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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.


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


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