The skin on the face is one of the most delicate organs in the body, while also being the one most regularly confronted with pollution, smoke, smog, sunlight and other harmful elements. The consumption of alcohol takes a significant toll on facial skin and should be considered as a factor when skin problems arise.
According to Nutra Legacy, alcohol has a dehydrating effect on facial skin. Because alcohol is a diuretic, it causes urination which decreases the body's level of hydration and dries out the skin. Alcohol is also a vasodilator, meaning that it is responsible for the widening of blood vessels which causes puffiness and redness in the face.
According to Skin Care Tips Online, drinking alcohol causes the blood vessels in the face to become dilated. Regular alcohol consumption will lead to permanently dilated vessels, which leave an irritated-looking red flush on the face. Alcohol is also known to adversely affect acne rosacea, leaving the face inflamed and covered with small red bumps.
In addition to being detrimental to skin, alcohol can also cause inflammation and cirrhosis of the liver, memory loss, diminished mental capability, gastritis, pancreatitis and damage to the heart.
According to NumaDerm, alcohol depletes the body's store of Vitamin A. Vitamin A is a powerful antioxidant and is critical in the generation of new, healthy skin cells. Vitamin A is also important to the production of collagen, which gives skin its elasticity and youthful appearance. The regular consumption of alcohol also breaks down the body's immune defense system, which can lead to breakouts and rashes because the skin is unable to fight against bacteria.
To help combat the negative effects of alcohol on the skin, the best thing to do is to stop drinking and begin a regimen of healthy eating by introducing fruits, vegetables and leafy greens into your diet. Cleanse skin regularly and moisturize, particularly if your skin is sensitive. Be sure to use a sunscreen containing SPF 15 or higher every day and ensure that you get enough rest.
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