Starting the morning with a nagging hangover after a night out on the town is never fun. The pounding headache you feel can really put a damper on your day. While most people know that consuming too much alcohol can cause hangovers, not everyone realizes that drinking also can negatively impact your skin. As men’s skin care experts here at 18|8 San Diego, we recommend keeping your consumption of alcohol to a minimum so that you not only feel better, but you can keep your healthy looking skin too. Here is how drinking affects your skin.

Immediate Effects

For some people, drinking alcohol results in the skin on their face taking on a pink or reddish appearance. This is a skin reaction called transient flushing or “rosy cheeks” This is caused by the release of histamine that comes from consuming alcohol with symptoms very similar to an allergic reaction like redness, swelling and irritation. For some people, even small amounts of alcohol trigger this effect.

Short-Term Effects

If you peek into the mirror after a long night of drinking and think you look older than you are, there is a reason for this. For one thing, when you consume alcohol, it depletes your body, including your skin, of the vital fluids you need. When you skin is dehydrated, it looks dry, listless and dull and can even be flaky. And as your body reacts to this dehydration, it retains water which is call edema that can leave you looking bloated and puffy around the eyes.

Long-Term Effects

If you’re a regular drinker who consumes more than two alcoholic beverages per day, your skin is undoubtedly suffering. As you are constantly robbing your skin of the vital fluids and nutrients it needs, it will age prematurely wherein you’ll likely develop fine lines and wrinkles on your face to make you look older than you are. Long-term consumption of alcohol can also worsen pre-existing skin conditions like rosacea to leave your skin swollen, red, dry and flaky.

What You Can Do

The best thing you can do to avoid skin damage due to the consumption of alcohol is obviously to stop drinking. At the very least, cut back on how much alcohol you do consume. Try to limit your consumption to just two drinks per day. We also recommend visiting us at 18|8 Fine Men’s Salon for an invigorating and rejuvenating facial to help your skin look and feel it’s best. Just book a time online, give us a call at (858) 914-5418 or walk into our barbershop/men’s salon located at 10543 4S Commons Drive (Suite 176) in San Diego.