How does alcohol affect the skin? How does alcohol affect the skin?

Frequent alcohol consumption can lead to premature aging of the skin by causing it to become thinner and increasing the number of blood vessels in the face.

According to the American Academy of Dermatology, regular consumption of large amounts of alcohol causes damage to blood vessels in the skin, small and large telangiectasias (spider veins) and progressive thinning of the skin which makes it more fragile.

Increased pigmentation of the skin in different areas of the face can also occur as a result of blood seeping into the skin, while blood sugar imbalance can cause acne.

On her website, dermatologist Cristina de Hoyos warns of other potential conditions such as porphyria cutanea or werewolf syndrome (excessive body hair), common in alcoholics.

Skin cancer is another potential consequence. Each case will depend on whether the person stops consuming alcohol in excess and the amount of time they spent doing so.

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