Effects of Alcohol on the Skin11 Nov 2019 / Posted by The New York Laser Clinic
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NEVER mind the sore head in the morning – your boozing could be completely ruining your looks.
We already know that alcohol can have some pretty nasty effects on the body, it’s a toxin after all.
And those toxins can affect your liver, your heart and even your skin and hair.
Experts have warned booze can cause dark circles and bags to form under your eyes.
And it can leave your skin dry and flaky and even spotty, with wrinkles forming and your hair left brittle and even likely to fall out.
Dean Nathanson, chief executive of CACI, a non-surgical anti-ageing facial treatment, said: “Consumption of over 14 units of alcohol in one night will take a 40-year-old woman’s skin nearly a month to recover fully.
“The toxic effect of the alcohol and sugar remain in the skin long after the hangover feeling has subsided.” So yep, the more you drink the greater your chances of losing your good looks.
Giving up alcohol has left this man with a glowing complexion.
Here we look at exactly what could be happening to your face when you drink too much alcohol
1. Brittle hair
Alcohol causes dehydration and boosts toxins in your body which in term can damage your hair follicles.
Dr Clare Morrison, from MedExpress, told The Sun Online: “Alcohol is a diuretic, meaning it increases our need to urinate which dehydrates the body at a very quick rate.
“A lack of hydration of the skin can cause a loss in the strength and elasticity which can lead to damage in the follicles swell as the hair shaft.”
“Dehydration from drinking can also make your liver work even harder, this is because with less water present, more toxins will be plaguing your body.”
“For hair loss sufferers, alcohol can promote inflammation in the body, and inflammation of the hair follicle can lead to something called minaturision which promotes hair thinning leading to loss of hair.”
2. Bags under eyes and dark circles
Sleep is important as it gives our body time to heal and repair any damage from the day.
If you’re not getting enough sleep it can leave you with all kinds of problems – including bags under your eyes and dark circles.
Personal trainer and fitness coach Georgie Okell said: “If you ditch alcohol your skin will clear up, you’ll lose the bags under your eyes because you are getting better, proper sleep.
“If you are working out more instead of drinking you’ll notice more colour in your cheeks.”
“If you tend to get spots it can clear up, especially if you are drinking more water instead of alcohol.”
3. Dry flaky skin
Alcohol dehydrates your body generally, including the skin – you’re body’s largest organ.
In particular, drinking too much is also thought to deprive the skin of vital vitamins and nutrients which can make it dry and flaky.
Nurse John Newlands told Coach Mag: “Alcohol makes your kidneys work harder and your liver has to go into overtime to break it down.
“This leads to dehydration, which can cause dry, flaky skin.”
This man lost weight and saw his spots clear up after giving up alcohol
4. Lines and wrinkles
The sugar in wine can cause lines and wrinkles on the forehead, under eye sagging, a gaunt look, pimples across the face, thinning and pasty skin and thinner eyebrows.
Reasons behind this include the fact that it can disrupt the bacteria in your gut (triggering spots) and can create a spike in insulin (which can lead to thinning brows because of added pressure on the adrenal glands).
5. Broken blood vessels and spots
Alcohol is known to cause burst blood vessels and acne.
In particular, booze dilates the pores of the skin, leading to blackheads and whiteheads.
TV presenter Susanna Reid quit alcohol when doctors warned her that her face could end up scarred for life after blood vessels started to burst.
She said: “I gave up because a doctor told me to. I was concerned because my skin was flushed, I kept getting flare-ups and blemishes, and they were leaving red scars.
“I’d tried all manner of creams and washes, but I knew deep down that what was happening to my skin was probably a manifestation of what I was putting into my body.”
Drinkaware recommends men and women only consume 14 units of alcohol per week – that’s six pints of beer or six glasses of wine.
It also says drinkers shouldn’t ‘save up’ their units and drink them in one go, instead it is best to spread them across the week.
While drinking beer might not have a positive impact on your skin, it turns out skin clinics are now using beer in their facials to treat acne.
In particular, London’s New York Laser Clinic have launched a refreshing vegan beer facial which promises to give clients clearer skin.
Their experts say the froth in beer is fantastic for fighting acne because of the yeast, which helps slow down sebum production and consequently decreases blemishes.
Beer is also high in vitamin B and pantothenic acids which both help enhance the elasticity of the skin, helping to reduce wrinkles and the ageing process.
The clinic’s unique beauty treatment begins with a completely natural beer and strawberry scrub before applying the beer facial, which is formulated with luxurious, high-quality vegan beer for the best results.
To find out more on what we treat check out our Skin Concerns page!