Many of us have been guilty of enjoying a few too many cocktails in an night. And for the most part, if we’re drinking casually and not frequently, we don’t really notice the damage. But drinking, even for one night, actually may wreak havoc on your skin and over time, can do some serious damage. As soon as alcohol enters your system, your body goes into overdrive beginning to try to get it out of your system. It is not processed like other liquids and the liver has to dedicate all of its efforts to this toxin. Our skin is a reflection of our health. If we’re tired, our skin shows it. If we’re not feeling well, you can tell by how the body makes our skin look. It is important to know, when consuming alcohol or any other substance, what it is going to do to your body and your mind. Alcohol damages the body both inside and out. Alcohol can do a lot of damage to your skin, here are a few things to be wary of when you go out drinking.
Dry skin. Alcohol works to dehydrate the body. Because it is working to dehydrate you, your skin may reflect this even after one night of drinking. You may wake up to find your skin doesn’t feel like it’s normal hydrated self. Over time, if you continue to drink your skin may become so dry that it even seems ashy.
Wrinkles. Your skin is prone to aging and, of course, we can all expect wrinkles in our future. But alcohol may speed up the aging process. When the skin is dehydrated, as alcohol can cause it to be, it makes more susceptible to wrinkles and makes wrinkles seem more prominent as well.
Redness. Alcohol can cause inflammation in the blood vessels on your face and in your eyes which causes a flushed look and blood shot eyes. You may notice this in your friends if they’ve had one too many drinks. It should go away the next day, but in more severe cases alcohol has even caused Rosacea.
Puffiness. Some think that alcohol helps them to sleep better but it actually makes for a rough sleep. This in addition to dehydration, can cause for a puffy face and bloating.
Acne. Have you ever binged on fast food after a night out drinking? This could be part of the problem with acne as it relates to alcohol. Sugar and greasy food tend to make for a bad skin complexion and we are often correlate a night of binge drinking with junk food. Or we turn to grease for a hangover, which isn’t helping our body or our skin any.
The good news is most of these symptoms will go away as the alcohol leaves your system. But alcohol can cause permanent damage to those who suffer from addiction. If you are going out for a night of drinking, stay hydrated and eat a meal with your alcohol to help avoid your skin becoming dry and dull.
If you or a loved one suffer from addiction to alcohol, know that there is hope and help is out there for you.