Why Is Alcohol So Bad For Your Skin & How to Avoid Those Boozy Breakouts

Do you ever wonder why you tend to breakout after a night out? As if that hangover isn’t enough of a reminder about what you did last night, how about that uninvited guest? We’re talking about that big pesky pimple that seemed to pop up overnight and stay well past breakfast. Don’t let the remnants of Friday night keep you hiding the rest of the weekend. Here are some tips from The Team at DermCheck to keep your skin from doing the walk of shame.The 2 to 1 Ratio: For every 2 shots of alcohol (In most cases, a single cocktail contains 2 shots), drink one full 8oz glass of good old H-2-O. Alcohol SEVERELY dehydrates your entire body; your skin after all is your bodies largest organ, so the best thing you can do is keep it hydrated. (No, skinny dipping does not count.) Not only will this help with the hangover factor, but it’s also an easy way to help keep track of how much alcohol you’re consuming.  

Forget the Pre-Game, Pop some vitamins! Not only is alcohol extremely dehydrating and can dry out your skin, causing wrinkles and acne, worsening rosacea in some and triggering eczema flare-ups, but it also is proven to weaken your immune system and deplete crucial nutrients and antioxidants in your skin; specifically vitamin A, B3, and C according to an article from 2013 by Everyday Health. The best thing you can do to combat that from happening is by taking a multi-vitamin a few hours before going out and again the next morning to replenish lost essential vitamins.  

The Not-So-Sweet Truth According to another 2013 article by the Huffington Post, what makes “one drink different from the next, is what else is in the drink.” … We all know by now that sugars are not only key elements in causing hangovers, but also bear no nutritional benefits. In fact, countless recent reports have surfaced publicly claiming that sugar is a key factor in cell depletion, aging, weight gain, diabetes, stress on the liver, and not to mention, registers as a dopamine in the brain making it practically programmed to become something we’re addicted too. (Yikes) … We’re not saying give up those mixed drinks forever, (Let’s be realistic, Taco Tuesday without Margaritas?! NO WAY, JOSE!) Just limit your intake and ask the bartender for a “skinny” option, which offers a healthier alternative your favorite cocktail. You can also replace simple syrup and sugary mixers with natural sweeteners like honey or agave nectar.  

There’s Alcohol in that!? After dancing the night away, don’t forget to wash off make-up. Falling asleep with a face full of dirt and oils is one sure-fire way to clog your pores and attract stubborn acne, black heads and white heads. However, not all harmful alcohols are ones you ingest… Many facial cleansers and washes contain dehydrating alcohols in them that also dry out and irritate your skin, leaving it defenseless and unable to retain moisture. Not all of those alcohols are bad. Usually fatty alcohols such as Cetyl alcohol and Stearyl alcohol are safe and can actually benefit your skin, so be sure to take a look at the list if ingredients on the back of your favorite skin care products and as always, don’t forget to moisturize! ….BOTTOMS UP!  

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