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Alcohol and your looks


As well as the beer belly and drinker’s nose, alcohol can affect your looks in other ways

Dry wrinkled skin

Alcohol causes your body – and skin – to lose fluid (dehydrate). Dry skin wrinkles more quickly and can look dull and grey. Alcohol’s diuretic (water-loss) effect also causes you to lose vitamins and nutrients, like vitamin A, which is important for skin health.

Skin problems

Alcohol can cause the skin condition rosacea to flare up. Rosacea causes redness, dilated blood vessels, small red bumps and pus-filled spots on the face. It can also cause broken blood vessels and redness on your face. 90% of patients with rosacea who cut back on alcohol said it helped to reduce flare-ups.¹


Alcohol can also cause water retention in your face. This makes your face look bloated and puffy. Some people believe that the toxins in alcohol also cause cellulite.

Bloodshot eyes

Alcohol can irritate the blood vessels on the surface of your eyes, making them bloodshot.

Dry, thinning hair

Alcohol dries your hair as well as your skin, making it more likely to break and split.…

You might smell bad too...

People who have been drinking can smell bad: the liver breaks down most of the alcohol you drink so that it can be removed from the body, but some alcohol leaves the body through your breath, sweat and urine.



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