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How Does Drinking Coffee Affect Your Skin?

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Ahh, our beloved coffee. Or not so beloved? The debate has been ongoing—is coffee bad for you or beneficial to your health? Well skin is an important part of your overall health, and your skin has a lot to say about the state of your general health. Let’s face it—we all want clear-looking skin right? And the verdict is in on whether coffee is good for you skin or not.

Dehydration

It’s no surprise that coffee is dehydrating, but how does that affect your skin? Dehydrated skin causes inflammation, so you’ll expect redness on the face, and dehydration also causes the skin to age prematurely because the skin is losing collagen. Without enough water to flush out the toxins from coffee, you could also see toxin buildup on the face showing up as acne. Woof, not sounding too good.

Tannins

Tannins are essentially toxins that are released in caffeinated beverages like coffee and tea. Drinking beverages with tannins puts a heavy load of toxins into your liver. If the liver has a hard time processing the tannins, you’ll end up with liver spots on your skin. Skin tip: Keep your liver happy and flushed.

Hormones

Because coffee distributes caffeine into the body immediately, coffee can send your hormones out of whack. Coffee drains your adrenals leading to adrenal fatigue. Hormone imbalance almost always shows up on the skin. Giving up your daily cup of Joe can eliminate your breakouts and clear up your skin’s overall tone and texture. Additionally, without coffee your pores will look cleaner, and your skin will stay hydrated—less dry patches.

Skip the lattes

Dairy is often times the culprit behind acne-prone skin. Time and time again people celebrate how giving up dairy totally cleared their skin. If you’re going to drink coffee, avoid milk and stick to nut milk lattes or drink your coffee black. By doing so you’ll naturally cut back on sugar—the other skin destroyer.

If you’re going to drink coffee…

If you absolutely must have your coffee be sure to load up on H20. Drink a full glass of water when you wake up, so you’re hydrated before drinking coffee. Keep it to a minimum. Try to drink just one cup a day, maybe two, and definitely no more than that. To boost your coffee with health benefits, try adding herbal supplements and adaptogens like ashwagandha. Ashwagandha helps reduce stress in the body and boosts your body’s immune response. In some ways it can help with counteracting some of the caffeine intake.

Kate Wilke is a freelancer in the midst of health coach and yoga training, as well as a certified meditation instructor. When she's not paddle boarding or skiing, she's informing someone about global warming (or cats) over a local double IPA. Follow her on Instagram — @meditatekate