New research indicates white wine may increase the risk of rosacea

Posted at 5:55 PM, Apr 21, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-22 08:59:41-04

That glass of white wine you "occasionally" have may not be all that good for your skin.

It all depends on how you define “occasional” - is that once a year or once a month? 

New research found an association between women drinking white wine and an increased risk for developing rosacea. 

Nearly 83,000 women were evaluated every 4 years for over 14 years. Researchers found those drinking 1 to 3 drinks a month had a 14 percent increased risk. Women drinking 5 or more white wines a week, had a 49 percent increased risk of rosacea.

Rosacea is a common skin disease that causes redness and visible blood vessels on your face. Some people can also develop small red bumps that resemble acne.  

We don’t know what causes rosacea or why white wine may trigger it. But the researchers speculate a weaker immune system may lead to blood vessels dilating. 

Red wine is often blamed for triggering and intensifying Rosacea in those who already have the disorder.  But when it comes to drinking liquor, the study found a 28 percent increased risk if you drank 5 or more drinks a week.  

It’s estimated 16 million Americans suffer with rosacea. To prevent flare-up, here are my prescriptions:

  • Learn what triggers your rosacea and determine if they are avoidable. It could be sunlight, stress, food or beverages like wine and liquor.
  • See your dermatologist for a skin-care plan. There are facial products and medications designed to reduce and control symptoms.
  • Use sunscreen daily with an SPF of 30 or higher. Also protect your face against strong wind and cold temperatures with a scarf as these can worsen your Rosacea.
  • If you have visible blood vessels or extensive redness, these can be treated, removed or reduced with lasers at your dermatologist’s office.

No scientific research has been done, but evidence suggest rosacea may be inherited if you have a family history of it. 

Anyone can develop rosacea but you’re more likely to get it if you’re female, are 30 or older, smoke, and have fair skin.