Coffee and caffeine is a necessity for many of us. The first thing we do in the morning is grab a cup of coffee – and are not human before we drink it! But after years of drinking coffee, adding milk and sugar – have you ever wondered if coffee is bad for your skin? Is it making you break out? Causing wrinkles? I was wondering and did some research to find out.
Caffeine dehydrates our bodies and when this happens it makes your liver work even harder. When this happens it causes toxic build up in the body which has an effect on your skin. Dehydrated skin causes redness and premature aging and without enough water to fix the dehydration and detox your body, toxic buildup in the skin can also cause acne.
If you drink coffee with cream or lattes and cappuccinos – dairy could also be effecting your skin. Adding milk or sugar to your coffee can trigger acne. Milk and dairy is filled with hormones which negatively effects the production of sebum and glues dead skin cells together. If you’re dealing with skin problems it may be worth cutting out the dairy from your diet as an elimination test. If your breakouts go away, then it might have been the dairy causing it – especially in the chin and jawline area.
If you’re drinking anything other than a cup of black coffee, there is probably sugar in your latte, cappuccino or whichever drink you grab. Adding sugar to your drink could also be effecting your skin. Digested sugar permanently attaches to the collagen in your skin through a process known as glycation. Aside from increasing the effects of aging, glycation can also exacerbate skin conditions like acne and rosacea – source.
So from what I found searching online, heres the conclusion from InStyle “The results of drinking too much coffee can cause the skin to wrinkle prematurely, and become more lax with time,” says Dr. S. Manjula Jegasothy, M.D., CEO and founder of the Miami Skin Institute. “These changes definitely give the skin a more aged appearance than in people who do not consume caffeine.” So, how much is too much? Dr. Jegasothy notes that one to two cups a day is fine, but anything over that limit is overkill. Having problems with your skin but don’t want to give up the coffee? Shop a few of my favorites that might help.