The study also dispels the widely-held notion that papulopustular post-adolescent acne (PPAA) is the most common form of adult acne in women as opposed to comedonal post-adolescent acne (CPAA).
Translation? Blackheads and non-inflamed bumps are now thought to be more prevalent than inflamed cystic acne in adult women.
Smokers represented 66.3 percent of the whole group, but there were significantly more smokers among the CPAA than the PPAA group, at 72.9 percent and 29.4 percent, respectively. In addition, a strong link was discovered between the number of daily cigarettes smoked and CPAA severity. Yet, smoking did not seem to have an impact on inflamed cystic acne.
"The findings will affect our treatments, and we will need more products with Vitamin A and alpha and beta hydroxyl-acids to clear the skin along with exfoliating products, as well as more education for the public at large about the damaging effects smoking can have on the body's largest organ, the skin," explains Dr. Marcy Street, a dermatologist in East Lansing, Mich.
Bottom line? If only for the good of your complexion, stamp out that cigarette!
In other skincare news, a recent study discovered higher skin cancer death rates among African Americans and Hispanics.