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Are you doing Dry January?

January 8, 2019 by Samantha Smith
Dry January Clearer Skin

You can stop panicking – alcohol does not cause acne, but Dry January is a great place to start helping your body recover from the increased intake over Christmas and the New Year festivities. Because alcohol can in fact interfere with some bodily systems that affect skin health such as hormones.

We all know hormones play a huge role in almost every bodily function. They influence mood, skin health, weight, metabolism, and so on. So to disrupt them further introducing large amounts of alcohol may not be the best idea, and cutting it out of your diet, even for a short period, could do wonders for your skin (not to mention other areas of the body).


Alcohol can actually hinder the way in which oxygen and nutrients travel through the skin. Studies have found a connection between alcohol and testosterone levels and have been found to elevate testosterone levels in women whilst decreasing it in men. Hormonal imbalances can cause increased sebum production, clogging pores resulting in breakouts.


Alcohol is processed by the body as sugar which can contribute to inflammation. Cysts are thought to be a form of inflammatory acne. Alcohol is seen by the body to have a high glycaemic index. Consuming a low GI diet has been found to help improve acne and stabilise blood sugar levels.


Dehydration for you and your skin is another major side effect of alcohol. This is because it is a diuretic, increasing urine production. Therefore you need to drink more water whilst drinking alcohol to replace what you are losing. Not many of us do this though. It’s important to remember that water is ‘the’ best drink for overall health, including skin’s health. Dehydration not only dehydrates the body but our skin too. Dry skin once again increases sebum production, leading to clogged pores and further breakouts.

Dry January clearer skinWe at Works With Water obviously agree with water being the best drink for skin health – it’s why our help: clear skin supplements are formulated to work best ‘with’ water and help clear a complexion from the inside – out.


Dry January is a great place to start to get your skin back on track after the season of overindulgence. Moderation is everything. So if after January you decide you miss a little tipple every now and then, remember moderation. Moderation is generally thought to be:

  • Women, one drink per day.
  • Men under 65, up to two drinks per day.
  • Men over 65, one drink per day.

But maybe Dry January will kick-start a new chapter in your life which remains alcohol-free and with a clearer complexion. Either way, we wish you a happy 2019 and hope it is the year that brings you the clearer complexion you dream of.

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