You may not realize it, but alcohol can impact your health in more ways than you think. Aside from the obvious harm it can cause to your liver and other organs, it can also have an impact on your skin. Water delivers nutrients that keep your skin hydrated and healthy, but alcohol can strip skin of these nutrients! While having the occasional alcoholic beverage will not have a severe impact on your appearance, drinking heavily can cause severe damage to your skin.
So, how can alcohol cause damage to your skin? Let’s take a closer look at some of the most common skin conditions that are linked to drinking alcohol.
3 Skin Conditions linked to alcohol
- Rosacea. Rosacea is a chronic skin condition responsible for the appearance of red, pimple-like blemishes or marks on the face or body. Rosacea can flare suddenly, and then just as suddenly, it will subside. While its exact cause is still unknown, rosacea is often linked to environmental and personal habits, such as drinking alcohol or eating spicy foods. Rosacea can usually be treated topical medications, or simply by avoiding known triggers like alcohol.
- Psoriasis. Like rosacea, psoriasis is a chronic skin condition that manifests itself in itchy, burning, or scaly areas of skin, such as the scalp, legs, feet, or hands. Common treatments for this condition include topical medications, phototherapy, and oral medications. The connection between alcohol and psoriasis is not always clear, though this condition often becomes worse in patients who drink alcohol on a regular basis. Patients with psoriasis are usually advised to cut back on drinking any alcoholic beverages, especially if they are taking an oral medication to treat their condition, since alcohol can mix negatively with the medication.
- Wrinkles. Alcohol can severely age your skin, and wrinkles are perhaps the most obvious signs of aging. Fortunately, wrinkles can be easily treated with remedies such as BOTOX® Cosmetic.
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To learn more about the treatment options for any of these skin conditions, contact us today to schedule a consultation. Our offices are located in Grosse Pointe, and you can reach us at (313)886-2000. We look forward to serving you.
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