www.nycdermatologist.com (212)-644-9494 Smoking May Increase Body Wrinkles Smokers Tend to Have More Wrinkles, and Not Just on Their Face Smoking may increase wrinkles on parts of the body other than the face — even on areas usually covered with clothes. Cigarette smoking has long been linked to increased facial wrinkles. A new study shows that that may also be true of the rest of the body. Yolanda Helfrich, MD, and colleagues studied 82 people at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor’s dermatology clinic. Participants were 22-91 years old (average age 56). Most were white; 41 had a history of smoking. Helfrich’s team interviewed participants about smoking, sun exposure, sunscreen use, tanning, and other lifestyle factors. A medical photographer took pictures of each participant’s upper inner arm. The photos were reviewed by three judges (two dermatology residents and one medical student) who didn’t know which participants were smokers. The judges used a nine-point scale developed by Helfrich’s team. A rating of 0 indicated no fine wrinkling; severe fine wrinkling yielded the maximum score of 8. Smoking and Wrinkles Nearly two-thirds of the participants had low wrinkle scores ranging from 0-2 points. Smokers generally had the highest scores, indicating deeper wrinkles. The wrinkle risk was particularly strong for people who had smoked heavily for many years. “We examined nonfacial skin that was protected from the sun, and found that the total number of packs of

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