Does Using Anti-aging Skin Products and Smoking Have Health Risks?

Recently I have read some articles regarding smoking and using Retin-A which could lead to increase deaths. Is there any concern with using glycolic creams and alpha hydroxy creams and smoking? Or using Vitamin A retinol cream with 2 million IU's of Retinyl Palmitate and smoking?

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Thank you for your question.

There is no harm in using any of these products with smoking. The answer to your question is simple - stop smoking! Smoking will cause skin discoloration, wrinkles, worsened skin texture, and lack of luster. It is the sole cause of severe aging out of all the compounds you mentioned in your question. All of the other things you mentioned are helpful, but smoking negates their effects and will actually make most any procedure you do for your skin useless.

Hope this helps, and stop smoking!!

Beverly Hills Dermatologist

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