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How to Get Rid of Smoker's Wrinkles

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author image Sandra Ketcham
Sandra Ketcham has nearly two decades of experience writing and editing for major websites and magazines. Her work appears in numerous web and print publications, including "The Atlanta Journal-Constitution," "The Tampa Bay Times," Visit Florida, "USA Today," AOL's Gadling and "Kraze Magazine."
How to Get Rid of Smoker's Wrinkles
Smoking contributes to wrinkling and premature aging. Photo Credit David De Lossy/Valueline/Getty Images

Although fine lines and wrinkles are a normal part of aging, certain habits can make it more likely that you will develop wrinkles at an early age. Smoking accelerates aging and wrinkling, especially around the mouth and eyes, according to the Mayo Clinic. Fortunately, a number of treatments can help restore your skin to a more youthful state.

Step 1

Stop smoking immediately. Continuing to smoke will worsen your wrinkles and contribute to the formation of new wrinkles. Quitting now, even after smoking for many years, can improve the texture and appearance of your skin, according to the Mayo Clinic.

Step 2

Wear sunscreen at all times. USA Today's Health Encyclopedia explains that sun exposure contributes to the formation of wrinkles and worsens existing wrinkles. Apply sunscreen before cosmetics or choose foundation with built-in sun protection.

Step 3

Try an over-the-counter medication that contains glycolic acid or retinol to get rid of mild smoker's wrinkles. Your dermatologist can prescribe stronger medications, such as tretinoin or tazarotene, to treat wrinkles that fail to respond to over-the-counter creams.

Step 4

Remove wrinkles around your eyes and mouth with a chemical peel. During a chemical peel, your dermatologist will apply an acid solution directly to your face to burn away wrinkled skin. As the treated area heals, healthier, smoother skin will grow in its place.

Step 5

Ask your doctor about injections of botulinum toxin, or Botox, to minimize the appearance of wrinkles. These injections work by paralyzing or weakening the muscles around your mouth to get rid of skin creasing caused by the repeated movement of the mouth during inhalation and exhalation of cigarette smoke, according to the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Collagen and hyaluronic acid injections may also help soften wrinkles.

Step 6

Undergo laser therapy to destroy damaged, wrinkled skin and stimulate the production of new collagen fibers. Multiple treatments are typically necessary, but in most cases they give the skin a tighter, smoother look.

Step 7

Treat severe cases of wrinkles with a facelift. During this procedure, a plastic surgeon will remove excess fat and skin in your face and tighten underlying tissues and muscles to give your skin a younger, smoother look. The Mayo Clinic says that the benefits of a facelift last up to 10 years.

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