Acne is Caused by Caffeine – Truth or Fiction?

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The short answer to the question ‘does caffeine cause acne?’ is no, there is no scientific evidence that caffeine directly causes acne. Although there are many arguments that caffeine can affect people who suffer from acne, and many people find that when caffeine is cut out of their diet, their acne improves.

We should remember that the majority of people who suffer with acne are in their teenage years, and do not yet rely on an early morning coffee fix to get them going. Many teenagers have a low caffeine intake which is one of the reasons that caffeine is not proven to directly affect those who suffer from acne.

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14 Comments »

  1. Godwin Okoduwa January 24, 2012 at 3:01 pm - Reply

    Great Post here. I will like to add that Organo Gold coffee has more healing properties.

  2. Beatrice March 27, 2012 at 11:26 am - Reply

    Seems like a great post… But it is so difficult to avoid acne then because so many products contain caffeine.

  3. Clear June 10, 2012 at 3:56 am - Reply

    Another method caffeine can use to make acne worse is by releasing norepinepherine into the nervous system. This increases heart rate, anxiety, stress, etc and usually results in more oil on your face. Never a good thing!!!

  4. Go Ms. Ing August 21, 2012 at 7:28 pm - Reply

    Thanks for all the info . Nice

  5. Mi December 2, 2012 at 8:20 am - Reply

    . My adult acne has been horrible for years. I’ve been to a dermatologist and tried everything except accutane. I couldn’t understand why my acne flared up as an adult, and not during my teen years. My blood tests showed normal hormones and normal glucose levels.

    And then I thought, why is it that when I’m sick for a few days my skin starts clearing? Why does my acne get worse when I’m sleep deprived?

    It all came down to tea and coffee. Since I started college I started drinking tea and coffee. So as an experiment I quit tea, coffee, chocolates and all caffeine and my skin has never been clearer!

    Don’t buy the hype about green tea either. Just stay away from caffeine period.

    And lack of scientific correlation? Years ago doctors used to say that food had no impact on acne, now they say the opposite. They used to recommend accutane. Now accutane’s been pulled from the market. Don’t buy into it. Find out what suits your skin and stick to it.

    • Allison January 25, 2013 at 4:19 pm - Reply

      Accutane has not been pulled from the market. I’m on it right now.

      • Carol June 3, 2013 at 6:05 am - Reply

        For those people on Acutane, get off of it now. I have read so many NASTY reports about Acutane, its not good for your system. In the long run, you will have more problems than what it will solve. Go to your health food provider and they will get you onto the BELL skin cleanser. Its a get form of daily vitamin that cleans your blood and it works. You have to stay on it for about 3 full months but you will see a difference.

  6. sean December 29, 2012 at 1:08 am - Reply

    My skin had finally started to clear up after so many years… then all of a sudden my acne is back. It took me while to piece it all together, but I realzed I started drinking cvofee every day just before my acne flared up again. I have NEVER been a coffee drinker in my entire life until now. So to test it out, I stopped drinking all coffee. It has been 2 weeks now and guess what- my skin is getting back to completely clear. So it IS TRUE. Cofee (or maybe the caffeine) DOES cause acne!

  7. yakob December 29, 2012 at 8:53 am - Reply

    When i drank coffee, I won’t be supprise when acne started to grow from my clear skin. I experimented it by stop drinking coffee for another 2-3 day & my acne disappear. Need scientific explanation? I don’t need to.

  8. Julidarma January 29, 2013 at 2:40 am - Reply

    I don’t believe caffeine can cause acne. I often drink coffee and there is no effect to my face. The truth is nuts or fatty food can trigger acne, I often experience that.

  9. Jen July 3, 2013 at 3:59 pm - Reply

    I’ve been clear for two months now after quitting caffeine. Accutane causes liver damage and infertility.
    My skin has never been so clear in my life. I was getting one to two cysts or pimples per week while drinking coffee daily. Please try it just give it two weeks. It’s very hard in the beginning but you will get over the withdrawal.

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  12. Sophia November 28, 2013 at 8:39 am - Reply

    I think a lot of acne is caused by a poor diet and a general unhealthy lifestyle. However I think some of the products you use on your skin can also result in skin conditions such as acne. I started using the Murad range & found that they work brilliantly

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