by Philipp Roth

Alcohol and drugs: what does the intoxication mean for the skin?

No power to drugs Let's not kid ourselves: Almost all people like t...
Alkohol und Drogen: Was bedeutet der Rausch für die Haut?

No power to drugs Let's not kid ourselves: Almost all people like to drink a few beers and wines, some use stronger drugs for a good high. While this may be fun, it is not particularly intoxicating on your skin. We have summarized the typical effects of alcohol and drugs. 

Why are drugs bad for the skin?

The obvious first: Your skin can be used to tell whether you are consuming drugs. Depending on the type of skin change, it could even be more precisely determined which smoke poison is involved.

But first things first: not all drugs are created equal. Injection drugs like heroin are initially physically invasive. You would recognize this by puncture points on arms, hands, back of the knees, etc. The skin damage caused by this can persist depending on the degree of hardness and leave scar tissue behind.

If you consume drugs, you not only consume the actual intoxicating substance, but also additives. These are often added because the drug can only be consumed in this way, or because someone enriches themselves with stretched goods. The additives can also affect your skin.

Illegal drugs: What pathological symptoms do you have on your skin??

A small selection of typical illnesses associated with the use of illegal drugs:

 drug illness What it means
cocaine Papillomavirus infections Warts on the nose, also known assnorter warts.
Vasculitis These are autoimmune diseases that lead to inflammation of the i.a. Arteries, capillaries and veins leads. As a result, it looks very bad for skin, as if it doesn't want to google it.n.
heroin Urticaria or hives The skin reacts pathologically to influences and shows this through wheals or aggressive reddening of the skin.
Methamphetaminen) Xerosis Unusually dry tissue surfaces, affects not only the skin but also the eyes, the mucous membranes in the mouth, the upper airways and the urinary bladder.
Pruritus Known as itching. Is not only particularly painful, but also triggers a vicious circle by scratching.
Ecstasy Acneiform skin changes Known as ecstasy pimples, papules and pustules appear on the face when consuming the party drug.

Cigarettes: not smoking is like cosmetics

Where does tobacco consumption actually not make itself felt? It affects your lungs, your condition, your sense of smell and smell, the quality of your sperm and much more..

It can be clearly seen on the skin that someone is a smoker: The pollutant bombs ensure that the collagen and elastin levels drop, making your skin less elastic and wrinkle. It is heavily stressed by the toxins, nutrients are missing and make you look pale.

When you smoke, you impair your own blood circulation, including that of the skin. This leads to a high risk of infection and hard-to-treat smoker's acne. By weakening blood circulation, smoking once again contributes to the fact that your skin becomes inelastic, is less able to regenerate itself and leaves an overall unhealthy appearance.

If you do without cigarettes, you also do without a typical, unsightly smoker appearance.

Special case of alcohol: Particularly harmful to the skin

Alcohol is a real problem drug. In contrast to illegal drugs, alcohol is absolutely legal, and in contrast to smoking, alcohol is still socially accepted if not even desired!!

But whatever alcohol is: bad for your skin. Here are the main appearances on the skin:

  • Dry skin and wrinkles: Alcohol also removes fluid from your skin. And not only that: important nutrients are also lost! All in all, this leads to wrinkles and a pale appearance of your skin..
  • Skin swelling: The alcohol is targeting your connective tissue. As a result, your skin loses its elasticity and is less elastic. In addition, it swells.
  • Skin redness: Red veins: Your blood vessels widen due to the alcohol, which reddened your skin and made you cut faster. With regular consumption, veins can also form, especially on the face.
  • Skin irritation: The breakdown product acetaldehyde, which is also responsible for your hangover the day after, is excreted by your body through the skin. Our body actually knows this substance, but in excessive amounts it can no longer cope with it, which leads to skin irritation.t.
  • Decreased defense function: The really great thing about our skin is that it alone has many good properties to protect yourself. However, you damage your own immune system by consuming alcohol: itching and flaking can occur. The symptoms worsen particularly in patients with neurodermatitis, psoriasis or eczema.
  • Hair loss: The body hair can recede due to the stressed or damaged liver.
  • Blemishes: Regular alcohol consumption promotes sebum production. This threatens to clog your pores and become inflamed. The result is pimples and blackheads.

What can I do about skin damage caused by alcohol and drugs?

The bad news is that you will see some effects on your skin for a long time to ever. Skin cells are renewed and there are regenerative effects, but wrinkles and red veins will last a lifetime.

That is why it is all the more important that you maintain a healthy and conscious use of drugs. It's best for you and your skin: none at all!

And there we have a little problem, because many of us like to drink a glass of wine or beer or two at the end of the day. So if you can't quite leave it, we advise you two things:e:

  1. Always take in parallel! enough water to you. This way you counteract the dehydration caused by alcohol.n.
  2. Take care of your skin and supply it with moisture and important nutrients. We didn't develop our Hydra Defense Cream for combat drinkers, but in a way that it makes your skin fresh again. Try it! Go to the shop herep.

The best for you and your skin is and will always be: #staysober



Hallo Marcus,

wir bieten derzeit Proben der Gesichtscreme im Online Shop an. Du kannst diese hier zum testen bestellen:

Liebe Grüße vom sober Team


Hallo Philipp,

ich wollte mal fragen, ob es eventuell möglich wäre, ne Gratisprobe zu bekommen?!
Viele Grüße

Marcus Bär

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