How does drinking alcohol affect your skin? The answer to this question isn’t as simple as you might think, which is why we’ve put together a guide to help you figure out what’s really going on with your skin after you drink alcohol. We’ll go over what exactly happens to your skin when you consume alcohol, how the damage can be minimized and how to keep your skin looking great year-round. Stay tuned!
It’s no secret that drinking too much alcohol is bad for your body, but it can have a real effect on your skin. A number of different factors make alcohol and your skin a dangerous mix, which can lead to things like premature aging, dehydration, and even wrinkling. If you want to avoid these effects and maintain healthy-looking skin in addition to overall health, try limiting or cutting out alcohol consumption. Here’s what happens when you drink alcohol—and what you can do about it.
Immediate Effects of Alcohol on Skin
The liver and kidneys work together to filter out foreign substances from our bodies, including things we consume. When alcohol is consumed, it passes through our intestines and liver. While there is a small amount of alcohol that passes directly into your bloodstream, most of it stays in your intestines for several hours. While some alcohol does immediately enter your bloodstream, immediate effects are likely not going to be noticeable because alcohol interferes with receptors in your skin. When you drink alcohol regularly, however, studies show that you have an increased risk of developing conditions like rosacea. Rosacea causes redness on face areas like cheeks and nose due to vascular problems in those areas.
Long-Term Effects of Alcohol on Skin
We all know that drinking too much can have negative health effects, but did you know that excessive alcohol consumption over a long period of time can also damage your skin? The main culprit here is acetaldehyde (the primary ingredient in hangover), which has been shown to cause a range of issues like dryness, redness, inflammation and swelling. Long-term heavy drinkers may even notice premature skin aging! If you regularly drink alcohol and have noticed changes in your skin (red spots, rashes or flaking), it could be due to your habits. To protect your body and keep it young-looking, we recommend avoiding chronic drinking habits or at least cutting back.
Tips For Healthy Skin While Enjoying Alcohol
Drink lots of water: When you drink alcohol, your body loses some water through sweating and urinary excretion. Because water supports healthy cells, drink a lot of it while you’re drinking alcohol in order to prevent dehydration and breakouts. Enjoy clear alcohols: Clear liquors like vodka are considered best for your skin. That’s because their neutral flavor means they do not contain strong ingredients that will irritate sensitive skin.
Beauty Benefits of Moderate Drinking
While it’s true that alcohol can dehydrate you, it’s a myth that having two drinks in one sitting is enough to make your skin glow. That's because it takes four or five hours for alcohol to work its way out of your system. Whether you're drinking or not, as long as you aren't dehydrated, your skin will look and feel healthier if you are eating well and getting enough sleep. If you like a glass of wine with dinner but struggle with breakouts after your two-drink limit is reached, water may be helping – drink some water before going out for that nightcap! It will keep those pimples at bay.