With so many beauty-related products from South Korea and Japan coming to the US, you might assume something like "Asian Glow" is just the latest skin-tightening mask or eye-brightening treatment. However, it turns out that "Asian glow" refers to something more than a recent beauty fad. Also known as "Asian flush," this phenomenon is actually a medical condition technically called Alcohol Flush Reaction Syndrome (AFR), and it occurs when some people's chemical makeups interact with alcohol. It's an aptly named phenomenon, considering those who suffer from it can get beet-red in the face after boozing. Unfortunately ,for those of Asian descent, the Asian glow is definitely real, affecting about 50% of East Asians around the world.
Although there are varying degrees of the flush, it usually doesn't take a large amount of alcohol to do the trick. Some of the painful side effects are rashes and hives, glassy eyes, and that signature red skin. Although to its credit the Asian glow does prevent some people from heavy imbibing, many people with the condition admit they've learned to deal with getting red and uncomfortable when they have a cocktail. There's plenty of science behind the flush, though, and it's enough to make you want a good, stiff drink.
The Flush Isn't Just Cosmetic; It Can Be Cancerous
There Is No Cure, But Some People Take Antihistamines To Prevent Glow
Even A Little Alcohol Can Cause The Reaction
The Flush Is Genetic, And Caused By Liver Enzymes Not Doing Their Job
Not Only Does The Liver Not Work, It Creates A Cancer-Causing Substance
Self-Treating The Flush Is A Bad Idea