Korean J Fam Med 2012; 33(2): 105-109  
Changes in Skin Color after Smoking Cessation
Young Hye Cho, Dong Wook Jeong*, Sang Hee Seo1, Sang Yeoup Lee, Eun Jung Choi, Yun Jin Kim2, Jeong Gyu Lee2, Yu-Hyun Lee2, Mi Jin Bae2, Hyun Woo Chin1
Family Medicine Clinic and Research Institute of Convergence of Biomedical Science and Technology, 1Department of Dermatology, Pusan National University Yangsan Hospital, Pusan National University School of Medicine, Yangsan; 2Department of Family Medicine, Pusan National University Hospital, Pusan National University School of Medicine,
Busan, Korea
Published online: March 20, 2012.
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This study was performed to assess changes in skin color over 1 month after smoking cessation. The study population consisted of 49 men who participated in a smoking cessation program from March 2010 to June 2010 at a public health centre in Yangsan, South Korea. Thirty-four men who stop smoking completely were included in our study. Instrumental evaluations of skin color were performed using Mexameter (MX 18; Courage and Khazaka Electronic GmbH) at the beginning of the study and at 1-week and 4-week follow-up visits. Skin color was evaluated by measurement of 2 main color bases-melanin and haemoglobin-with the results expressed as melanin index (MI) and erythema index (EI). Both MI and EI were signifi cantly reduced at the 4-week follow-up visit on all 7 sites measured. We anticipate that desirable effects on skin color after smoking cessation will play a positive role in maintaining smoking abstinence in routine clinical practice.
Keywords: Smoking Cessation; Skin; Color; Melanins; Erythema

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