How Alcohol and Drug Abuse Damages Your Skin

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When I first got sober I was shocked by the poor condition of my skin and hair. My skin was red, blotchy and dry, especially on my face and hands. My hair, which had always been thick and blonde (I’ve always been vain about my hair, I admit it), was now thin, dry and darker than normal. When I came out of the stupor of my addiction I barely recognized myself. I clearly remember feeling like Rip Van Winkle, the fairytale character who slept for 20 years, then woke up to find everything about himself and the world has changed.

It was very depressing. I had done serious damage to myself and it showed.

Similar to the effects alcohol has on the health of your teeth and gums, it also dehydrates your skin and hair. The result of long term drinking can result in dry and brittle hair follicles as well as dry, flaking skin. It also diminishes the proper circulation of nutrients through your body.

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Every time you drink or use, you’re depriving your body of important nutrients. Alcohol and drugs block vitamins, proteins, minerals, carbohydrates and healthy fats from circulating properly throughout your system, all of which are essential to the health of your skin and hair. Your hair and skin require as much healthy nourishment as the rest of your body. No part of your body is immune from the damage of long term alcohol (or drug) abuse, and it does have a negative effect on your appearance.

Once you’ve stopped dumping alcohol into your system (and any other intoxicants) your skin and hair can begin to rejuvenate through proper hydration and nutrition. You’ll be amazed at how quickly your body repairs itself with just a few simple adjustments to your diet.


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*Health Tip: Use hydrating shampoo on your hair and moisturizer on your skin. And hydrate with water as I mentioned before. Drink water morning, noon and night.

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