How Alcohol Consumption Affects Skin Health

alcohol consumption and skin health issues provided by Chicago dermatologist Dr. Nilam Amin

Enjoying a glass of wine or beer after a hard day’s work or having a drink or two at a holiday party is enjoyable. However, consuming too much alcohol can have negative effects, including on your skin. It can cause dry skin, flushing, dark circles, and decreased elasticity.

Here are the top three issues with excessive alcohol intake and the skin:

  • Dehydration: Dehydration can sap your skin of moisture and elasticity, leading to sagginess, dryness, and wrinkles. Since your body is composed of water and your skin is the largest organ, water is key. Think of water as an internal moisturizer, one you can add continuously throughout the day.
  • Blood Vessel Dilation: When you drink alcohol, the blood vessels just beneath the surface of your skin dilate, causing redness or flushing and worsening the appearance of blood vessels in the skin. For those who abuse alcohol, this effect can become permanent, giving a very uneven, unhealthy-looking complexion.
  • Pre-Existing Conditions: Drinking alcohol can cause flare-ups of certain chronic skin conditions, such as rosacea and psoriasis, which makes treating these diseases more difficult. Minimizing your consumption of alcohol should be part of your treatment for managing any pre-existing skin condition.

How To Reverse Effects of Alcohol on Skin

It is possible to improve the health and beauty of your skin by following a few simple steps:

  1. Stop drinking alcohol OR at least cut down!
  2. Increase water intake.
  3. Use facial moisturizer regularly.
  4. Eat a nutrient-rich diet.
  5. Consult with us to help you set up and maintain an effective home and professional skin care plan.

Reduce Overall Alcohol Intake 

Overall, reducing the consumption of alcohol will result in better skin. So, enjoy your holiday parties. Toast to your successes. All the while, we strongly recommend you practice moderation, make sure to stay hydrated with water, and be safe.

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