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 are the Benefits of Coffee?

Whether you are cradling a coffee mug on your way to work or rushing out to your class to refuel with a Latte, it’s impossible to imagine a day without it, for some people.

Even though caffeine is the first thing that comes to our mind, when we think of coffee, there is no need to feel overly guilty! Coffee contains polyphenols, a type of antioxidant. Antioxidants can help get rid of free radicals in the body, which are waste substances produced naturally by our bodies.

So, does that mean that you can start drowning in glasses of favorite coffee?

Just like everything else in life, having too much of anything good turns bad for you.

While having one glass of coffee is good for you, having too much coffee is found to have negative effects on your health.

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
  • Endometriosis
  • GERD
  • Anxiety

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.

To know what coffee can do to your skin, watch Dr Rashmi Shetty answer all your concerns here

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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