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Dex and skin effects over time.

Posted by Zenclearer on September 2, 2003, at 17:29:55

Calling all middle-aged dex users (or I suppose any amphetamine):

Have you noticed any long-term effects of dex use on your skin? Such as wrinkling (the way cigarette-smokers have more aged skin, due to reduced blood flow on skin surface).

Also, when you lower or stop your dex, do you get really dry skin at first? I do. I think it's an effect related to overall disruption of metabolism and/or hormone levels.

I read an interesting study recently speculating that Wellbutrin (which regulated norep levels) has positive effects on psirosis. They speculate that increased norep and dopamine may reduce levels of tumor necrosis factor (an imflammatory factor related to psriosis accerated skin turn-over). This made sense to me, as I get much fewer inflammatory (atopic) skin probs on amphetamines.

But recently, I've noticed less elasticity in my skin overall (a normal fact of aging, for sure!); but this effect seems to have come on rather quickly in the last year, during which time I've take a bit more dex than the previous year.

I do exercise, so I think I am doing my part there to keep skin healthy. Perhaps it's related to declining estrogen levels. But I'd like to hear from others.

Any knowledge, observations, or thoughts?




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