Is White Wine Causing Your Skin Problems?

Is White Wine Causing Your Skin Problems

Before you pour yourself a glass of wine tonight, you might want to consider the findings of a recent study.

The research team discovered drinking white wine could contribute to your skin inflammation. Out of the 83,000 women whose drinking habits were documented over 14 years, those who had 1–3 glasses of white wine during a month had a 14% higher risk of developing rosacea. If they drank more than 5 glasses a week, the likelihood jumped to 49%.

Drinking hard liquor produced an 8–28% increased risk of developing the condition. Surprisingly, scientists didn’t find a significant red wine to roseaca skin connection. (Reds can spark inflammatory flare-ups if you already have rosacea).

This is the second study to link lighter wines to some serious skin problems recently. In another study, they were connected to melanoma last year.

According to an analysis of studies conducted by the American Association for Cancer Research, daily white wine drinkers have a 13% increased risk of developing melanoma (a form of skin cancer), compared to drinkers of red wine and other types of alcohol.

The study looked at participants from three surveys that followed 210,000 health professionals (three-quarters of whom were female) over an 18-year period.

Participants who drank the most white wine had a 50% higher chance of getting melanoma, and people who drank more alcohol had an even higher risk. Surprisingly, the melanoma showed up on areas of the body that weren’t exposed to sunlight, which suggests the risk from white wine isn’t related to sun exposure.

Having a 13% higher risk does not mean you have a 13% chance of getting melanoma from drinking white wine.

Either way, maybe at your next party, opt for a rich burgundy. If these results concern you, your best bet is to cut back on alcohol consumption.

To protect your skin, it might be time to avoid alcohol completely—or at least opt for a red-wine infused coffee or superfood cocktail instead. 

This is just further evidence that what you put in your body affects your skin from the inside out (for better or worse).


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