How does alcohol effect skin?

For the majority of us the festive seasons and weekends are all about love, laughter and a naughty tipple or two.

It is easy to over indulge on the alcoholic beverages, however drinking too much can have negative effects on your skin.

We are all partial to an alcoholic beverage every now and then and we’ve all experienced the dry mouth and pounding headache the morning after. These effects are the most obvious signs that alcohol is dehydrating but the dehydration also takes its toll on the skin.

Regular, heavy drinking can have more permanent, detrimental effects on the skin and your general health. If you are dehydrated too often you will age faster and develop lines and wrinkles. It will also make your skin look dull and lifeless.

As well as the dehydrating effect that alcohol has, some drinks also contain ingredients that can damage your skin. Alcoholic drinks contain toxins that, over time, will damage the liver. In serious cases, that can lead to fatal liver damage, but even with small amounts of alcohol entering the body’s system on a regular basis it can lead to your skin looking pasty and producing larger pores. The body is also deprived from vital nutrients, including the ones that are needed for healthy skin when we regular amounts of alcohol are consumed.

If you drink too much on a regular basis, the lack of protein and vitamins getting to your skin will age you.

Over time, heavy drinking can cause permanent damage to your skin and one of the most common, noticeable effects that it can have is that it can contribute to the formation of rosaceaHowever, please note that alcohol is not the only cause of Rosacea. It can also cause premature ageing many alcoholic drinks contain congeners and it’s believed that they speed up the ageing process. Overloaded sugary alcoholic drinks can cause cell damage faster than it would on its own, this leads to loss of elasticity in the skin and as a result wrinkles set upon us earlier than we would prefer.

There is evidence that red wine can aggravate skin conditions. In one survey, 76% of people who suffer with intermittent rosacea said that drinking red wine caused the condition to flare up. Red wine can also cause an increase in the release of histamine into the body, which can cause severe flushing.

Another side effect of alcohol is that it disrupts the REM sleep cycle and that will lead to puffy eyes and dark circles under the eyes, it is also widely believed that cellulite is aggravated by toxins and as stated previously alcohol contains toxins.

We hope you find the above useful and should you have any questions or concerns about your skin health or how we could help you, please contact us, we are here to help!

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