From alcohol and cocaine, to meth and oxycodone, it’s no surprise that different drugs can have different side effects on their users. While all these side effects vary, they all do have one thing in common: they ain’t so pretty. Indeed, the harrowing faces of addiction are not pleasant, to say the least. In fact, they’re downright shocking. If anything, however, they serve as a constant reminder to never, ever cross that line — no matter how good that party is, or how harmless they claim it to be. Here, we take a look at how your face changes with different drug habits.
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1.Cocaine. It’s no secret that cocaine leaves its users with characteristically disfigured features. For instance, when a line is snorted it is rapidly absorbed into the bloodstream, causing the blood vessels in the lining of the nose passage to shrink. Then, shorty after use, the blood vessels widen again, leaving behind a red, runny stuffed-up nose.
2.Cocaine. Per Palm Partners Recovery Center: “After repeated and prolonged use, cocaine causes a loss of blood supply to the septum, which is the thin dividing wall between your nostrils. This becomes damaged, causing an erosion of the septum that can leave a gaping hole between the two nose passages.” When this goes, the bridge of the nose can collapse, leaving behind an unpleasant “smushed-in” look.
3.Cocaine. Other symptoms associated with cocaine use: weight loss. Like other amphetamines, cocaine suppresses one’s appetite. After extended abuse of the drug, users will experience sudden weight loss, as well as a rather emaciated-looking face and pale skin tone.
4.Meth. Safe to say, methamphetamine can absolutely destroy one’s face and physical appearance. “Even light methamphetamine use can cause widespread acne due to the drug’s effects of dry skin and extreme itchiness,” according to ABC 7. “Coupled with the common sensory hallucination factor of ‘bugs crawling beneath the skin,’ this often promotes obsessive scratching, picking, and resulting in many small sores and facial scarring.”
5.Meth. Like cocaine, meth also suppresses appetite, leading to malnourishment for long periods of time. If — or when — the weight loss becomes extremely dramatic, the body begins to consume muscle tissue and facial fat, giving users a skeletal, emaciated-looking appearance.
6.Meth. Another common side effect of meth use: accelerated aging. “With the combination of skin issues, facial muscle loss, hygiene neglect, and oral decay, a meth addict’s estimated age can appear far more exaggerated,” ABC 7 reports. “A general theory suggests that because the immune system is in constant battle with drug toxins infiltrating the bodily systems, prolonged use can weaken the immune system to the point of making it very ineffective against illness and injury. When a body system is consistently distressed, and barely able to heal itself, premature aging sets in as the total viable lifetime drops.”
7.Heroin. While the Class A substance is known for its addicting high and overdose rates, what about the way it makes you look? Heroin users appear very thin and unhealthy — not to mention, unkept and less hygienic. The drug also ages users big time due to rapid weight less, sagging skin and loss of healthy bodily fats.
8.Heroin. In addition, consistent use of heroin will result in the loss of skin radiance due to dryness and lack of nutrition and personal hygienic. “Using heroin will cause you to have cool, moist and pale skin and telltale dark circles under your eyes,” inpatient drug addiction treatment center Orchid states. “Heroin can lower your blood pressure and heart rate which will result in improper blood supply, leading to your skin and nails having a bluish tint.”
9.Heroin. Many heroin users will also experience scabs on skin from picking. Individuals who suffer from said scabs often “scratch and pick at their skin, because opiates tend to cause you to itch. This can lead to acne, open sores, and scarring.”
10.Oxycodone. Classified as a Schedule II drug by the Controlled Substances Act, oxycodone has both psychological and physical side effects. Mainly, the drug causes bloodshot eyes and small pupils in its users, resulting in a tired, drowsy look.
11.Oxycodone. Other effects include: flushed skin and weight loss or gain. “With exposure to oxycodone, metabolic changes in cell with opioid receptors leads to slowed activity of the brain and digestive system, along with altered release of some hormones,” according to LiveStrong.
12.Alcohol. Booze dehydrates the body, leaving the skin — the body’s largest and most visible organ — extremely dry, as it’s been deprived of vital vitamins and nutrients. And if done long enough, drinking can eventually lead to rosacea.
13.Alcohol. “Long-term drinking causes something called rosacea, a skin disorder that starts with a tendency to blush and flush easily and can eventually lead to permanent facial disfigurement,” according to Orchid. It’s important to note that some drinks are worse than others, with red wine named top alcohol trigger for the condition.
14.Alcohol. What’s more, alcohol acts as a vasodilator, meaning it opens up the blood vessels which explains why you get a flush when you’ve had one too many shots. It can also cause your face to look bloated and puffy — even causing the nose to become bulbous. The good news: If you’re a “heavy drinker” and you stop drinking for a few days, you should see most of the damage naturally un-do itself.
15.Bottom line. Don’t do drugs. Seriously — if you like your looks and want to maintain them for as long as possible, steer clear of substances that will negatively alter your appearance over time. Honestly, just never go out.