Is decaffeinated (sp?) coffee okay?

Hi everyone, just a quick question
I know coffee is very bad for our skin because of the caffeine but I’m addicted to coffee. I’ve started buying decaffeinated – is that okay for the skin??
I looked on the label and it says there is still about 0.3g of caffeine. I’m not suggesting its GOOD…but is it likely to still cause any breakouts or anything. Should I still avoid it or would it be fine?

Thanks for any help

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13 thoughts on “Is decaffeinated (sp?) coffee okay?

  1. I have read that while cutting back on all caffeine helps your skin (it does help mine considerably), even decaf coffee will elevate your cortisol levels. So if you are quitting the joe because of your skin, you might want to switch to tea.

    Of course, there is always a contradictory report out there somewhere. I am just passing along what I have read and found to be relevant in my own experience.

  2. Ive never tried cutting out on coffee to see if it brings any decent results, I wish I could though. But arg, its just too addictive and I dont like tea either.

    In my case however, I doubt drinking coffee hurts me too bad. Since I can drink about 5-6 cups a day without breaking out.

  3. Yeah, quitting coffee is one of the worst withdrawal experiences. In fact, the only one I think is worse is quitting smoking.

    Maybe coffee doesn’t affect you like it does people like me. Right now, for instance, I have finals, and I allow myself some coffee to stay awake. I also have a face full of brand new zits. This sort of breakout doesn’t happen if I just drink tea (regular or decaf).

    Tatum–I think I read that both regular and decaf coffee are bad in Dr. Perricone’s Acne Prescription book, but I’m not sure. I found it fairly helpful for a book-length advertisement. You might wanna check it out if you haven’t already read it.

  4. Maybe coffee doesn’t affect you like it does people like me. Right now, for instance, I have finals, and I allow myself some coffee to stay awake. I also have a face full of brand new zits. This sort of breakout doesn’t happen if I just drink tea (regular or decaf).

    That might not be from the coffee at all, it could be from the stress or lack of sleep you’re going through.

  5. I have considered that, but I also break out if I drink coffee on my drive back home when I’m not really stressed or that sleepy. I say it is the coffee because when I initially quit drinking it last year, my skin cleared up considerably. I think coffee increases the stress hormone (cortisol?) in your system, which can lead to more acne, at least for me.

    But you’re right, lack of sleep and stress are certainly factors in my acne coming back.

  6. Hi everyone, I am pretty new here but I wanted to tell you a few things I know about coffee etc.

    Coffee is acidic so excessive consumption of coffee and other acidic foods effects acne. Usually you want to have more alkaline foods than acidic. To determine which foods are acidic and which are alkaline have a look at this website: http://www.essense-of-life.com/info/foodchart.htm

    One of the problems with coffee is that if you drink too much then it kills some of the good bacteria and also robs the body of some of its B Vitamins. Both of the above are important as far as acne goes.

    Coffee also has to be processed by the liver and the more work the liver has to do the less capacity it has to process other toxins and excess hormones.

    2 – 3 cups of coffee is unlikely to effect most people’s acne unless you do not drink enough water as coffee is a diuretic which basically means it makes you need to urinate.

    I cut my coffee consumption down and I now drink green tea with a hint of mint as plain green tea is not particularly tasty. I also juice one lemon each morning and add the juice to some water. Lemon is acidic to start with and then when it is metabolised by the body it is actually alkaline. This helps balance me out so my coffee consumption doesn’t cause me any trouble.

    Regards,
    Michael

  7. Hey Michael πŸ˜€
    Love the avatar!!!!! :lol :lol :lol
    Where abouts are you in Yorkshire?I’m from Yorkshire too.Have you read the thread about our meeting in the Chatty Shack?The people on here from the UK are planning to meet up in London in the summer.Have a read and come along if you like πŸ˜€

  8. According to the ICO, they remove 97% of the caffeine. several methods are listed, but i think the bulk of decaf coffee is decaffeinated using methylene chloride and ethyl acetate (neither of which I particularly want to ingest) as solvents to leach out the caffeine. more expensive decaf coffee might use the likely more expensive solvent-free methods – and these products will probably advertise that fact on the label somewhere.
    (speaking of methylene chloride, i think I have some in my lab, in a small bottle in a secondary containment container with all the other chlorinated solvents whose bottles I would never even touch without gloves on)

    info is here: http://www.ico.org/acoff/caffeine.htm#decaf

  9. Thanks for the help everyone πŸ™‚
    Looks like i’d better cut back on all types of coffee then. I’ve been averaging at least 5 cups of decaf a day recently so it probably isn’t doing my skin any good. Grrr why must acne take away all the pleasurable things in life! 😑

  10. Hey Michael πŸ˜€
    Love the avatar!!!!! :lol :lol :lol
    Where abouts are you in Yorkshire?I’m from Yorkshire too.Have you read the thread about our meeting in the Chatty Shack?The people on here from the UK are planning to meet up in London in the summer.Have a read and come along if you like πŸ˜€

    Hi Kelly.
    Mel B, Avid Merrion style is an icon of mine.
    I live just on the outskirts of Wetherby, how about you?
    I got to know Yorkshire Gal from the absolute acne forum which is where I post mostly. She mentioned about the meeting and if I can make it I would love to come.

  11. I’m from Doncaster,so not very far away at all!!!Hope you can make the meeting πŸ˜€

  12. Yeah, quitting coffee is one of the worst withdrawal experiences. In fact, the only one I think is worse is quitting smoking.

    I’d agree. my mother managed to quit smoking w/out too much trouble way back when, but could never give up tea.

  13. I gave up tea and coffee for around 6 months, then slowly ended up having 1-2 cups a day again, I’ve been off them for 3 days now and I have a stinking headache!!

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