The Effects of Caffeine on Acne

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Caffeine causes dehydration and inflammation, and thus caffeine can cause the infection that is present with acne to become much worse. Find out why caffeine is bad for overactive oil glands with help from a clinical aesthetician in this free video on acne and skin care.

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Hello, my name is Keeley Selvage with Keeley's Skin Solutions. I've been a clinical aesthetician for over half a decade and I'm going to talk to you about the effects that caffeine has on acne. Now this is very important to remember: caffeine causes dehydration not only in our whole body but especially in our skin and it also causes inflammation. Now the reason we need to avoid that especially with acne is because in general, there's infection present with acne. Infection causes inflammation and then the caffeine will make that even worse 'cause it's causing more inflammation. Now also, caffeine is drying and the reason that is bad for acne is because we don't want to send a signal to our already active overactive oil glands that we need more oil. Now when we dry our skin out, that's what happens. Our skin starts to work overtime to compensate for the oil it seems to be lacking. So avoid caffeine if at all possible when dealing with acne. And also, instead of caffeine, try and drink water. Or if you are going to have caffeine, you have to have that coffee in the mornin' or you have to have your soda with lunch, double up on the water to compensate for that. My name is Keeley Selvage with Keeley's Skin Solution's and that is how caffeine effects acne.

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