Who does not love coffee? Everyone loves this magic drink. But do not you know that coffee could worsen your acne? Actually, this topic is a pretty complicated topic. Does coffee have acne? Before we learn about the relationship between coffee and acne, let us first know about the coffee itself. Coffee is a very complex beverage and contains more than 1,000 chemical compounds. This is more than chocolate and wine containing 250 and 450 chemical compounds.
Of course we already know that caffeine is the best-known ingredient in coffee. This compound gives coffees its mood-enhancing properties and incredible stimulant. But do you know that coffee also contains other things like antioxidants, lignans, trigonellines, lignans, quinides, diterpenes and chlorogenic acid? Coffee is indeed and incredibly complex drink with a complex interaction of health benefits.
Relationship between coffee and acne
This is how coffee can trigger acne in its own way. Coffee can increase your body’s stress response. Some experts believe that this is the most sensible problem with coffee consumption that can trigger acne. Scientifically, coffee will cause hyperadrenaline. It means that this thing allows the adrenal glands to respond to the stress event and increase the production of stress hormones. That’s not good at all.
When your body responds to stressful events, you will usually go into ‘stress’ mode, for example by activating your sympathetic nervous system. All those little daily stressful events at work and relationship problems with your family, your lover and your friends are the ones that can distress you. When you are stressed out, your body will release three hormones that are norepinephrine, adrenaline and cortisol. These hormones prepare you for a “fight or flight” reaction. When your stress is gone, your body will go into relaxation mode and these stress hormones will also disappear. So, in fact, acne also has a correlation with the hormone that causes stress. And that’s bad news for you. Besides, coffee makes it worse.
The fact is, coffee will massively increase your body’s stress response. A study has shown that after drinking coffee, a stressful event increases the cortisol of the subject by 211% compared to those who did not drink coffee. In addition, our adrenaline level rises by 233%. This means that coffee makes your body’s hormonal stress response absolute.
Coffee is bad news for your skin because the same stress hormones trigger acne. Your insulin is pumped out of these stress hormones. A hormone that works for acne, in at least three ways that are insulin, your skin will produce excess sebum, insulin will increase the inflammatory levels of your body, make your acne more red and swollen, and the last insulin will trigger an overproduction new Skin cells that make your pores clog.
So … what about decaffeinated?
Decaffeinated coffee can be a reasonable alternative, with some reservations. It still contains the beneficial antioxidants of coffee without the problems associated with caffeine and the increased stress response (# 1, 2 and 4), but it is still acidic and can cause digestive flora, dysbiosis and therefore acne.
A big drawback is that decaffeinated coffee usually contains more mycotoxins than regular coffee, because the worst-tasting beans (that is, the mold-infested beans) are usually “decaffeinated”, giving you the biggest mycotoxin punch. In addition, the caffeine in the coffee actually protects against mold and mycotoxins, so that removal of the caffeine (as with decaffeinated coffee) is more likely to grow mold on the coffee during storage. No bueno!
So, if you want to drink decaffeinated, buy your coffee freshly roasted from one of the really high quality coffee roasters out there that make high quality decaffeination with a Swiss water process to remove the caffeine. They use large, low-mycotoxin beans. You pay a premium for these, but you will avoid most of the caffeine problem and the mycotoxin problem as well. The only remaining issues with such high quality decaffeination would be the mineral deficiencies and dysbiosis (# 5 and 6 above). On occasions when we drink it, we get our decaffeinated coffee from a large local roasting house in Bend, Oregon – Lone Pine – and you can order beans online from companies like Intelligentsia and Blue Bottle (we’re not affiliated with any of these companies).
An even better idea is to drink herbal tea or a steaming cup of bouillon (assemble your bones with your morning cup, do not consume them!). Or even easier (and cheaper), just drink water and breakfast in the morning!
Three more reasons to give up coffee (not associated with acne)
- Coffee messes up your normal sleep / wake hormone cycle. In the morning, your cortisol levels should be highest (which will help you wake up in the morning), but chronic coffee drinkers will not experience this naturally elevated cortisol in the morning, so they must drink coffee to drive their cortisol back to normal levels, so they actually do wake up and be able to function. Much better, in my book, let your hormones naturally regulate, rather than depending on a drug like caffeine, to increase your cortisol / wake you up in the morning.
- Coffee makes muscle building difficult. Coffee is catabolic because it increases your cortisol for up to 10 hours after drinking. Cortisol basically eats your muscles – if you want to build muscle, then you should minimize catabolic hormones like cortisol and maximize anabolic hormones like growth hormones (naturally, of course, by lifting heavy weights – artificial fortification of these hormones by whey protein, muscle) supplements, testosterone boosters, etc. tends to cause acne.)
- Coffee dehydrates the body (it is a diuretic). This can, according to Dr. Perricone, author of The Wrinkle Cure, lead to premature aging and wrinkling. Coffee also impairs collagen and elastin production, which are absolutely crucial to maintaining supple, youthful skin, so that coffee makes your skin age faster. If you drink coffee, you can keep up the beautiful glow and the healthy-looking skin for longer.
In conclusion, coffee is indeed one of the causes of acne. It makes you hyperactive in response to stress. Stress hormones trigger acne and pump out insulin, which is responsible for acne.