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Ask Dr. Schultz | Skin Care Guides | The Truth About Alcohol and Your Skin

The Truth About Alcohol and Your Skin

That pounding headache, nausea, and overall awful-feeling isn't the only side effect of overdoing it on the vodka tonics. Your skin suffers, too. Have you ever noticed how puffy and sallow your skin looks after a night of heavy drinking? Alcohol dehydrates your body, and your skin, causing small blood vessels to dilate and widen, allowing more blood to flow close to the skin's surface. That's where puffy eyelids and bloated appearance come from. For those who are acne prone or suffer from rosacea, a weekend of celebration can cause a breakout. 

Can your glass of Pinot Grigio really age you? 

"Alcohol prematurely ages the skin because it dehydrates it, robbing precious moisture and often significantly worsening skin conditions such as psoriasis," said Dr. Schultz.  So (unfortunately) limiting your alcohol intake can help your complexion. Research indicates that women who average two drinks a day, four days a week are more than twice as likely to develop melanoma than women who don't drink (keep in mind, this is correlation, not causation).

The next time you have a cocktail, keep Dr. Schultz's tip in mind: Try drinking at least eight ounces of water before consumption and then eight ounces of water per drink to stay hydrated. This method will also help keep the dreaded hangover at bay. 

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