We all know consuming alcohol is harmful, as it may lead to liver damage, cancer, cardiovascular diseases, impairment of cognitive skills, development of mental disorders, etc. However, very few of us are aware of its effect on skin. Experts have now found that being a depressant alcohol worsens the pre-existing skin conditions and increases vulnerability to more skin-related problems, especially among women.
According to a new study by the National Health Survey, drinking over 14 units of alcohol in a week on a regular basis causes harm to skin due to its toxicity. Such are the immediate effects of heavy drinking that the skin damage becomes apparent and visible the very next morning. As per the study, one unit is equivalent to 10 milliliters or 8 grams of pure alcohol, the amount of alcohol an average adult can process in an hour. Therefore, both men and women are recommended to avoid consuming over 14 units of alcohol in a week on a regular basis.
Impact of drinking on skin
Some of the major implications of regular and heavy drinking are dark circles and puffiness around the eye, dehydration on the forehead, and fine line and wrinkles on the chin and lips. Additionally, it also leads to broken blood vessels on the cheeks and nose that further causes redness and saggy skin.
Compared to women, men are more capable of coping with such skin issues after drinking. “The side effects in younger women may bounce back faster but skin aging on those in their 20s still lasts a couple of weeks. For men, their skin is able to cope with the effects quicker but it can still take at least a week to recover,” highlighted the study. Despite the numerous repercussions, the trend of hazardous drinking still remains high, particularly among youngsters. Therefore, it is essential to avoid regular drinking and switch to lighter drinks like beer.
Excessive alcohol forces kidneys to work more by hindering the production of an antidiuretic hormone. As a result, the kidney removes excess of water from the body system and sends it to bladder rather than sending it to the organs. This leads to the dehydration of all the organs and parts of the body, including the skin. Besides, regular drinking also expunges Vitamin A from the body, which is essential for cell renewal and turnover. Hence, the skin not only appears wrinkled but also dull.
The depletion of the vitamin also causes bloating and swelling of the skin. The red spot on the skin due to alcohol consumption occurs as drinking increases the blood flow that dilates the blood vessels of the face and skin (can be a permanent damage as well) and burst to leave the capillaries broken and irreparable. As alcohol adversely impacts a person’s appearance, it is essential to keep tabs on one’s number of drinks.
Other indirect effects of alcohol on skin
Apart from the above immediate impact of heavy and regular drinking, skin damage due to alcohol also occurs indirectly like:
- Elasticity of skin: According to experts, toxins produced by alcohol aggravate cellulite in the body, which further affects the elasticity of the skin.
- Bloodshot eyes: The regular consumption of alcohol interferes with the rapid eye movement (REM) sleep cycle that leads to puffy eyes and dark circles under the eyes. Generally, a person indulging in excessive drinking witnesses bloodshot eyes the next morning due to the enlargement of small blood vessels.
- Premature aging: Most of the alcoholic drinks contain congeners, which causes a hangover and speeds up the aging process.
Avoid alcohol to stay healthy and beautiful
Besides affecting the skin and causing skin-related problems, excessive alcohol consumption can affect the reproductive health and fertility of a person. It can upset the adrenal glands that are responsible for egg health, or may lead to the development of mental disorders like depression. In brief, alcohol affects every part and mechanism of the body from head to toe. Therefore, it is important to limit or avoid the consumption of alcohol.
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