How Drug Abuse Destroys Your Skin and Complexion

Drug addiction affects your body, causing serious and long-lasting health problems. The condition of your skin and the health of your complexion may be an indicator of more serious problems.

Your Skin Affects Your Self Confidence

When your health is poor, it shows. Drug use may not make much difference in your appearance in the early stages, but over time, it will take its toll.1 The appearance of your health and your skin can affect your self-esteem as well as your social relationships and opportunities. Your skin and complexion may be an indicator of more serious problems in the works.

Take a look at the following signs of poor complexion, and see what you skin is telling you:

Dark Spots+

Dry, Flaky Skin+

Chapped, Peeling Lips+

Uneven Skin Tone & Blotchiness+




The condition of your physical health and your mental health is more important than the condition of your skin and appearance. But those can offer telling signs that should not be ignored. When your daily life is affected by drug and alcohol use, those substances control every part of your existence.

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Get Drug Abuse Help Now

If drug use is taking a toll on your body or you see it in your loved one, it is time to seek help. We are here to support you. Our toll-free helpline, 844-496-9429, is staffed by caring and professional admissions coordinators. We can help you find licensed treatment, rehab, detox, family support and more. Please call our confidential helpline now to find out how we can help you.


Stampler, Laura, “These Photos Show How Heroin, Cocaine and Oxycodone Change Your Appearance Over Time.” Time. March 24, 2014.

“Cocaine.” National Institute on Drug Abuse. June 2016.

Castagnoli, Francesca, “Fix Your Top Skin Complexion Problems.” October 29, 2013.

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