Meth abuse causes physiological damage that includes the destruction of your brain’s pleasure centers, but the physical side effects associated with this drug are, quite frankly, horrific. While hair loss and rotting teeth are common physical traits among meth addicts, one of the most prevalent and shocking physical side effects of this drug come in the form of meth sores.
Meth and Your Face
Meth sores can occur on any part of the body, but are most commonly seen on the face, forehead and mouth. Although these sores look like acne or a light rash at first, they become easily infected and spread, eventually affecting large areas of skin. The resulting scars are considered an unavoidable symptom of regular meth use.
There are several factors which can contribute to the drug-related skin issue. Some of those factors include:
- Sores and scars around the mouth are commonly caused by smoking a pipe that’s too hot.
- Many meth addicts also suffer from fomication – a constant urge to scratch and pick at skin.
- Because meth use can constrict blood vessels, it reduces the supply of blood to the skin and ultimately slows the healing process associated with picking and scratching.
- Meth users also frequently sweat toxins out of their pores, which can further redden and damage the skin without proper hygienic care.
Healing the Damage
The good news is that most of the effects from meth sores aren’t permanent, as long as you get and stay clean. Areas that have formed scars can be reduced and show improved healing over time without further use of the drug.
Old and raised scarring may require the attention of a dermatologist in order to reduce visibility and promote the blending of scar tissue. However, if you continue to use meth, the scars will remain and likely worsen.
In many cases, believe it or not, the sores and scars will actually reappear after a relapse.
A Constant Reminder
It’s important to understand that some meth-related damage might not clear up. A study published last October by researchers from the University of Sydney in Australia found that chronic meth use led to structural damage in the brain similar to that of schizophrenics. The study found general behavioral sensitization, protein alterations and structural damage within the prefrontal cortex of the brain remained after lab rats were repeatedly given doses of meth.
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