Alcohol & face rash

Updated April 17, 2017

Drinking alcohol can result in a slew of skin problems. Some people may experience redness and rash after drinking alcohol. Others may notice general dullness and dryness of the skin after consuming this toxin. An alcohol-induced facial rash may be mild or severe.


A rash, which occurs in many different forms and for many different reasons, is any change in the colour or texture of the skin. Rashes can be mild or severe. Skin redness, inflammation, and lesions are all characteristics of a skin rash.

Facial Redness

Alcohol consumption causes facial redness, particularly for fair-skinned people. Alcohol causes the capillaries in the face to dilate, allowing more blood to enter the these tiny vessels.

Facial Dryness

Drinking alcohol can lead to dry patches and blotchiness on the face. Just as alcohol causes dehydration within the body, it also dehydrates the skin from the inside out. According to's report, "Effects of Smoking and Alcohol on Skin," a drinking habit will lead to a loss of plumpness, firmness, and dewy appearance of the skin.

Facial Swelling

According to, a swollen face and swollen eyes are common after a night of drinking, and they may eventually become facial characteristics of heavy drinkers.

Rosacea Flare-Ups

According to the article "The Link Between Rosacea and Alcohol," published on, alcohol triggers rosacea flare-ups. These flare-ups will become worse after age 30, and red wine is the alcoholic drink most likely to trigger rosacea flare-ups. It is important to note that alcohol does not cause rosacea; it simply aggravates the condition. Not all instances of rosacea are alcohol-related.

Broken Capillaries and Spider Veins

Long-term heavy use of alcohol can result in permanent red and purple branchlike blood vessels at the skin's surface. Laser treatment can remove these broken capillaries, though they'll reoccur if the alcohol use continues.

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Isobel Washington has been a freelance journalist since 2007. Washington's work first surfaced in Europe, where she served as a restaurant critic and journalist for "LifeStyles" magazine. Her love of travel and culture inspired her first novel, which is currently underway. Washington has a 10-year career in marketing communication and holds a Bachelor of Science degree.