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Alcohol and your skin
We spend a lot of time making sure that what we put on our skin is healthy
But what about what we put in our skin? What we eat and drink?
That has a huge effect on how our skin looks and feels
I’ve become really interested in how our lifestyle choices affect our well being.
So, in this article, we’ll be taking a closer look at alcohol and its effect on our skin
You might think its shallow to have concerns about how we look but our outside is very often an indicator of what is going on inside. Our skin can be a good indicator of our general health and well being, so its an important factor in overall health
SOME ALCOHOL FACTS
The Australian adult guidelines for alcohol tell us that we should have no more than 10 standard drinks per week but one in four Australians over the age of 18 exceed this amount
This has ramifications for our health in many different areas.
(How alcohol affects your health | healthdirect)
National institute of alcohol abuse and alcoholism)
So what about alcohol and skin?
“Alcohol is actually one of the worst, most aggressive compounds to destroy your skin,” says New York nutritionist Jairo Rodriguez
Alcohol dehydrates your skin, which results in wrinkles and fine lines,
Alcohol inflames tissue and causes redness and inflammation of the skin.” (Vogue magazine December 31 2022)
One or two drinks occasionally is unlikely to cause a noticeable change to your skin
However, dehydration and redness to some degree can occur every time you drink and if you drink regularly the effects on your skin can start to be lasting. Skin looks dehydrated and facial redness starts to be an ongoing problem. Skin becomes dry, lips can be cracked, eyes are sunken and your skin can lose elasticity
It’s a good idea to drink lots of water when drinking alcohol
Alcohol can stimulate the release of histamines, which can cause the blood vessels under the skin to dilate. This can make a person’s complexion look flushed or inflamed.
Because drinking alcohol causes facial flushing, it can worsen rosacea symptoms. Alcohol is not the cause of roseacea
However, drinking alcohol can increase the chances of developing rosacea
Drinking causes all sorts of sleep disruptions. Alcohol causes us to wake more during the night and to have less REM sleep. It can exacerbate the condition of sleep aponea, leading to low mood, low energy and tiredness. Sleep disruption can lead to these skin changes:
Psoriasis and dermatitis can be exacerbated by drinking
Psoriasis is an autoimmune inflammatory condition that causes patches of thickened scaly skin that can be irritating and painful
According to DermNet.org, drinking large amounts of alcohol can increase a person’s risk of developing psoriasis. It can also cause psoriasis to become resistant to treatment.
Drinking alcohol can also worsen the condition of psoriasis which could be because alcohol weakens the immune system.
Dermatitis has been observed to be more common in heavy drinkers
Alcohol consumption is the most common cause of porphyria cutanea tarda (PCT). This condition causes painful, blistering lesions on the skin following exposure to the sun.
Regularly drinking alcohol increases the risk of liver, pancreatic, and breast cancer. It also increases the risk of skin cancer including squamous cell carcinoma, basal cell carcinoma, and melanoma. Alcohol is also associated with an increased risk of oral cancer.
The reasons why excessive alcohol consumption might cause cancer include:
In terms of your skin, The main problem with alcohol occasionally is that its dehydrates your skin, can cause redness and can exacerbate many skin issues
However, most of the lasting health effects from alcohol on your skin and your body are only a worry if you’re drinking regularly and of course, its up to you to define regularly.
This is from the the website of the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)
“To reduce the risk of harm from alcohol-related disease or injury, healthy men and women should drink no more than 10 standard drinks a week and no more than 4 standard drinks on any one day.
The less you drink, the lower your risk of harm from alcohol.”