So even if you don’t smoke, but you spend time around someone who does, smoking could be an underlying cause of your hair problems.

Clearly, smoking is a nightmare for your hair.

But the good news is, if your hair is brittle, thinning, or falling out, there’s a lot you can do to restore and regrow it.

Once you’ve identified the underlying causes of your hair loss (whether those are lifestyle factors like smoking, genetics, or something else) you can get to work on a customized hair health plan.

Knowledge is power.

And the first step in knowing what’s really causing your hair loss is joining me in a private 1-on-1 consultation.

>> Go here to learn more and to book your consultation (available in-person and online)

At your private consultation, we’ll uncover what’s really going on with your hair health, explore available treatment options, and create a customized hair restoration plan tailored to your needs and goals.

This plan may include addressing lifestyle factors, adding hair health products to your daily routine, or exploring your surgical options.

But you’ll feel great knowing, yes, you can save or restore your hair.

My team and I would love to meet with you and discuss how we can help you reach your hair health goals.

Yes, knowledge is power. But only action gets results.

If you’re ready to take action to restore (or upgrade) your hair, I invite you to reach out today.

>> Go here to learn more and to book your consultation (available in-person and online)

Or call us at (561) 394-0024 to book your consultation by phone.


Alan J. Bauman, MD
Medical Director of Bauman Medical

Scientific references

1. Mamoshina, P., Kochetov, K., Cortese, F. et al. Blood Biochemistry Analysis to Detect Smoking Status and Quantify Accelerated Aging in Smokers. Sci Rep 9, 142 (2019).
2. Ralph M. Trueb. “Association between smoking and hair loss: another opportunity for health education against smoking?” Dermatology. 2003;206(3):189-91.
3. The Health Consequences of Involuntary Exposure to Tobacco Smoke: A Report of the Surgeon General. Office on Smoking and Health (US). 2006.”

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