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How can limiting alcohol help sun-damaged skin?

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Too much alcohol triggers a process called glycation that destroys collagen and elastin. It also saps skin’s hydration, which makes wrinkles more noticeable, and causes spidery capillaries to show up on your face.

SOURCES:

Mona Gohara, MD, associate clinical professor of dermatology, at Yale School of Medicine, New Haven, CT.

Skin Cancer Foundation: “Repair (and Even Reverse) Signs of Sun Damage.”

Arielle Kauvar, MD, clinical professor of dermatology, New York University School of Medicine, New York.

Oyetakin-White, P. , January 2015. Clinical and Experimental Dermatology

Cosgrove, M. , October 2007. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition

Fruits and Veggies—More Matters. “Best of: Vitamin C.”

Patricia Farris, MD, clinical assistant professor of dermatology, Tulane University School of Medicine, New Orleans.

Crane, J. , April 2015. Aging Cell

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on August 11, 2017

SOURCES:

Mona Gohara, MD, associate clinical professor of dermatology, at Yale School of Medicine, New Haven, CT.

Skin Cancer Foundation: “Repair (and Even Reverse) Signs of Sun Damage.”

Arielle Kauvar, MD, clinical professor of dermatology, New York University School of Medicine, New York.

Oyetakin-White, P. , January 2015. Clinical and Experimental Dermatology

Cosgrove, M. , October 2007. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition

Fruits and Veggies—More Matters. “Best of: Vitamin C.”

Patricia Farris, MD, clinical assistant professor of dermatology, Tulane University School of Medicine, New Orleans.

Crane, J. , April 2015. Aging Cell

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on August 11, 2017

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