As much as I love red wine, I was able to research some of its benefits and disadvantages. Wine is known to have many health benefits including protection against certain cancers, heart problems and some forms of degenerative and brain diseases. However, drinking wine, particularly red wine, also has disadvantages. One of them is that it may cause you to develop or worsen your acne problem. And this is something that wine drinkers like me ought to know.
Acne including nodular acne is a serious skin problem because it can be painful and embarrassing if you are infected on highly visible areas such as your face. There are a number of factors that can cause acne including genetics, food habits and lifestyle. However, regardless of the cause of your acne, red wine can aggravate them.
Red wine does not automatically cause a person to develop acne. However, excessive and regular drinking of red wine may indirectly cause acne or aggravate it. Red wine may cause an imbalance in the hormone production and flow. This in turn may cause many side effects including excessive production of sebum which is fatty oil. When sebum combines with dead cells, it will clog the pores, causing oil buildup. As more sebum is trapped, the pores will also enlarge and bulge outward the skin, becoming acne.
Apart from sebum production, there are other reasons why you should not drink red wine excessively. Red wine is diuretic, which means that it causes the body cells to push water out. Without adequate water in the body, red wine slows down the detox process of people with acne, thus aggravating the condition. For many acne sufferers, drinking red wine may also cause redness and irritation on the affected area. One reason for this is that most winemakers add substantial amounts of sulfites to wine to prevent oxidation and bacterial spoilage. But some people including those with acne are allergic to sulfites, causing them to develop allergic skin reactions. Moreover, most red wines are also high in sugar yeast content, making it a perfect breeding ground for bacterial growth, which in turn causes or aggravates acne.
Surprisingly, moderate red wine drinking is healthy to the skin. Red wine is high in polyphenol, an antioxidant which can help keep the skin healthy. It is also helpful in fighting against free radicals and in stimulating blood circulation, promoting skin rejuvenation, elasticity and a glowing skin. Red wine also has stimulating properties that can help soften wrinkles and fight against skin aging. Furthermore, red wine contains resveratrol and other properties that have a detoxifying and nourishing effect to the skin.
Of course, the key to enjoying these benefits lies on how much red wine you regularly drink. If you drink in moderation, you will enjoy these many skin benefits. If you consume in excess, however, you will suffer certain skin problems including acne. Also, it is important to note that drinking red wine or other alcoholic drinks may have varying effects from person to person.
If you are suffering from acne, aside from drinking red wine moderately, you may also find remedies such as using creams or trying out salicylic acid peel or laser treatment.
Knowing the possible effects of drinking red wine, I am now more cautious about how much red wine I should drink. It should also serve as a caution for other wine drinkers.