Does Coffee Dehydrate Your Skin? (Interesting Facts)

Coffee is an abundant source of antioxidants but it is a diuretic. This means that it draws water from your body, leaving you dehydrated and wrinkly. If coffee is consumed under limits, it does no harm. But if coffee is being consumed excessively, it can have irreversible effects.

Coffee has over 6 billion drinkers worldwide. It’s popular for its caffeine boost. It activates your alertness, wakes you up instantly, and makes you less sleepy. But are you noticing some fine lines around your forehead?

Or do you think your skin is getting dryer than usual and you need to apply moisture more often? Well, it can be because of coffee.

Coffee is replete with antioxidants that are good for your skin. But it is also a diuretic. It shouldn’t be a problem if consumed in moderation but overdosing can dehydrate your skin severely. And dehydrated skin is a significant cause of wrinkles.

If you want to have coffee in moderation and also want to know about coffee’s link to dehydration of the skin, keep on reading this article.

What Does Drinking Coffee Do To Your Skin?

Coffee when consumed in advised quantities does no harm to your skin. If applied topically it can fade away fine lines and wrinkles. And constantly drinking coffee but not more than 2 to 3 small cups provides essential nutrients and antioxidants that are good for your skin.

Coffee is loved all around the world. It is a part of almost everybody’s morning ritual. But does it harm your skin? If you consume it within limits, it doesn’t.

Coffee is the largest source of antioxidants and nutrients in the western diet. Because the U.S. in its true sense runs on coffee, it supplies 60% of our daily need of antioxidants.

a cappuccino cup kept on the table with some sweet treats.

These antioxidants help improve the overall health of your skin. Skin, being the largest organ of our body can also benefit from coffee if applied topically.

The caffeine from the coffee is being added to many beauty products like creams and lotions. The caffeine helps depuff your face and makes your complexion bright. It even helps to fade away fine lines and wrinkles.

Plus, the antioxidants from drinking the coffee remove toxins from your body. These toxins harm your skin and make it look dull in some cases. But drinking coffee can also help with that.

Keep in mind, coffee drinking in moderation is helpful and over-dosing can dehydrate your skin noticeably.

You can watch this awesome video to know more about coffee facts related to skin.

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Is Drinking Coffee Bad For Your Skin?

Drinking coffee is not necessarily bad for your skin, in fact, it can even be good for it if applied topically. But, if drank in excess, coffee can severely damage your skin by causing wrinkles and pimples.

Skin is the largest organ of our body and also the most visible one. So, taking care of your skin is very important. But maybe, your daily cuppa is damaging your skin more than you?  Well, that’s not the case.  

It is suggested not to consume more than 400 mg of caffeine in a day. This is about three to four 8oz cups of coffee in a day. But if you devour Frappuccino and Latte’s more than this, it can have some irreversible damages to your skin.

The acids present in coffee can increase the acidity within your body. This excessive acid can trigger your skin. Causing more production of oil and sebum thus resulting in breakouts. I wrote a more detailed article on the effects of coffee on acne and you can check it out if you’re interested.

Also, the diuretic properties of coffee can come into play here. Typically, it shouldn’t be a problem but if you are a heavy coffee drinker it can dehydrate your skin immediately causing wrinkles and dry patches. In addition to this, the dairy in your coffee also contributes to damaging your skin.

The dairy-like creams and milk in your coffee can cause constant breakouts on your face. The hormones added to dairy during its production have the ability to trigger acne-prone skin.

I have prepared a chart for your understanding of the amount of damage coffee can cause in 30 days on your skin if you overdose on it.

Skin IssuesEffects in percentages
Wrinkles30% increases
Oil Production65% increases
Acne35% increases
Aging43% increases
Dull Appearance23% increases

Will Giving Up Coffee Improve My Skin?

a small cup of black coffee with plants and green macaroons. and some green leaves around it with a note.

Giving up coffee may improve your skin, albeit not as much as you’d hope. With the absence of coffee, your skin will stay hydrated much longer, but even if you don’t give up coffee, you can keep your skin hydrated by drinking a glass of water.

Antioxidants are components that fight toxins and remove them from your system. These toxins if allowed to remain in your body for long periods of time can damage your healthy tissues and organs and can even develop life-threatening diseases like cancer.

And coffee is one of the largest sources of antioxidants for Americans. So why give up coffee if it is so good for your health? Instead, make small adjustments in your coffee intake to reap as many benefits it has to offer and not let it damage your skin.

You can do the following:

  • Cut down your caffeine intake throughout your day
  • Use nondairy milk like plant based or nut-based milk
  • Try and avoid using sugar in your cuppa

Coffee can also help your skin if applied topically. There are many beauty brands that have a whole range of caffeine extracts products or coffee scrubs and much more.

Caffeine helps to remove wrinkles and lets your skin look energized. It’s like the wakeup juice for your skin too.

Does Coffee Negate Water Intake?

Coffee is a source of your fluid just like water. Though coffee cannot replace water in any shape or form, it also doesn’t negate water intake. You should drink plenty of water because coffee does promote a little more urination. But this all complies if coffee is being consumed in advised quantities.

Everybody drinks some kind of beverage other than water throughout their day. Mostly coffees, sodas, juice, etc. All these drinks come with their respective pros and cons.

Plus, it majorly also depends on the quantity that you consume these beverages in. For example, if you consume 2 or 3 cans of soda daily, you are on the road to diabetes city. Likewise, if you are a heavy coffee drinker, you cannot be safeguarded from its effects.

Coffee is known for its diuretic properties. This is commonly used as an advantage when people are trying to lose weight. Due to being a diuretic, it increases the urge to urinate thus removes water as well as sodium from your body. Thus, reduction in water weight.

However, this does not mean it negates the water intake that you drink the whole day.

If coffee is not overly drunk, this little extra urination is not a problem. In fact, it can be beneficial like I mentioned earlier. But having said that, you should drink ample water throughout the day.

There is no beverage that serves as the complete alternative for water.

Water is a zero-calorie beverage that helps to hydrate your skin more than any beverage. It is an inexpensive, sugar-free, caffeine-free, tasteless beverage available readily.

By drinking plenty of water you help your body to function properly and do not dehydrate your internal organs and your skin. It also flushes out harmful toxins and free radicals from your body.

My Final Thoughts

Coffee can dehydrate your skin if consumed in excess, however, you can simply rehydrate by drinking plenty of water.

Coffee is an important part of our daily lives. Some people are hooked and cannot steer away from the caffeine jolt. This energy boost is needed early in the morning or mid-day when you’re trying to get by and complete your tasks.

It also provides antioxidants that are good for your body and skin. They help your body to get rid of harmful materials and make your body toxins-free. Plus, if you use it in scrubs or cream, it can improve the appearance of cellulite and fine lines.

The problem starts if you consume it in large quantities. It can dehydrate your skin, cause acne, wrinkles and even give some internal harmful effects like diarrhea, bloating, headaches, nausea, and much more.

Its diuretic property does no harm and doesn’t dehydrate you. But you need to drink plenty of water to meet your daily fluid requirements, otherwise, your whole body will be dehydrated.

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Matt Marshall

As I learn more and more about coffee and coffee products I want to share all my learnings with you here on this website. I hope you find my articles useful and entertaining to read.

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