8 Bad Skin Habits That'll Shock You
You know your diet coke addiction and sunbathing ways are bad for your skin, but read on to see the mistakes you don't even realize you're making
Skin sin no. 5: Using recreational drugsWhile there are obvious health reasons to avoid recreational drugs, now there's another (disgusting) consequence that can result if you just say yes: You could find crusty, purplish areas of dead skin on your body that have a good chance of getting infected. Gross.
A recent study in the "Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology" found that patients with this rare disorder, Purpura, all had traces of levamisole in their blood -- a de-worming drug that was found in 70 percent of confiscated cocaine in 2009, according to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.
"We believe these cases of skin reactions and illnesses linked to contaminated cocaine are just the tip of the iceberg in a looming public health problem posed by levamisole," say the study authors. While the de-wormer has been found in cocaine since 2003, drug enforcement officials have found its levels in recreational drugs have risen in recent years due to its efficacy as a diluting agent. As we learned during our elementary school days, the clear message here is don't do drugs. Especially if you don't want ugly, painful purple sores.
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