Dermatologist reveals how a Christmas binge affects skin

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With Christmas mere weeks away and office parties in full swing, people all over the world are enjoying their fair share of alcoholic beverages.

We all know that these big nights out can hurt the state of our head and stomach the morning after, but can a holiday binge also affect our skin?

Dermatologist Dr Natasha Cook revealed that it can actually take weeks for our skin to recover from a drinking session, causing everything from puffy eyes to redness. 

Alcohol is a diuretic, forcing water out of the body while making it harder for it body to rehydrate, Dr Cook told Daily Mail Australia.

Dermatologist Dr Natasha Cook revealed that it can actually take weeks for our skin to recover from a holiday drinking session, causing everything from redness to acne and puffy eyes

Dermatologist Dr Natasha Cook revealed that it can actually take weeks for our skin to recover from a holiday drinking session, causing everything from redness to acne and puffy eyes

‘Alcohol creates a dehydrating effect on the skin and body and suppresses the production of a hormone known as vasopressin, which helps you reabsorb water,’ the Sydney dermatologist explained.

‘So you’re peeing more water and you can’t retain water, leaving you with dehydrated and tired skin.’

Cook revealed that this can cause the skin to look sallow and will make fine lines and pores more pronounced. 

Alcohol also increases the opening of blood vessels in the skin, forcing them to burst if they become overdilated.

This can cause increased redness in the skin and contributes to rosacea, Dr Cook explained. 

‘Think flushed, blotchy skin and broken capillaries,’ she said.

Alcohol is a diuretic, forcing water out of you while making it harder for your body to rehydrate - causing the skin to look sallow and will make fine lines and pores more pronounced

Alcohol is a diuretic, forcing water out of you while making it harder for your body to rehydrate - causing the skin to look sallow and will make fine lines and pores more pronounced

Alcohol is a diuretic, forcing water out of you while making it harder for your body to rehydrate – causing the skin to look sallow and will make fine lines and pores more pronounced

‘These increased open vessels can also leak inflammatory substances out of the vessels and into the skin, causing inflammatory-type breakouts.’

Alcohol is packed with sugar and salt, which can also have a negative effect on the skin.

‘Sugar has been shown to trigger the hormone IGF-1, which causes an overproduction of oil in your skin,’ Dr Cook explained. 

‘Sugar also leads to increased inflammation in the skin, and breaks down the collagen via a process known as glycation.’

‘Salt, of course, leads to bloating and under-eye bags,’ she added. 

But the news isn’t all bad. With plenty of rehydration, Dr Cook said your skin will eventually return to normal after a bender.

‘Your body will begin to replenish its antioxidant stores, which is why it’s important to be mindful about what you eat while you recover,’ she added. 

Alcohol also causes the opening of blood vessels in the skin, which can leak inflammatory substances out of the vessels and into the skin and cause inflammatory-type breakouts

Alcohol also causes the opening of blood vessels in the skin, which can leak inflammatory substances out of the vessels and into the skin and cause inflammatory-type breakouts

Alcohol also causes the opening of blood vessels in the skin, which can leak inflammatory substances out of the vessels and into the skin and cause inflammatory-type breakouts

Dr Cook suggests kicking off your hangover recovery with eggs, which are packed with liver boosting amino acids, and avocado for a healthy shot of potassium. 

A cup of miso soup is also a great way to speed the process, and it helps replace salt and – bonus – will ease those next-day digestive issues. 

Broccoli is packed with cysteine, an amino acid that will help your liver, while beans are a great source of magnesium – which is depleted by alcohol. 

‘B vitamins, especially thiamine (vitamin B1), get depleted as well when we drink. A good source of B1 are eggs, nuts, beans, legumes, and beef,’ Dr Cook said. 

You can also pop a Berocca, which contains B and C vitamins, before bed for a short cut that will minimise the impact the next day, she added. 

Dr Cook suggests kicking off your hangover recovery with eggs, which are packed with liver boosting amino acids, and avocado for a healthy shot of potassium

Dr Cook suggests kicking off your hangover recovery with eggs, which are packed with liver boosting amino acids, and avocado for a healthy shot of potassium

Dr Cook suggests kicking off your hangover recovery with eggs, which are packed with liver boosting amino acids, and avocado for a healthy shot of potassium

A cup of miso soup is also a great way to speed the process, and it helps replace salt and - bonus - will ease those next-day digestive issues

A cup of miso soup is also a great way to speed the process, and it helps replace salt and - bonus - will ease those next-day digestive issues

A cup of miso soup is also a great way to speed the process, and it helps replace salt and – bonus – will ease those next-day digestive issues

While frequent drinkers will be able to recover faster – due to the fact that their liver enzymes are ‘upregulated’ and they can metabolise quicker – Dr Cook revealed that alcohol can have a long-term impact on the skin of heavy boozers.

Alcohol can cause deficiencies in Vitamin A, leading to dry skin, Vitamin B1, resulting in waxy skin, and Vitamin B2, which can cause cracks in the corners of the mouth, an inflamed tongue, and rashes on the face like seborrhoeic dermatitis. 

When it comes to drink selection, Dr Cook recommends opting for  a vodka soda or gin and tonic, which don't have sugary mixers

When it comes to drink selection, Dr Cook recommends opting for  a vodka soda or gin and tonic, which don't have sugary mixers

When it comes to drink selection, Dr Cook recommends opting for a vodka soda or gin and tonic, which don’t have sugary mixers

Dr Cook revealed it can also cause a Vitamin B3 deficiency, potentially leading to dermatitis, inflamed cracked lips, and even diarrhoea.

But if you’re just hoping to cut down on the damage from the office holiday party, Dr Cook does have a few tips. 

When it comes to drink selection, Dr Cook recommends opting for a vodka soda or gin and tonic, which don’t have sugar-filled mixers.

‘The more sugar, the more skin damage,’ she said. 

And while red wine is packed with anti-ageing benefits, it also causes more vasodilation – which can lead to increased redness and inflammation.

Dr Cook also recommends hydrating between drinks with water, removing your makeup before bed, and hydrating your skin with an anti-inflammatory moisturiser before you snooze to help repair and minimise inflammation overnight. 





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