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Can your skincare regimen cause you to fail a DWI breath test?

If you are like many young adults, you worry about developing wrinkles, dark spots and other blemishes on your skin. While it is advisable to wear sunscreen and regularly meet with your doctor, you may also prevent skin damage with a skincare regimen.

According to Good Housekeeping, the right skincare routine for you depends on your age, skin type and a few other factors. After picking your regimen, you may expect to have glowing and supple skin. You may not realize, though, that your skincare regimen may cause you to fail a DWI breath test.

Why do officers administer breath tests?

Officers only need reasonable suspicion to stop your vehicle. This is a comparatively low legal threshold that is often not hard for officers to satisfy. To arrest you for driving while impaired, though, officers must have probable cause. To develop probable cause, an officer may ask you to breathe into a testing device.

What do breath tests do?

Breath tests are an easy way for officers to measure the amount of alcohol you have in your system. To take the test, you breathe into a testing device. Then, the device registers your blood alcohol concentration. If your BAC is above Texas’s 0.08% legal limit, you may find yourself sitting in the back of a squad car.

How can skin care products affect DWI breath tests?

A DWI breath test may not be able to distinguish between the alcohol in your system and the alcohol in your skincare products. That is, the device may pick up residual alcohol from your toner or another product, causing you to fail the breath test.

Ultimately, if you are facing DWI charges after failing a breath test, it may be wise to consider whether your skincare products may have interfered with the accuracy of the test.

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