Caffeine consumption and acne is one of those urban legends, we keep feeling confused about. Acne is an embarrassment for women, and for many, that starts in their teen years, and can last for decades. Coffee is one of those things that people can’t live without. Are the two things truly linked, or is the warning to moderate caffeine consumption really just a scare tactic?
Is There a Link Between Caffeine Consumption and Acne?
The question is controversial, and the answer depends on who you ask, and when you ask. Depending on who you ask, you might hear a resounding yes; others say that it’s not the caffeine in the coffee that causes the acne exactly, but the additions that people put into the coffee to make it easier and more enjoyable to drink.
Dr. Amy Derick, MD, FAAD, a dermatologist from Illinois, told WebMD that the science isn’t that strong:
“The idea that chocolate and caffeine cause acne has never really panned out,” she said. She continued to say that some studies reveal that the bacteria and hormones in milk products might influence acne breakouts. But she also added she’d rather not tell 30-year-old women to avoid milk simply because of potential for acne breakouts.
Others point to other ways that caffeine intake can affect the body as a link between the ingredient and acne. Some say acne flares up for coffee drinkers because the caffeine has a diuretic effect on the body. But again, there are people who say it’s not the coffee to blame.
International facialist and wellbeing expert Abigail James says that she’s worked with individuals who drink coffee and those who drink green tea…
…and has seen just as many green tea drinkers who have adult acne. James believes that maybe the additives to coffee drinks are part of the reason for adult acne breakouts.
This myth has persisted for decades. At Callysee Cosmetics, we believe that our products will make you a believer in the benefits, not the risks, of caffeine for your skin.
If you’re curious about the effect that caffeine might have on your skin, we suggest that you consider a coffee face mask, and judge the results for yourself!
Callyssee is a freshly brewed line of skincare that will pamper you head to toe, add a little zip to your day and some serious glow to your skin. Our fun line of coffee-inspired cosmetics includes Coffee Crush Exfoliating Peeling Gel, Whipped Moisturizing Cream, and even Fizzy Macaron Bath Bombs, to name a few.
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