Alcohol Can Cause Acne by McKenna Pelfrey

McKenna Pelfrey, LVNThere are many things that cause acne and alcohol is one of them. Have you ever wondered why you wake up Monday morning from a weekend of partying and drinking with 4 new pimples?  Well here is why.  Alcohol decreases the immune system; the weakened immune system makes it easier for the bacteria to get under the skin causing the acne to appear. Alcohol also causes an imbalance in the two hormones, testosterone and estrogen.  We all know that hormones play a huge role in whether someone gets acalcohol acnene or not.

Alcohol dehydrates the body. Anyone who has had a night out of drinking knows this because they wake up in the morning feeling as though they could drink a whole lake. This dehydration effects the skin because the body’s water content is depleted which hinders the ability to flush out toxins. Also, excessive drinking can lead to a damaged liver that is unable to properly filter the toxins from the body.  This issue can ultimately affect the skin and other organs of the body. Some ways we can help prevent acne are:

  • Washing our face daily- and girls make sure you remove your makeup at night!
  • Avoid touching your face
  • Try to avoid eating greasy/ fried foods
  • Avoid sugary mixers with your alcohol
  • Drink LOTS and LOTS of water (hydration is key) plus it helps with the hangover!
  • Avoiding stress

So, don’t worry the next time you want to go out and have a drink with your friends or co- workers, just try to drink responsibly and in moderation, hydrate with plenty of water, and make sure to wash your face.

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