Beauty Tips Learn how your favourite cup of coffee affects your skin

The pressing question is, when you drink the dark brew, is it good for your insides?

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More and more people get hooked on coffee everyday, same way we find our work load increasing so much so that we increase our daily intake of this brew.

According to the National Coffee Association, 61 percent of all Americans drink coffee daily, and the average consumption is around three cups.

The pressing question is, when you drink the dark brew, is it good for your insides?

Of course, it gives the needed pump at that moment, but do the cons outweigh the pros?

Here's how coffee affects your skin and the science behind it all.

1. Dehydration

Like sodium and alcohol, caffeine dehydrates our bodies. They make the liver work in overtime, which causes toxic build up in the body. When our bodies are in toxic overload, the presence of low-level toxins that make their way to your skin disrupt healthy skin function.

While we can sing coffee's praises as a laxative, it is a diuretic, which means it causes you to lose hydration, which has a direct effect on your skin. Dehydrated skin causes inflammation (redness) and premature aging (collagen loss). Additionally, without enough water flushing your system, toxic buildup in the skin can also cause acne.

2. Creamer Clogging

If you are acne-prone, check to see how much dairy you are consuming. When you consume caffeine in the form of light or sweet coffee, you run the risk of consuming additional acne boosters. According to the good people at Clear Skin Forever, any milk or sugar that's in your coffee can trigger acne. Clear Skin Forever calls milk the worst thing to consume if you want to maintain clear skin, because it's loaded with hormones, negatively effects the production of sebum, and glues dead skin cells together.

3. Destructive Sweeteners: Glycation

Aside from causing dehydration and creating acne, sugar causes glycation, which results in inflammation and premature aging.

4. Tannin Build-Up

Tannins are found in coffee and black tea. While there's absolutely no science behind this anecdote, it does point to the fact that tannins which are present in coffee and black teas, are used to tan animal hides into leather.

It gets processed by your liver, which filters gunk out of your body. Sadly, your liver also retains a fair amount of these toxins over time, which can contribute to liver spots on your skin.

Overall, consuming too much coffee, and all the milk and sugar that may be in there, will age you faster than want.

The best thing you should always remember is, less is more. Wean yourself slowly, but try. Try hard. Drink more water to flush out toxins and combat dehydration. Consume less caffeine or switch to decaf or green tea. It's not easy, but worth the attempt.

It's all about balance and moderation. Minimize some of the habits that are detrimental to your skin and see how it responds for at least two weeks.

Listen to your body! Read your skin.

You can also switch to a non-dairy supplement like almond or coconut milk for your coffee.

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