Did you know that there is such thing as acne friendly coffee?
There are many skin benefits to going caffeine free, but if you are a genuine coffee lover and cannot fathom giving up your morning brew, these acne friendly coffee tips are for you.
My tips for keeping coffee and ditching acne:
Tip #1: Switch to organic coffee
Did you know that coffee is one of (if not the) highest sprayed crops in the world? Unfortunately, I don’t mean sprayed with fresh water or fairy dust or vitamins. I’m talking about pesticides.
Put simply, pesticides can worsen acne in two ways:
- Pesticides can be hard on the liver. When the liver becomes bogged down with pesticides, it can become sluggish, leading to the accumulation of toxins in the body. These toxins get eliminated through other pathways such as the skin, where we see things like acne.
- Pesticides are associated with inflammation. Acne is an inflammatory process, so in addressing acne holistically we try to eliminate as many unnecessary sources of inflammation as possible.
My favourite organic coffees:
- Four Sigmatic Coffee (with adaptogens)
- Kicking Horse (local BC roastery)
- Frog Friendly (most gut friendly)
Tip #2: Make your coffee acne friendly by adding a healthy fat
I’m just going to go ahead and say you’re welcome for this tip in advance. Because one, your coffee will become extra delicious and two, you can avoid the dreaded caffeine spike and crash. Yay!
Try adding a healthy fat such as almond milk or blend in some coconut butter with a blender or frother. If you dream of creamy coffee, you’ll never look back.
How does fat make coffee acne friendly?
Fat is a slow digesting macronutrient, so it can help slow the absorption of the caffeine when combined with coffee. Caffeine can cause cortisol spikes in the body -> cortisol increases sebum production -> which can lead to acne.
My favourite healthy fat sources to add to coffee:
- Quality nut milks, like these ones. Avoid added canola oil and thickening gums. Or try making your own.
- If using a blender, you can add a spoonful of any of these:
- coconut butter
- almond butter
- hemp seeds
- A scoop of canned coconut cream
Tip #3: Switch to natural sweeteners like Manuka honey for acne friendly coffee
Manuka honey has two key benefits when it comes to acne:
- Manuka honey is antibacterial: Bacteria can trigger inflammation in the skin’s oil glands creating what we know to be pimples. Antibacterial agents like Manuka honey help to fight bad bacteria.
- Manuka honey has immune-supporting properties: Our skin is part of our immune system, so adding a spoonful of Manuka to your morning brew can be a great rounded approach to supporting your body’s overall health.
- Manuka honey is anti-inflammatory: We know that acne is an inflammatory condition, so Manuka honey’s ability to reduce inflammation is super useful in preventing breakouts.
My other favourite options are: raw local honey and maple syrup
Tip #4: What time should you drink coffee?
This one should be easy, so if you don’t know where to start, start with this tip!
Drinking your coffee with your breakfast rather than before your breakfast can help mitigate a spike in cortisol which over time can lead to adrenal fatigue. This is a similar concept to adding a fat to your coffee, where adding food (especially a meal rich in protein, fat and/or fibre) helps slow the absorption of caffeine.
Again, the reason we want to do this is to avoid cortisol spikes, which lead to spikes in oil production, which can lead to acne.
Another good rule to follow is no coffees after Noon. Instead, reach for a green tea or herbal tea instead to avoid melatonin disruption.
Ready to give acne friendly coffee a try?
Tag me in your new and improved coffee on Instagram and we can cheers to clear skin together.