If you had to chose between coffee and having clear skin, which would you choose? For most of us, it would be having clear skin. But giving coffee up is just not that easy for a number of reasons. Mainly it’s because most of us love coffee. It’s flavorful and it gives us a nice boost to start our day. But ultimately, coffee is not good for acne. While it’s not terrible for acne, it should still be avoided if you’re serious about curing acne.
The main issue with coffee is the caffeine. Sure it will give you energy, but it also has many negative side effects that disrupt your hormonal balance. Caffeine stimulates the adrenal gland which produces adrenaline. This can overstimulate your hormones which leads to the excess production of sebum (skin oil). Your skin will then become more oily and you will be prone to an acne breakout. It’s always best to avoid any supplements that alter hormone production.
Coffee is not good on its own. With additives it’s even worse. The three additives to avoid are: white sugar, milk, and artificial sweeteners. Sugar will spike your blood sugar levels and make your body produce more insulin. This will pollute your blood and throw your body off balance. Artificial sweeteners are not a good substitute for sugar. In many cases they are worse for your health because your body will have trouble digesting an unnatural substance. Lastly, milk should be avoided because it contains hormones and your body has trouble digesting its protein. Both sugar and milk are two of the primary foods that should be avoided.
Coffee is a diuretic, so it forces you to release fluids. Your skin needs to stay well-hydrated in order to function and look good. Dehydration is especially a problem at the beginning of your day. You don’t want to start your day dehydrated. If you do choose to drink it then make sure to drink a lot of water throughout your day to balance out the effect.
A lot of us are still going to drink coffee, no matter what negative reports say. Therefore it’s best to choose a brand that does not have too many negative qualities. First, you want to choose a high-quality organic brand. Stay away from the instant type and don’t buy anything cheap. Second, you want to drink the coffee in its natural form. Don’t put in any additives. They might make the drink taste better but they can also negatively impact your system. The best solution is to quit drinking it altogether and switch over to green tea. It tastes good and still has some caffeine- although not nearly as much.
So if you quit coffee, would you see any noticeable difference in your skin? Quite possibly. Will it be a large difference? Probably not. Quitting coffee will usually make a small but positive impact on your skin. In order to win the war against acne you will need to win a lot of small battles. Coffee is one of those small battles, and it’s a battle worth fighting.