I need wine now more than ever to cope with the battlefield that is my Twitter news feed each evening, and now even my carefully defined “self-care” routine (it involves no shortage of Pinot Grigio and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend) is in jeopardy.
A new study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology found that women who drink Pinot Grigio, even just a few times a month, have a significantly higher risk of developing rosacea.
For those who don’t know, rosacea is not the instantaneous flush that follows a few too many glasses of wine; it’s a bit more permanent and uncomfortable than that. According to the Mayo Clinic, it’s a common skin condition that causes “redness and visible blood vessels in your face.” It can also involve red, pus-filled bumps, and can come for weeks before disappearing again.
Researchers analyzed over 82,000 women over a 14-year period, and found that just a few glasses of white wine a month is associated with a 14 percent increased risk of rosacea — five or more glasses a month and it’s a 49 percent increase, Allure reports.
The tiny, red lining is that drinking Pinot Noir or other red wines seems to have no correlation at all.
Still, if this study is anything to go by, trading in a glass of chardonnay for another beverage may be the best preventative strategy.
First, you go for my Diet Coke, and now my Pinot Grigio?
What am I supposed to drink… water?