What Is All of That Coffee Doing to Your Skin?
My Coffee Journey
Dr Rashmi Shetty says, “Being a Mangalorean, I grew up with the aroma of fresh filter coffee brewing in the kitchen. As the years went by, my taste palate was introduced to the concept of Latte, Cappuccino, Espresso, Mocha and more!! The black coffee was a fascinating encounter to my taste buds as well.”
History of Coffee
According to a legend, the Ethiopians were the first to recognize the energizing effect of the coffee plant. The story goes that an Ethiopian goatherd discovered the stimulating effect of coffee when he noticed how excited his goats became after eating the beans from a coffee plant.
What happens if you consume too much coffee?
According to a recent study, women who drink a lot of coffee may have a higher risk of
- Bone fractures
What does excess coffee do to your skin?
- Dehydration from coffee causes skin redness, dryness, ageing and inflammation
- Diary in your drink could impact your skin. Dairy, to a lot of people may prove to be inflammatory to the skin. The hormones fed to the cow and preservatives in your milk can impact your skin in multiple ways.
- Caffeine may lead to an increase in stress response. Cortisol, a stress hormone, may increase the secretion of oil from your sebaceous glands, making the skin prone to breakouts.
- Sugar in your coffee attaches to the collagen in your skin that may lead to signs of ageing. Sugar can negatively affect your hormones and lead to acne. So, opting for an unsweetened non-diary creamer could help.
- Excess coffee can disturb your gut flora. It can cause gut inflammation, which eventually shows up as inflammation in your skin.
If you have PCOS, adult acne or red irritated skin, it is important to have coffee without sugar and dairy products.
- Dr Rashmi Shetty
Though coffee helps you jumpstart your day by giving you the extra energy you need to finish that early morning project at work, consumption of excess coffee causes damage to your skin. The good news is you do not have to give up on your favorite drink entirely. You can still enjoy it but start cutting down on the intake.
Credit: Audio notes provided by Dr Rashmi Shetty
Dr Rashmi Shetty, a specialist dermatologist, is an international speaker, teacher, and author with over 18 years of aesthetic and clinical dermatology experience.
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