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Date With Destiny
2005-12-25 18:54:45 (UTC)

Quitzits

RE: Can someone please.....
From kathrynmc on 2/24/2004 12:53:45 PM

A repost: I don't know the userid of the author, sorry.
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Hope this wise repost will help...

Fourth in a series...
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The question was recently sent in to our laboratory, "Now
that I've quit smoking, why am I getting acne like I'm a
danged teenager?!" Well, have a seat and the Science Dork
will do his best to fill you in.

Cue dream sequence music and spinning spiral...

As we've all learned, the act of smoking introduces all
kinds of nasty pollutants into our bodies. Being the
miracles of nature that they are, our bodies adjust as
best they can and do whatever they can to shed the nasty
chemical toxins we pour into them with every puff we take
on a cigarette. Unfortunately, each cigarette we smoke
retards the detoxification process that our bodies are
*trying* to engage in. The net effect is an accumulation
of toxins inside our bodies along with a shift in the
chemical balance inside us (including our hormones.)

One day, we quit smoking. This is a Good Thing but, as we
have also learned, it throws our bodies into an upheaval.
Suddenly the chemical balance is thrown out of whack again
while, at the same time, our bodies start the
detoxification process. You've heard people tell new
Quitsters to "drink lots of water to help flush out all
the toxins". This is good advice and it helps a great
deal. However, it's just not fast enough for you body when
begins to excrete the toxins in any way it can. Sometimes
the toxins are ejected through the soft tissues inside our
mouths and through the pores. This causes the well-known
Quitzits many Quitsters suffer from. It can also cause
tremendous mouth discomfort as cold sores and canker sores
erupt inside the mouth and on the lips. This coupled with
the hormonal changes that happen (akin to the changes that
happen during a woman's menstual cycle, another time when
she's likely to experience more acne than is typical) can
lead to some pretty pimply periods. Sore throats are also
quite common during this time.

There is also some evidence that there are chemical agents
absorbed from cigarette smoke that inhibit the formation
of cold sores which only makes their occurence more likely
once you Quit. Finally, many Quitsters suffer from
Quitstipation. Since this slow downs a major toxin
shedding process, this is one less avenue for the body to
rid itself of the nasty chemicals it has been absorbing.
If it's any consolation, smoking Quitsters aren't the only
people to experience this phenomenon - recovering heroin
addicts have been known to develop raging cases of acne,
too.

As with all the other negative side effects of smoking
cessation, the best thing to do is just wait it out. In
the meantime, consider lowering your toxin load by eating
more nutritious, healthy foods, especially high-fiber
foods. Also, drink as much water as you can. It really
does help to flush your system. You may also want to
invest in some Oxy10 to take care of that third eye on
your cheek ;^)

Chris the Science Geek