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How Does Alcohol Affect Your Skin?

We experiment with countless serums and creams, schedule expensive facials, and consume excessive amounts of water in our pursuit of flawless skin, but there is a beyond simple step that we keep forgetting and that has been staring us in the face all this time: giving up (or significantly reducing) alcohol. 

If you needed one more reason to quit alcohol, in this article we are going to give you more than one!

Continue reading to understand why you need to quit and in what ways your skin and overall health will benefit from that.

Main concern-dehydration:

Alcohol is a diuretic, which means it causes the body to make and release more urine. This means that the body loses more water and salt than usual.

Because of this, drinking alcohol can cause dehydration, which may affect a person’s skin.

Effects of dehydration on the skin can include dry skin, sunken eyes, decreased elasticity, and dry lips which results in a lack of healthy glow and plumpness.

Having a glass of water in between each alcoholic drink may decrease the risk of dehydration.


Alcohol causes tissue inflammation, which results in a histamine response, and that causes the skin to become red and flushed. At first, you may say I am a little red, no big deal at least I don’t have to apply blush this time but if you continue drinking for—six months, a year, or two years—it can develop into a noticeable face redness that you can’t get rid of.

Nutrient deficiency:

How Does Alcohol Affect Your Skin?
How Does Alcohol Affect Your Skin?

Alcohol is a toxin with little nutrient value and can contribute to poorer liver function, reduced immunity, hormone disruption, cell damage and insulin issues all impacting on the quality of life, appearance and aging of your skin. 

A week after your last drink is when your skin really starts to see improvement.

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Dr. DonikaAbout the Author: Dr. Donika Vata is a medical doctor from Ferizaj, Kosovo. She studied general medicine from University of Hasan Prishtina.
She has been writing about medical and skincare related issue in journals, social media websites, and books. She was working for some well reputed clinics such as Telehealth Pro- Online consultations, German Cancer Center, and AppLMD. Dr. Donika was also volunteering in the Covid-19 pandemic.
Currently, she is working as a medical doctor and researcher in a dermatology clinic.

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