Facial sores are a visible side effect of using methamphetamine, known as crystal meth or meth. They usually occur because methamphetamine causes a person to scratch and scratch their skin, but they can also result from the toxic effects of the drug. Sores can take weeks or months to heal and often leave scars.
Methamphetamine is a powerful and addictive stimulant that can cause significant damage to a person’s health and appearance.
In the short term, it causes an increase in breathing, heart rate and blood pressure. Long-term use can lead to significant weight loss, paranoia, hallucinations, and mental health issues.
This article discusses meth-related facial sores and other signs of meth use. It also examines how people who use methamphetamine can find help and support.
“Methamphetamine Face” is a term people use to describe the physical effects that meth use can have. A person’s appearance can change dramatically after chronic methamphetamine use.
Effects may include sores and lesions on the skin and premature aging.
Lesions are often the result of tingling of the skin, a common side effect of methamphetamine use. Constant picking can lead to open wounds that can become infected. The skin may appear discolored or have blemishes that look like acne or a rash.
In addition, methamphetamine use can cause wrinkles, dark spots, and hardening of the skin.
Methamphetamine also affects facial symmetry. A 2020 study looked into this phenomenon. The authors note that facial asymmetry increases slightly with age, regardless of drug use. However, people who use methamphetamine have exaggerated facial asymmetry.
Severe tooth decay and gum disease are other consequences of methamphetamine use. “Methamphetamine mouth” can cause teeth to break or fall out, affecting a person’s oral health and appearance.
A 2015 study of 571 people who used methamphetamine found that 96% had cavities, 58% had dental cavities, and 31% had six or more missing teeth. People who use methamphetamine often have black, stained, rotten teeth. Significant damage is likely due to dry mouth, poor oral hygiene, and the acidic nature of the drug.
Methamphetamine facial sores are often the result of a person scratching and scratching the skin, which is a common side effect of meth use. Constant picking can lead to open wounds that can become infected.
Methamphetamine is a water soluble drug. Therefore, a person using the drug may sweat toxic methamphetamine from their pores. Scientists detected methamphetamine in sweat 2 hours after use, with traces remaining for more than a week after multiple doses. Sweat that contains methamphetamine toxins can damage the skin and cause sores to form.
Methamphetamine mites are imaginary insects or bugs that people who use meth can “smell”. A person perceives these mites because of a tactile hallucination called formication. Feeling these crawling sensations without physical stimulation is a form of
The crawling sensation occurs due to the combination of high body temperature, which leads to sweating and oily skin, as well as dehydration.
The sensation of meth mites is so overwhelming that individuals may begin to intensely scratch and scratch their skin in an attempt to get rid of the bugs.
Experts believe that
Methamphetamine sores occur when imaginary meth mites cause scratching and picking of the skin. Meth sores can also result from burns from meth paraphernalia, a weakened immune system, poor personal hygiene, and infection.
There is no specific treatment for meth sores other than general wound care.
If a person has open sores, it is important to keep them clean, dry, and free of debris to help prevent infection. They may also use a topical antibiotic cream to help kill bacteria and promote healing.
Anyone who has methamphetamine sores should avoid scratching or scraping them, as this can introduce germs into the sores.
Methamphetamine is a highly addictive drug that can have serious short and long term effects on a person’s physical and mental health.
Short-term effects may include:
- increased breathing rate
- fast or irregular heartbeat
- high blood pressure
- increased body temperature
- increased levels of arousal and activity
- decreased appetite
Besides skin sensations and sores, some of the long-term risks and dangers of meth use include:
- an increased risk of contracting diseases such as HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C
- significant weight loss
- serious dental problems
- anxiety and confusion
- sleep problems
- violent behavior
Additionally, continued methamphetamine use leads to changes in the structure, function, and dopamine system of the brain. This can lead to problems with coordination, verbal learning, memory, and other cognitive functions.
Some changes may eventually reverse when a person stops using the drug, but others may be irreversible.
Support is available for people with methamphetamine use disorders. Asking for help is the beginning of the road to recovery.
Treatment for methamphetamine use disorder often includes behavioral therapy, counseling, and medication. Additionally, various residential and outpatient programs are available, so it is important to find one that suits the individual.
A good place to start is to speak with a doctor who can refer you to a treatment center. People can also use the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s behavioral health treatment services locator.
Methamphetamine face is a term people use to describe the visible signs of meth use. These signs can include sores, skin infections, dry skin, facial asymmetry, premature aging, and a sunken, sunken appearance. In addition, severe tooth decay often characterizes methamphetamine use.
Facial sores caused by meth usually occur when someone who has taken meth intensely scratches and scratches their skin because they have hallucinations of mites crawling on it. Burns from meth paraphernalia or an infection can also cause meth sores, as can sweat containing toxins from the drug.
Methamphetamine is a highly addictive drug that has serious short and long term effects on a person’s physical and mental health. Therefore, anyone having difficulty abstaining from using the drug should seek help as soon as possible.