I stopped drinking for two weeks and this is what happened to my skin

There’s nothing like getting into a good bottle of wine or cracking open a beer after a long day, but it should come as no surprise that daily drinking doesn’t exactly do many favors for your body—especially when it comes to existing skin issues like acne, eczema, or psoriasis.

I’ve personally suffered from psoriasis for about five years—and trust me when I say that I’ve tried everything to clear it up.

It wasn’t until I came across Radiant: Eat Your Way to Healthy Skin by Hannah Sillitoe that I realized my social drinking might be at least one of the major culprits afflicting my skin and so I decided to give up my evening red wine and occasional martini… at least for a week or two just to see what happens.


Day One

I’m not going to sugarcoat it: I love having a glass of wine with my partner at the end of the day—we’re big wine collectors and we really enjoy sipping and savoring new bottles.

However, the idea of potentially having clearer skin really motivated me to switch from wine to Perrier as I watched my partner enjoy the last little bit of wine from the bottle we didn’t finish from yesterday.


Day Three

At this point, I’m not really missing my evening glass of wine but I also haven’t really noticed a difference in my skin—which is fine. I’m assuming it’ll take at least a week to notice a difference.

That said, I’ve definitely noticed a difference in my eyes and my under eye area. Maybe it’s a coincidence but my eyes definitely seem brighter in the morning and significantly less tired looking.


Day Seven

By the end of the first week, I’ve barely noticed a difference in my skin—in fact, it looks like it might be a bit worse off than it was at the beginning of the week.

It’s frustrating, but I’m hoping that it’s just my body getting rid of toxins before it can finally start healing. On the bright side, I still notice a significant difference in my face: my skin seems more hydrated and tighter—almost like I had a facial.


Day Ten

By the tenth day, I’ve finally begun to notice a difference in my skin—it’s noticeably less inflamed and it’s so encouraging to see a difference after noticing such little change for over a week.

While it’s still tough to watch my partner enjoy all of these great bottles of wine, noticing a positive change in my skin has definitely made this detox worth it even if this small improvement is all I get.


Day Fourteen

By the end of the two weeks, I was actually feeling pretty good. I dropped three pounds, had more energy in the morning, and saved a ton of money. The best part was inarguably the visible difference in my skin.

While my psoriasis hadn’t completely cleared up, it was less inflamed, less painful, and definitely not spreading like it had when I was drinking on a near-daily basis.

I’ve been lucky enough to never really struggle with acne but I did notice my skin was noticeably brighter and the monthly hormonal acne I did encounter was nowhere in sight.

In conclusion, giving up my nightly glass of wine for two weeks was a great detox for my body and definitely made me realize that swapping the occasional cocktail for a Perrier might be necessary for my lifestyle if I want to achieve healthy skin long term—afterall, moderation is key.