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Is It Just Me Or Do I Get Way More Sunburned When I’m Drinking?

It’s now legitimately hot outside and the sun is shining. This means that two things are a must: wearing extra sunscreen to protect skin, and drinking alcohol al fresco (in moderation, of course).

But then I heard murmurs that the two have a combative relationship, and a light bulb went on in my head. Can drinking alcohol affect your sun sensitivity? When I checked out the scenario with dermatologists, they weren’t necessarily able to call out a definitive link, but there does seem to be a correlation between alcohol consumption and an increased risk of sun damage.

“There is a slight association between some alcohol—primarily white wine—and the likelihood of developing skin cancer,” says Rachel Nazarian, MD, a board-certified dermatologist with Schweiger Dermatology. That said, she notes that she hasn’t seen a study that proves that alcohol makes you sun sensitive or increases your chances of getting a sunburn, though others have echoed that consumption of alcohol does correlate with an increased risk of skin cancer.

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Source: Well+Good – Is It Just Me Or Do I Get Way More Sunburned When I’m Drinking? By, Rachel Lapidos

About Schweiger Dermatology Group

Schweiger Dermatology Group was founded to help make excellent dermatology care accessible throughout the Northeast. In 2010, Dr. Eric Schweiger started the practice with a single location in Midtown Manhattan. When he saw the need for high-quality dermatology care that did not require weeks or months of waiting to see a qualified provider, his vision of a multi-location practice was born.

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