Eczema and Alcohol: Should You Avoid It?

Eczema and Alcohol

Let’s be honest – who doesn’t love a little bit of alcohol here and there? Sometimes it can be difficult resisting a drink, but did you know that alcohol consumption can actually affect skin too?

If you’ve never thought about the combination of eczema and alcohol, then we suggest you read on. Discover how alcohol can trigger eczema, as well as a few recommendations on how to enjoy a drink or two without flare ups.

Eczema From Alcohol?

Alcohol is made from a variety of different ingredients, but usually fermentation is the result of broken down yeast or sugar from fruit. Additional ingredients and preservatives like barley, hops or wheat can be added to certain beers to intensify flavors. These additional ingredients and preservatives are usually what trigger reactions, as many people can be allergic – especially to gluten, high amounts of sugar or milk.

Determining which foods trigger your eczema can offer some key solutions on what alcoholic drinks to avoid. Sometimes switching to gluten-free alcoholic beverages such as cider or certain (or alcohol-free) wines can help, but intake should be limited.

To determine what foods might be triggering your eczema, we suggest reading our blog post: What Foods Could Trigger Your Eczema? We also recommend learning about elimination diets. An elimination diet can help you determine allergens by removing certain foods from your diet and reintroducing them slowly to learn which foods might be causing flare ups.

Eczema and Alcohol: Do They Mix?

If you like to enjoy a glass or two of alcohol and they do not trigger your eczema, intake should still be kept to a minimum.

Alcohol actually dries out the skin and dilates blood vessels which in turn can cause eczema to become more red, itchier and altogether more uncomfortable. On the other hand – drinking excessively can also cause serious health issues such as liver inflammation.

Alcohol is also known for dehydrating, so it’s important to limit intake in order to keep skin well hydrated.

How to Drink Alcohol with Eczema

If you choose to drink, then make sure you’re opting for quality alcohols (even organic or gluten-free) that avoid harmful toxins and preservatives. Investing in premium spirits or wines can actually be more beneficial for your skin.

A few other ideas:

  • Don’t overdo it
  • Stay away from alcohols that contain gluten, milk or high amounts of sugar (beer, pina coladas, baileys, etc).
  • Maintain healthy eating
  • Increase your vitamin C intake, as alcohol blocks the body’s natural absorption. Vitamin C is required for a healthy immune system.

If you are suffering from severe eczema, our suggestion is to stay off alcohol until your gut or immune system is in better shape. By eliminating alcohol, the body will have the necessary time and state to repair itself.

Time might be better spent adopting a new diet or elimination diet to improve your immune system and heal your gut.

If you’re looking to adopt a new eczema safe diet, we suggest checking out the following blog posts:

The Autoimmune Paleo Diet: How it Can Heal Your Eczema

How Eating A Plant Based Diet For Eczema Encourages Healing

The Eczema Diet and Your Salicylate Sensitivity

Lastly, if you’re on any medication, make sure to check with a doctor or with a pharmacist.

Laura is a contributor and content developer for It’s An Itchy Little World. She is in no way a medical professional. Her comments, suggestions, and reflections are not intended to replace any medical advice. Always seek the help of a medical professional before undertaking any diet or lifestyle changes. Please see It’s An Itchy Little World’s disclaimer for information about affiliate links and more.

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