I Gave Up Coffee—Here's What Happened to My Skin



If you’ve ever seen a dermatologist for acne, rosacea, or any kind of inflammation, really, I bet you’ve heard this advice before: Stop drinking coffee. I’ve encountered those words many times, but I’ve never acted on them. Until recently, that is, when my curiosity (and quest for better skin) finally overtook my caffeine addiction.

You always hear people swear that giving up [insert vice here] changed everything for their skin. Most often, it’s dairy, sugar, wheat, or coffee. And while there’s actually a shortage of science-backed studies correlating acne with the popular drink, coffee (also highly acidic) has been scientifically linked to an uptick in the body’s natural stress response, which in turn can mess with hormones. And as we know, hormonal acne is most definitely a thing. So with countless dermatologists telling me that cutting coffee is what would finally take care of my pesky breakouts, I retired my Starbucks card in the name of better skin. Is coffee really all that bad for your skin? I was prepared to find out. And after weathering through three very long weeks sans my morning cup of joe, I came face to face with some surprising results.