Clogged pores, puberty, and stress are all common causes of acne. But what about drinking alcohol?
Alcohol, in excess, isn't recommended for many reasons including liver failure, risk of dependency, and heart disease. But throwing back a few too many drinks could also detrimentally affect your skin.
You might be wondering, "What does my favorite cocktail have to do with my acne breakouts?" The truth is, more than you think!
So, what exactly is the connection between alcohol and acne? And does alcohol cause acne? Isn't a glass of wine healthy?
Keep reading to discover those answers and more, plus helpful tips on nourishing your skin from the inside out.
Why Does Alcohol Cause Acne?
While alcohol use might not be the only cause of your acne, it's probably not helping matters much.
Alcohol affects your body (and skin) in four specific ways -- dehydration, hormonal imbalance, inflammation, and increased risk of skin conditions like rosacea.
This is alcohol's biggest culprit when it comes to skin care and acne prevention.
If you've ever woken up after a night of drinking and been completely parched, you know all too well how alcohol will dehydrate the body. You probably also know that moisturizing your skin is a must to maintain a gorgeous glow.
Moisture is what protects your skin against irritation and helps produce and maintain healthy cells. Dry, irritated skin is more prone to breakouts and acne.
Your skin will no doubt feel the effects of alcohol-induced dehydration.
Not to mention, alcoholic beverages are loaded with sugar and empty calories. Every sip is depleting your body and skin of much-needed nutrients.
Too much alcohol consumption can also compromise your immune system, eventually causing cell damage.
Hormones are responsible for a host of bodily functions. When your hormone levels are imbalanced, you may experience mood swings, extreme fatigue, and yes, acne!
That's why so many teens suffer from acne during puberty. Alcohol consumption can also cause a hormonal imbalance, triggering unwanted and embarrassing breakouts.
Alcohol overstimulates the sebaceous glands which are responsible for oil production in the skin. This excess oil then mixes with surface bacteria and dead skin, clogging pores and causing breakouts.
Inflammation is another unpleasant side effect of too much booze.
Alcohol causes an influx of blood to rush to your body tissues, causing inflammation. This puts your skin under extreme pressure and stress, which can cause acne breakouts and, over time, premature aging.
When your skin becomes inflamed you may notice redness, blotchiness, dry skin, cracks, pimples, and even itching or burning in extreme cases.
Increased Risk of Skin Conditions
Speaking of redness, itching, and burning, rosacea is a common and unpleasant skin irritation that may be brought on by alcohol use.
In fact, rosacea flare-ups are closely related to white wine consumption. One study shows that white wine causes a widening of the blood vessels in your face, increasing flushing and redness.
While white wine may not cause rosacea it does put women, specifically, at greater risk for developing the condition. It may also cause a flare-up for those who've already been diagnosed with rosacea.
Not ready to part with your wine? You don't have to! Just swap that Pinot Grigio for a glass of Merlot.
Red wine contains an antioxidant known as resveratrol, which helps your skin purge harmful free radicals.
How to Safely Consume Alcohol (and Still Have Great Skin)
By now you might be panicking. Does this mean I can never drink alcohol again? The answer is no!
An occasional drink (and the right ones) are relatively harmless and won't compromise the health or appearance of your skin. Most of these damaging effects occur following excessive drinking over a long period of time.
When you do choose to indulge in a cocktail (or two), opt for clear liquors, like vodka, gin, or tequila, and red wine. Avoid darker liquors like rum and whiskey, which have more additives like sugar and salt.
Try drinking one glass of water for every alcoholic beverage you have. This will not only prevent you from getting too intoxicated, too quickly, but it'll keep your skin hydrated and healthy.
Adopt a Healthy Skincare Routine
Your first (and best) defense against acne caused by alcohol is to adopt a healthy skincare routine -- and follow it!
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Say Good-Bye to Acne and Hello to Cocktail Hour
Have you noticed a correlation between your alcohol consumption and your acne breakouts? Were you left wondering, "Does alcohol cause acne?"
Well, now you know!
Drinking too much alcohol (or the wrong kinds) can dehydrate your skin, cause irritation, and wreak havoc on your immune system.
The good news is, by making smart choices and adopting a healthy skincare routine using only the best products, you can reclaim that beautiful glow and say good-bye to blemishes for good.
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