The effects of alcohol on the skin: dehydration, spots, dullness, swelling and inflammation

We all know that drinking alcohol, like tobacco, are clear enemies of the skin. They are the antithesis to healthy, young and radiant skin. Spots, dehydration, redness, aging, marks and inflammation are just some of the visible symptoms of a person who has these two unhealthy consumptions as a habit.

4 effects of alcohol on the skin

Alcohol dehydrates

The skin is the largest organ in the body and alcohol dehydrates it at dizzying rates. Do you know why this happens? Alcohol hinders the production of vasopressin, an antidiuretic hormone that causes the kidneys to work harder to eliminate excess water . This is the reason why after drinking alcohol your skin will possibly feel (in addition to being dull) very tight (dehydration).

Alcohol ages

Dehydrated skin is one of the best-known causes associated with aging. Alcohol, in addition to dehydrating, also “removes” vitamin A from your body and this vitamin is very important for cell renewal. A lack of vitamin A can make your complexion look dull and dull .

Alcohol causes inflammation

Have you ever wondered why your skin turns red after drinking? This is because alcohol inflames the body's tissues and causes a histamine reaction that is to blame for causing redness in the skin . Alcohol also increases blood flow and dilates the blood vessels in our face. This can cause capillary breakage and red spots on the skin that are very difficult to remove. Here rosehip oil can do little and it will be too late to reverse any excess you have committed with natural cosmetics.

If you have a skin condition such as rosacea or acne, alcohol is very likely to aggravate it . Many alcoholic drinks are loaded with sugar, which causes insulin levels to increase, further inflaming the skin.

Alcohol swells

As your body becomes depleted of vital nutrients and fluids (and this doesn't have to be directly related to alcohol consumption) it will try to store as much as it can. This is avoided with a correct diet rich in lipids, antioxidants and vitamins. If your body lacks all these necessary energy inputs and you also add alcohol to the cocktail, the effect will be very negative and will make both you and your body bloated.


It's not about depriving yourself of having a cocktail, a beer or a glass of wine when you really feel like it. We do not like extremes or prohibitions but we advise you to consume responsibly and to always be aware of what this can do to your skin.

All these tips should always be accompanied by a balanced and healthy diet and of course a dose of sport (whatever you like the most).

What really happens to your body when you stop drinking alcohol

  • It is possible that your nervous system reacts, if it is a habit your body will send you some signals, but nothing worrying. Don't give it more importance than it has, listen to it.

  • As soon as a few days pass you will sleep much better.

  • You will have less appetite at night.

  • As “against” your body will ask for sugar, grant it but not in any way. Choose healthy snacks or treats.

  • You will enjoy the flavors more; You will feel that you have a better palate.

  • It is possible that you will not retain as much fluid and that you may even lose weight, managing to burn more fat but with the same dose of sport.

  • Your skin will look much more hydrated, with better color, more light and less dull. The complexion will become clearer, this is a healthy reaction that is observed very quickly.

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