Teens are highly conscious of their physical appearance. But they often fail to understand that drug addiction worsens their appearance and makes them look unattractive and old. Drug abusing teens often ignore their regular grooming habits. They are unaware of the fact that these unhealthy habits negatively affect the internal health as well as external physical appearance too.
This article shows how substance abuse deteriorates the natural charm of drug addicted youngsters.
General signs: Illicit drug abuse is associated with few general changes in the appearance of the individual. Some general changes include, puffy face, drowsy look, needle marks on hands and legs etc. These things are quite commonly seen in most of the drug abusers, by which we can identify their drug abusing habit easily.
Personal grooming: Personal grooming habits of drug abusers deteriorate day by day. They ignore to maintain even the regular cleanliness. Teens who are normally self-conscious about their attire and appearance will no longer care about their personal hygiene and physical appearance once they start using drugs. Messy hair, torn and untidy clothes, not brushing teeth and not having bath are some of their lifestyle patterns.
Oral effects: Oral disorders are often found in drug and tobacco addicts. Of the various drugs, ‘Methamphetamine’ causes major oral problems. Use of drugs may result in discolored, brittle, chipped, rot and stained teeth. Toxic chemicals present in various drugs block the blood supply to the oral cavity and reduce saliva production. Oral disorders also include some gum diseases which result in reddened and bleeding gums.
Skin disorders: Drug addicts experience severe skin related problems. One of the major disorders is skin sores or lesions. They appear on the skin at various visible places like arms, legs, including face, and take a prolonged time to heal. In severe addictions, the sores may not heal at all. These sores are highly susceptible to infections.
The toxic substances in drugs result in the death of blood vessels present in the skin. Lack of blood flow to the skin tissues makes it difficult for the body to repair the injury. As a result, the skin loses elasticity, and the abusers look more aged compared to their original age.
Some dangerous drugs like ‘Meth’ also cause powerful hallucinations which make the abuser feel and believe that some bugs are crawling either on or under his skin. This is referred to as ‘crank bug’, which causes compulsive pricking and scratching behaviors.
Changes in weight: People who are addicted to drugs either lose or gain weight suddenly. Drug abuse accelerates the body’s usage of energy and suppresses the appetite which makes the abuser lose weight and look malnourished. They experience a drastic change in their weight over a period of time. Sleep disorders and lifestyle changes also can contribute to weight loss. Due to the weight loss, the person becomes weak and also is vulnerable to many diseases due to lack of disease resistance.
Now that you are aware of the fact that substance abuse worsens physical appearance, make sure that you stay away from these harmful substances.