Most people know how drug addiction negatively affects the teeth, the brain, and the body in general. What most people don’t consider is how it affects the skin. Drug addiction is a nightmare for your skin, causing dryness, stabbing, irritation, and other negative effects.
Whether you’re going through addiction recovery, or you’ve come out the other side, you’re likely looking for a way to restore your skin to its former glory. Here are some helpful tips.
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Stick to a Nutritional Diet
With hard drug use comes liver damage, and with liver damage comes issues with processing food.
When you sustain liver damage from a Percocet addiction, or other hard drug problem, your liver stops absorbing nutrients as efficiently. This leads to vitamin deficiencies, which directly hurts your skin. You could notice your skin gets dry, waxy, or flaky.
During and after addiction recovery, you should strive to get all your necessary vitamins. Particularly, try to get all the B1, B6, B3 and A as you can. This includes things like:
- Lettuce/leafy greens
- High fibre foods
- Low sugar foods
By sticking to a healthy diet, you’ll flush your body of toxins and help improve your liver function. On that note, you should also avoid drinking too much caffeine, and intaking too much caffeine. Caffeine dehydrates the skin in excess, and nicotine can slow the skin’s healing process
If you stick to a proper diet, you’ll notice your skin start to recover over time.
Practice Proper Hygiene
It’s important to keep your hygiene in tip-top shape as a recovering addict.
Certain drugs cause lesions, cracks, and irritation on the skin. Some of this may come from scratching. If these wounds get dirty they’ll get infected, thus causing a host of new skin problems.
Shower one to two times a day, wash your whole body with a neutral soap, and wear clean clothes. Make sure to scrub yourself thoroughly. Stick to a strict hygiene schedule that includes showers, brushing your teeth, and washing your hands regularly.
Not only are these good tips to follow for recovering addicts, they’re good practices to continue to follow after you’re fully recovered.
If you have dry, broken, cracked, or wrinkled skin, it’s important to moisturize regularly.
Find a good moisturizer and face scrub and use it daily. Apply multiple times per day if you need to. Experiment with different moisturizers until you find one that works for you.
Try and find a moisturizer with skin-hydrating and restoring properties. You can ask your doctor for recommendations. If you have excessive wrinkles due to drug addiction, find a moisturizer that helps fight wrinkles, too.
Drug addiction often leads to dry lips, so get some chapstick, too. You can apply this throughout the day as needed.
Drink Plenty of Water
Just as you need to drink water when you’re thirsty, you also need to drink water when your skin is thirsty.
Dry skin is common in Percocet addiction, prescription medication addiction, as well as cocaine and opiate addiction. If you’re in addiction recovery for a skin-drying drug, drink as much water as you can throughout the day. Try to get at least the recommended eight glasses of water per day.
You can also drink healthy juices like mango and strawberry, as these are high in vitamin C. Vitamin C helps restore your skin. If you’re sick of all the water, get some low-sugar, all-natural juices and drink up.
Try Skin Healing Herbs
If you’re interested in a natural solution, there are a number of herbs that support healthy skin.
Lavender, for one, has antiseptic properties that can help stimulate your body’s healing functions. This will help damaged skin heal quicker. Use lavender before bed, as it also helps induce sleep.
Dandelion is a popular detoxifying herb, as it helps purify the blood of toxins. Calendula is a great anti-inflammatory herb, and can help reduce skin irritation and calm redness. Witch Hazel can help greatly with any acne, as well as dry, flaky skin.
Chamomile also has regenerative and calming properties, as does echinacea. You can get these herbs in cream form, or in the form of a tea. This makes it easy to apply and take.
Get Plenty of Sleep
Sleep is the ultimate medicine for many issues, including damaged skin.
When you sleep, your circulation improves and collagen is produced. Both of these effects lead to healthier skin. Try to get between 6 and 8 hours of sleep per night or more if you’re suffering from a lack of sleep, as many recovering addicts do.
Getting to sleep can be hard during addiction recovery. Withdrawals and anxiety often lead to insomnia, making it hard to get any adequate sleep. If this describes you, don’t be afraid to use an appropriate sleep aid.
Ask an addiction recovery expert or doctor before using a sleep aid. Depending on the type of addiction you had, some sleep aids may not be viable. If you need a natural solution, you can try drinking a good bedtime tea.
Addiction Recovery & Healing Your Skin
Whether you’re currently in addiction recovery or not, you need to take care of your skin to return it to its former beauty. Take the tips above into account and try them out to restore your skin as a recovering addict. You’ll look like a whole new person in no time.
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