As Susanna Reid quits alcohol for good, Xposé explores the effects of alcohol on the skin in a feature headlined:
‘As Susanna Reid gives up alcohol, what impact can drinking have on your skin?’
Founder of Cosmedics Skin Clinics, Dr Ross Perry, was asked to give his expert advice.
As the article says, Susanna Reid has cut back on alcohol because of the impact it had on her skin. She told The Sunday Times:
“I was concerned because my skin was flushed, I kept getting flare-ups and blemishes, and they were leaving red scars. I’d tried all manner of creams and washes, but I knew deep down that what was happening to my skin was probably a manifestation of what I was putting into my body.
“Separately I went to see a consultant to get a troublesome mole removed. I mentioned my other skin concerns. He told me that dilated blood vessels are not helped by alcohol and that cutting back would help.”
Seven months later, she said:
“My skin isn’t perfect but it’s clearer.”
Xposé asked Cosmedics founder Dr Ross Perry about the impact of alcohol on the skin. He explained:
“Drinking alcohol regularly is one of the worst things you can do to your skin, as its full of toxins which deprive the skin of vital vitamins and nutrients. Unfortunately, consuming alcohol regularly can cause premature ageing giving the appearance of dull and dehydrated looking skin.”
“Because alcohol is a diuretic it’s dehydrating so your skin appears more dry, making lines and wrinkles appear more visible due to the lack of fluid/water on the skin. Too much booze can also lead to sagging skin, discolouration and enlarged pores.
“Alcohol also causes small blood vessels in the skin to widen, allowing more blood to flow close to the surface which produces a flushed appearance and can lead to broken capillaries on the face.”
In addition to the cosmetic consequences of drinking wine, beer or spirits; alcohol can also impact on the skin’s defences. Dr Perry explained:
“Drinking lowers antioxidant defences in your skin and that makes the face more susceptible to things like sun damage and free radicals, which are byproducts from chemicals and substances like cigarette smoke.”
The good news is that the skin regenerates relatively quickly if you stop drinking alcohol.
Dr Perry explains:
“After just a couple of days rosacea won’t seem quite as bad but it’s really after seven days when you start to see real signs of improvement – the skin looks less dry, the under eye area appears less puffy, and skin conditions such as dandruff, eczema, and rosacea begin to improve. The healthy glow starts to appear and lines and wrinkles look less pronounced.
“After a month skin will look more radiant and generally healthier looking. The alcohol bloat will have almost gone in the face and, in place, [you’ll have] a more youthful appearance.”
Dr Perry adds:
“It’s important to drink lots of water to keep your skin and body hydrated.”
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