Now Christmas holidays are over and you’re done with all the alcoholic parties, you are probably curious about the effect of all these alcoholic drinks on your skin. We all know that excessive drinking has many downsides for our overall health but what exactly are the effects of alcohol on your skin? Is alcohol really as bad for the skin as sometimes said? In this blog we explain you why going alcohol-free in January (or any other month) can help get your skin back on track.
THE MAJOR DISADVANTAGES OF ALCOHOL FOR YOUR SKIN
Alcohol may disrupt our ‘body-clock’, making it hard to sleep during the night. This can be disadvantageous for our skin as the sleeping phase is crucial for our body and skin to recharge. When we sleep, our body and mind recharge. Physiological changes occur: our body temperature and blood pressure drop, our breathing slows down and our body produces hormones. Each in their own way stimulate the recovery and regeneration of the skin. Would you like to read more about this topic? Take a look at our previous blogpost “Beauty and sleep”
Alcohol is a diuretic, meaning it will force water out of the body. After drinking, a disturbed moisture balance arises and vitamins and minerals are withdrawn from the body. The body will even have difficulties getting rehydrated afterwards. This disturbed balance will not only cause headache (hangover), it also leads to a dehydrated skin. Considering that hydration is one of the most important factors for a healthy and glowing skin, dehydration will cause fine lines and wrinkles to be more visible due to the lack of water. Therefore, it is important to drink lots of water to restore the water balance.
Prolonged drinking can lead to chronic dehydration and disruption of the skin barrier’s function.
A common problem of drinking - directly related to the sugars and carbohydrates found in alcoholic drinks - is the occurrence of pimples and breakouts. Increased blood sugar and insulin levels lead to a higher androgen production. This imbalance in hormone levels may influence the sebum production of the skin and lead to pimple breakouts. One drink will not cause acne breakouts but frequently drinking may influence acne, mainly for young people.
Alcohol works as a vasodilator, meaning it affects the blood vessels in the skin. Blood vessels dilate (widen) and result in facial redness. What initially looks like innocent ‘flushing’, frequent alcohol consumption might result in persistent redness that, when left untreated, progresses into a (serious) skin condition such as rosacea. A skin condition you can’t get easily away from…
Although everyone’s skin will react differently to alcohol, unfortunately we can conclude that alcohol is bad for every skin. As explained above, alcohol negatively influences the skin based on different mechanisms. Of course, we should not exaggerate the fact that alcohol is bad for your skin! An occasional drink will not cause serious damage to your skin. It is only when you consume alcohol for a long time or in large quantities that the skin actually suffers damage. As with many things in life, you should find the right balance…
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