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How does coffee affect you your skin?

People love their coffee. But what does that cup of joe mean to your skin? There are some pros and cons to consider before going nuts on the coffee today. 

Bad effects of coffee:  


Consuming caffeine can cause dehydration. When caffeine is taken in high doses, can act like a diuretic. Diuretics cause our bodies to urinate more frequently, which can lead to more dehydration in our bodies and dry out the skin as well. Drinking in moderation won’t cause too much dehydration but high consumption may so watch your coffee consumption to drinking no more than 4 cups per day.


Tannin is an astringent found in different drinks like coffee, tea, and wine. Tannins are used for tanning animal hides into leather making the leather soft and shiny. This maybe a good indicator that tannins are not meant to be ingested. Long-term consumption of tannins can cause liver spots. The liver is the organ responsible for filtering toxins like tannins in our body and the liver can retain some of those toxins over time, which causes those liver spots on the skin. To remedy this, again, moderate consumption is best.

Cream and Sugar

Cream can aggravate your skin because of the hormones dairy has, which can boost your acne. To explain how sugar consumption can be bad news for your skin, let’s explain it in simple terms. Ingesting sugar or high glycemic foods can cause your insulin to spike, which then causes inflammation. Inflammation then produces enzymes the breakdown collagen and elastin causing saggy and wrinkly skin. Simple carbohydrates, like some sugars, can also aggravate the skin problems and can worsen your acne or rosacea. When drinking coffee, opt for no cream and no sugar. Try only having black coffee for a week or two. Taste buds can adjust. Try it. It might not be too bad. Your skin and your waistline will thank you.

Good effects of coffee:

Extra Energy

Most coffee drinkers drink coffee because it boosts their energy level. Having that extra energy can get people closer to the gym and we all know that exercising is not only good for our bodies but it is also good for the skin by increasing blood flow and releasing toxins from the body.


Coffee grounds are rough and can be a good exfoliator when you rub it on your skin. It can also reduce the appearance of cellulite…temporarily. Here is a coffee grounds scrub recipe by Popsugar Beauty.

Reduces Puffy Eyes

Caffeine has anti-inflammatory properties that help reduce puffy eyes and dark circles. Caffiene is a vasoconstrictor, which means that it causes your blood vessels to tighten up, and thus reduces the appearance of dark circles.  Although drinking coffee won’t get rid of puffy eyes, applying creams with caffeine will.

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