Being Irish I am known to like the odd tipple, but in the past I had to ask myself was all that fun I was having at the weekend making my skin miserable by mid week? Cocktails my friends are laced in sugar, fruit juices mixed into your favourite colourful concoctions are more than likely concentrated and high in sugar. We all know sugar is not our friend when it comes to Perioral Dermatitis and acne as it can trigger and anger existing breakouts. When I’m trying to be ‘good’ or control the level of yeast in my gut I go for a gin and sparkling water, either with a squeeze of lime or slice of cucumber. Not the fruitiest of drinks but definitely doesn’t add any more fuel to the fire.
Wine is very high in sulphates (preservatives to extend its shelf life) every time I have a glass of white wine within the hour I have sinus congestion. Don’t even get me started on red wine but I do like a glass of mulled wine at Christmas. If you are a wine drinker search out organic wines as they have less sulphates and a much more enjoyable experience. If truth be told I’m a beer drinker, always have been. But when I first moved to Denmark I had to rethink my beer of choice. Because Carlsberg- probably ‘isnt’ the best lager in the world …from a yeast perspective anyway. Due to its high yeast content it causes flare ups in my skin when I drink it. I did some research and Heineken carries less yeast and it’s my poison of choice for now.
Try to listen to your body and observe reactions after certain drinks. I stopped drinking cider because when I drank it I was always became so bloated but also felt physically ill the next day even just after a few bottles. You shouldn’t feel like this (unless you have done the complete dog) and if you are experiencing PD flare ups after a hectic weekend then start to ask yourself why?