Reasons To Stop Drinking #7: The Five Ways Alcohol Damages Your Skin

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The Five Ways Alcohol Damages Your Skin

The majority of us are pretty well informed on alcohol’s propensity to damage our health, including liver, kidney and heart problems. However, there’s another organ that is freely overlooked in the story of how drinking affects our health and wellness.

Although drinkers might drink alcohol because they think it helps them relax.

Relaxation is just one illusion of the drug and while it may feel like the booze has loosened up your muscles and slowed your crazy thoughts. Short-term and extended alcohol consumption causes serious harm to one of our most important, and prominent, body organs, the skin.

Below are the top 5 ways your epidermis is affected after consuming alcohol.

1. Dehydration

waterLike all diuretic liquids, booze dries out the body. So exactly what does that mean for your skin?

The typical adult body is in between 55 to 77 per-cent water, and our epidermis itself is made up of 65 per-cent water. The water in our body is accountable for rebuilding tissue and repairing the damage caused by drinking.

When our skin layer (and system) is healthy, balanced and replenished with plenty of water, tissue production occurs quickly.

As we start to eliminate water, our body stalls the regrowth process to safeguard various other areas of our body. When we stay in a lasting dehydrated condition our whole system can simply turn off.

The first signs of running low on water typically show up on our skin and lead to the list of problems below:

  1. Dry, split lips
  2. Flaky epidermis
  3. Larger pores and more acne
  4. Intensified creases and blemishes

2. Bloating and swelling

Have you ever had a fantastic night’s rest and still woken up the next morning all puffy-eyed? This might be because of alcohol use.

The rate at which booze leaves our blood stream is ascertained by our age. The more mature we are, the lengthier a time frame it takes.

So although a man or woman in their twenties can have their nights drinking dealt with inside a single day. A 40-year-old may take as long as 3 to 7 days.

This is the reason that even though you drink alcohol on non-consecutive days, for instance, Tuesdays and Thursdays, you still can feel bloated. After consuming alcohol cellular level swelling develops in the face and other areas of the body.

This is because of plasma racing to numerous parts which is set off by hormonal agents in alcohol.

3. Irritation and inflammation

Looking similar to alcohol-related puffiness is the sort of skin irritation that comes directly from alcohol use. This one is not attractive.

Alcohol-induced skin irritation is reddening of specific areas of the body and most often this happens on the neck and face. Drinking alcohol means even little imperfections stand out more. Plus, they can end up being reddened and made worse by the poison in alcohol.

If we consume alcohol less, irritation decreases over a relatively short period of time. It can take hours, days or weeks, but as we reduce our alcohol usage our systems become more effective in recovery.

Blood flows quicker, freer and more effortlessly for a more balanced appearance and complexion. Having said that, if we still consume alcohol excessively or at the same pace as we grow older, our skin irritation can become a  continual problem.


This is can result in a severe and long-lasting problem called inflammatory reaction, otherwise referred to as Rosacea. This skin problem appears in several variations and is most prevalent on the face. It is typically found on the cheeks and temple.

It can also be readily confused for a rash and, in some severe situations, can result in dermal scarring.

4. Collagen Deterioration

Among the things, human beings fear most is creases and lines. Alcohol raises the creation of fine lines and wrinkles by damaging the collagen in our epidermis. Collagen is important for making our skin pliable. When we’re in good shape, our skin may be tugged and will spring straight back.

Naturally, this becomes increasingly less the case as we get older. People who routinely drink alcohol, however, can expect to look old beyond their actual years because of quicker collagen decline.

5. Psoriasis

Psoriasis is an autoimmune illness that creates plaques, that are itchy or painful spots of dense, reddish, dehydrated skin.

Although any area of your body could be impacted, psoriasis plaques usually build on the elbow joints, legs, head, back, face, hands, and feet.

Like other autoimmune conditions, psoriasis happens when your immune system, which typically combats contagious bacteria and disease, starts to attack healthy and beneficial cells instead.

According to the National Psoriasis Foundation, around eight million individuals in the USA have psoriasis, with the condition impacting Caucasians greater than every other ethnicity.

Eight million sufferers

The condition happens about equally amongst males and females. As indicated by the National Institutes of Health And Wellness, it is more common in adults than in children. You are at a higher danger of developing the condition if somebody in your family has it.

A report released last year in the publication ‘PLoS One’ reasoned that “connections in between specific genes in addition to hereditary and environment variables play a crucial function” in the condition’s growth.

Individuals with psoriasis typically experience their initial manifestations in between ages 14 and 31, though forming the condition in middle to mature age is also not unheard of.

hanna bookHanna Sillitoe

For more than 20 years, Hanna Sillitoe suffered from severe psoriasis, eczema and acne. They dominated her life and shattered her confidence. At times she even resorted to wrapping her skin in clingfilm to stop her clothes rubbing against her raw skin.

When her doctor told her the only remaining treatment was chemotherapy, she started researching diet and skin, and ultimately changed her life, cutting out caffeine, alcohol, sugar, dairy and wheat, with dramatic results. Now free from all skin complaints, Hanna is sharing her methods.

Quitting drinking

If you have only just started to consider quitting drinking, beginning sobriety anew, or still in the struggles of alcohol addiction.

Understand that it’s never too late to make a powerful change in your life. In time, long-term severe alcohol consumption will cost you not only your looks, but also your career, relationships and the people you love, your peace of mind and ultimately even your life.

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Craig Beck - The Stop Drinking Expert

About the author: Stop Drinking Expert - Craig Beck ABNLP. ABHYP. DhP. is an internationally renowned, specialist alcohol cessation coach and quit drinking mentor. Using his experience as a former problem drinker, combined with professionals qualifications, accreditations and practice as an addiction therapist, ICF licensed coach, master practitioner of NLP and master hypnotherapist. Independently respected and rated. Not a substitute for professional medical advice. More information: Complete 'how to stop drinking course information.

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