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How Drugs Affect Your Face

How Drugs Affect Your Face

As a drug detox center in Florida, we know that substance abuse can lead to lasting and irreversible damage to several parts of a person’s life.

Not only can drugs impact your health, but drugs also affect your face and physical appearance over time. With prolonged use, you may struggle to recognize the person in the mirror looking back at you.

What Drugs Do to Your Face Over Time

While some drugs are more harmful than others, the face of a drug addict is sometimes accompanied by noticeable changes in appearance and cosmetic damage. How severely drugs affect your face will depend on several factors including the drugs being used, the extent of the drug addiction, drug interactions, the person’s health as well as the person’s skincare routine and hygiene habits.

With prolonged abuse, the effects of drugs on your face may include:

  • Bloodshot eyes or blood clots in the eyes
  • Droopy or retracted eyelids
  • Sunken eyes
  • Appearance of aging
  • Skin sores and blemishes
  • Dental damage and problems around the mouth

It is not uncommon for someone on drugs to have bloodshot eyes, but long-term abuse can lead to permanent damage. In some cases, these problems may even extend to the eyelids and surrounding skin, leading to even more noticeable appearance changes.1 Sunken eyes from drugs can also make someone appear older than they are as it is often a sign of normal aging. Damage to the skin’s elasticity can cause wrinkles and is also a large contributing factor to the appearance of false aging.

Methamphetamine especially can lead to many problems, and its collective damage is sometimes referred to as meth face. It tends to be one of the most damaging drugs on a person’s physical appearance with obvious changes. A long-term user of meth may look much older, have noticeably poor dental health, and have open sores or acne-like blemishes from picking their skin because of meth mites.

How to Combat the Effects of Drugs on Your Face

If you want to reverse or minimize the effects of drug abuse on your face, your first step should be to stop abusing them. The longer you have been abusing drugs, the more the drugs will affect your face in a negative way and the harder it will be to reverse this damage. Cosmetic help alone may lead to minor improvements, but continuing to use these drugs will only make matters worse. Professional treatment programs like at our Treasure Coast drug rehab can help you quit these drugs for good so that real progress can begin.

Drugs affect your face in several ways, but once you are sober, some of these effects may naturally go away. If you want to speed up the process or for those more severe cosmetic changes, you should see a dermatologist. They may be able to prescribe or recommend certain medications or products that can help with the healing process. A regular skincare routine may be necessary to see improvements, but in some cases, the effects may not be entirely reversible.

At Banyan Detox Stuart, we offer everything from methamphetamine detox to treatment for a drinking problem. Avoid falling victim to the noticeable before and after-effects of drug use on your face as well as the other dangerous effects that come with a substance abuse problem by getting help. If you or someone you care about has a drug or alcohol problem, start the journey to sobriety today.

To learn more about the process or to get started, do not hesitate to reach out to us at 888-280-4763.



  1. NCBI - Illicit drugs: Effects on eye
Alyssa, Director of Digital Marketing
Alyssa, Director of Digital Marketing
Alyssa is the National Director of Digital Marketing and is responsible for a multitude of integrated campaigns and events in the behavioral health and addictions field. All articles have been written by Alyssa and medically reviewed by our Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Darrin Mangiacarne.
How Drugs Affect Your Face
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