New research published online on April 20, 2017 in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology revealed that increased consumption of alcohol, particularly white wine and liquor, is associated with a higher risk of rosacea in women.
To examine rosacea’s connection to alcohol use in women, the authors—led by Wen-Qing Li, an assistant professor of dermatology at Brown University—reviewed data collected from 82,737 women over 14 years (1991-2005) via the Nurses’ Health Study II. There were 4,945 cases on rosacea.
They found that patients who drank alcohol had an elevated risk of developing rosacea, and that risk increased as their alcohol consumption increased. In examining the risk associated with specific types of alcohol, the researchers found that white wine and liquor were significantly associated with a higher rosacea risk.
Although more research is necessary to determine why alcohol consumption may increase the risk of rosacea, the authors believe that alcohol’s weakening of the immune system and widening of the blood vessels could contribute to the redness and flushing that occur when one develops the condition. The authors say further research is also needed to shed more light on...