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Can drinking alcohol make your skin look older?

Dr. Doris Day, MD
Dermatology
That night out of maybe one drink too may leave you with a hangover, and also can have a lasting effect on your skin. Excess alcohol can be dehydrating to the skin and can affect absorption of vitamins and nutrients that the skin needs for important daily functions as well, and special functions such as repair and wound healing. One way to minimize the effect is to drink plenty of water and try to make each drink last just a little longer so you consume less alcohol over time. Also make sure to wash your face when you get home and apply a moisturizer if your skin is dry. If you’re too tired to follow your usual evening skin care routine, you can get a pre-moistened cleansing towellette, leave it by your bedside and wipe makeup off before falling asleep. These do not need to be rinsed off and are a great way to get makeup off for those “special” nights.
Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)

Alcohol dehydrates the skin and increases the leakiness of capillaries, so more water moves from the bloodstream into soft tissues. Combined with the horizontal position during sleep, this results in facial puffiness, stretched skin, and faster wrinkle formation.

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