How Drugs Affect Your Looks and Your Body


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Here are some of the ways drugs can change your physical appearance and your body—for the worse.

Your skin

Steroids cause acne breakouts on your face and body. Meth causes acne, dull skin, and self-inflicted wounds from picking at your face and body because you think that bugs are crawling under your skin, leaving sores and scars. And don’t forget those needle marks and collapsed veins if you shoot up any drugs!

Your hair

Steroids can cause baldness in men and facial hair and baldness in women.

Your chest

Steroids can cause development of breasts in males.

Your nose

Snorting cocaine can lead to nosebleeds and a decreased sense of smell. Eventually it can entirely destroy the cartilage in your nose. 


Meth causes a decrease in appetite, causing you to look thin and skeletal. Steroids can cause you to stop growing – you may never reach your full adult height.


Smoking marijuana can cause breathing diseases, including a chronic cough, bronchitis, and emphysema, and lung inflammation and lung infection.


Ecstasy and meth raise your body temperature, causing dehydration, which restricts blood flow to the kidneys and may result in kidney failure.


Meth causes dry mouth, teeth clenching, and poor dental hygiene, resulting in meth mouth – rotten teeth, gum disease, and bad breath.


Stimulants, like cocaine and meth, cause irregular heartbeats, heart attack, stroke, blood clots, heart damage, or sudden death. Inhalants can cause a rapid or irregular heartbeat, leading to heart failure and death. Fatal cardiac slowdown can be caused by sedatives, prescription pain medication, or opioids. Mix alcohol with any of these drugs and you increase your risk of coma and death!


Drugs + Your Body: It Isn't Pretty

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Check out this poster from NIDA (National Institute on Drug Abuse) to see up close how drastically drugs can affect your looks and body.

Source: National Institute on Drug Abuse