How coffee may help to reduce your risk of rosacea

New research has suggested that an extra espresso may work wonders for your skin. The study found that increasing your caffeine consumption can reduce your risk of rosacea, a condition which makes the skin flushed and red.

Previously, it was thought that coffee could trigger rosacea, as hot drinks are thought to cause flare-ups of symptoms. The new research, however, suggests that polyphenols (plant-derived micronutrients) found in coffee could mitigate these symptoms. Coffee is also thought to have beneficial effects because it is a vasoconstrictor – this means it narrows the blood vessels, slowing the rush of blood to the face.

The study, based on observations of 82,000 women, found that those who drank four cups of coffee per day noticed the best results, with a 23% lower risk of rosacea than those who drank only one cup or less per month. Interestingly, these effects were only seen in caffeinated coffee, and decaffeinated coffee, fizzy drinks and tea were all found to be ineffective. Perhaps it’s worth having another Americano after all.

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