Here's How Each Alcohol Type Affects Your Skin

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Any alcohol you drink can have an effect on your skin. Some of these effects may influence acne development. Others may negatively impact overall skin health.

Clear Liquors

Clear liquors, such as gin and vodka, are often used in mixed drinks. Clear liquors are often low in calories and in congeners. Congeners are chemicals produced during alcohol fermentation. The fewer congeners in your drink of choice, the less likely you are to develop a hangover. Moderation is key, though. Drinking large amounts of clear liquor can still lead to dehydration and inflammation.

Dark Liquors

Dark liquors contain large amounts of congeners. Although congeners enhance the alcohol’s flavor, they also increase your risk of hangover symptoms — like dehydration. Dark liquors can also raise your blood sugar levels and increase bodily inflammation.

Mixed Drinks

Mixed drinks contain a liquor along with sugary syrups or fruit juices. Even if you opt for low-sugar versions, mixed drinks can still raise your blood sugar and dehydrate your skin.

Beer

Beer contains a congener called furfural. It’s a yeast-inhibitor added during the fermentation process. Like liquor, beer can contribute to inflammation and dehydration.

White Wine

White wine may not cause hangovers as severe as its red counterpart, but it can still dehydrate your skin and increase overall inflammation. That’s due in part to congeners called tannins.

Red Wine

Not only is red wine high in tannins, it can also dilate your blood vessels and make your skin inflamed.

Moderation is Key

Having acne doesn’t mean you have to give up drinking entirely. Drinking in moderation is key to enjoying the best of both worlds: a nice glass of red and a fresh complexion the next morning.

When trying to moderate alcohol intake over the course of an evening or a week, it helps to know how much alcohol is in each drink you consume.

The NIAAA Defines One Drink As:

→ 12 fluid ounces (fl oz) of regular beer at around 5 percent alcohol
→ Between 8 and 9 fl oz of malt liquor at around 7 percent alcohol
→ 5 fl oz of table wine at around 12 percent alcohol
→ 1.5 fl oz of distilled spirits, such as gin, rum, whiskey, tequila, or vodka

One standard drink in the U.S. contains around 14 grams of pure alcohol.

Sources & References:
www.healthline.com
www.medicalnewstoday.com
www.niaaa.nih.gov

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