Coffee Causes Wrinkles?

Coffee Causes Wrinkles?

Have you ever heard that coffee causes wrinkles? The sad truth is, it can! Caffeine is highly addictive and can be found in coffee, soda, tea and energy drinks. If you have any intentions of maintaining healthy, wrinkle-free skin, it may be time to rethink your daily coffee habit. Prolonged use of coffee can have more negative benefits than positives — damaging your teeth, breath and even your skin.

Coffee Causes WrinklesDermatologists recommend a healthy habit of one to two cups a day, but anything over that limit may be overdoing it. According to dermatologists, drinking coffee has adverse effects, particularly for people with acne, Rosacea or any type of inflammatory issues. Overall, consuming too much coffee, and all the milk and sugar that may be added, will age you faster than want. So yes, coffee can cause wrinkles.

“The results of drinking too much coffee can cause the skin to wrinkle prematurely, and become more lax with time,” says Dr. S. Manjula Jegasothy, M.D., CEO and founder of the Miami Skin Institute.

Here’s how coffee can affect your skin:


Caffeine acts like a diuretic, causing you to urinate more often, dehydrating your skin. It prevents your body from holding onto water and dries out your skin. Dry skin is prone to premature aging in general, so if you like your coffee, make sure to drink even more water than the recommended 8 glasses a day to counter the effects and keep your skin looking radiant. Dehydration also causes inflammation, causing redness, roughness and loss of collagen, which is the building block of skin.

Disrupts Hormones

Who needs more stress in their lives? My guess would be no one. Stress hormones regulated by catecholamines, play an important role in the body’s physiological response to stress and are increased in coffee drinkers. In turn, it promotes increased levels of cortisol and insulin. Insulin causes inflammation and as mentioned above, is detrimental to anyone who is already having inflammation issues. Stress shows up in your face and ages you prematurely in the form of wrinkles!

Additionally, the naturally occurring acid, 5-HIA, a component of our mood enhancer serotonin, has been found to be elevated in the urine of coffee drinkers meaning your serotonin levels may be decreased through increased urination. This can lead to abnormal sleep, mood and energy levels increasing chances of anxiety and depression…quite the opposite of what a lot of coffee drinkers are trying to achieve by increasing their energy levels.

Acne & Clogged Pores

Coffee Causes WrinklesHigh doses of caffeine can wreak havoc with your skin’s oil production. Although acne associated with caffeine is still being debated due to inconclusive results, it has been known to worsen acne in those who are already dealing with it. As you read below on how caffeine affects your liver, you will learn that the toxic effects of caffeine on your liver can also lead to acne. As a reminder, if you add dairy and sugar to your coffee, this can also trigger your chances of breakouts.

Stunted Collagen Production

Collagen building proteins are critical to keeping skin healthy and youthful. However, collagen production may be stunted by caffeine as it narrows your blood vessels resulting in a lack of the deliverance of antioxidants and nutrients to your skin. Cutting back on the caffeine will help keep wrinkles at a minimum, and keep your skin hydrated and naturally plumped for a healthy complexion.

Liver Spots

Coffee and black teas contain naturally occurring acid compounds referred to as “tannins”. Tannins are processed by your liver to filter out toxins in your body. With an over abundance consumption of tannins, your liver can become oversaturated with toxins, causing dark splotches a.k.a. liver spots on your skin and preventing your liver from purifying your blood.  Tannins congest pores and decrease the delivery of food nutrients to your skin. In turn, congested pores can lead to acne.

Coffee Causes Wrinkles

To re-cap, caffeine removes moisture from your skin. When your skin is dry, it is much more prone to developing fine lines and wrinkles. Since caffeine also acts as a diuretic, it also encourages more frequent urinations. These urinations contribute to the depletion of moisture within your skin. Although you can re-moisturize your skin using moisturizing lotions, tackling the problem from its source is best.

Those of you who are serious about maintaining excellent skin should drink plenty of water. Water will keep your skin moisturized and leave it less prone to developing wrinkles and fine lines. Since it also aides in keeping many of your organs healthy, your skin will look better than ever before. As many of us know, numerous internal problems are reflected in our skin.

“Healthy skin in individuals under 50 can usually see a reversal of any of coffee’s bad effects on their skin within two to three months,” Dr. Jegasothy explains. “Older, more mature skin types may take three to six months to reverse the aging effects of chronic coffee consumption.”

Coffee causes wrinkles, but there is a remedy. Good luck on your journey towards a caffeine (and wrinkle) -free lifestyle!



For more information on how caffeine affects your overall body and even more reasons to quit coffee, check out this article by Dr. Mark Hyman.