Coffee is one of the most consumed beverages on the planet, but also the most studied. Let’s face it, it’s hard to start your day without a nice cup of coffee, with its strong acidity and amazing taste.
While this famous drink can cause discomfort in some people, such as chest burns, trembling, or palpitations, it has been shown to have many benefits, from reducing type II diabetes and liver cancer, to increased longetivity. According to the latest study, coffee can prevent the appearance of rosacea. You probably wonder what’s the link between one of the most common habits (drinking coffee) with one of the most common skin diseases (rosacea). This is what we’ll go through in this article!
What is rosacea?
You have most likely encountered rosace in many situations, maybe even on your skin, but you did not know what it was. It is that pink or red pigment that appears on the skin, especially in the area of cheekbones, usually in women with light hair. Sometimes this may take the form of small bumps that can be confused with acne, but if you look closely, you can see small blood vessels under the skin. In severe cases, this condition also occurs on the chin, forehead, nose, ears or other areas of the skin and can affect the eye area, the eyelids, causing itching, especially around the nose.
The causes that lead to the appearance of rosacea are still unknown, but there are theories that show that it is a genetic condition that is transmitted through family members. There is no cure for treating this condition, but only medicines and antibiotics to help reduce redness and red spots on the skin. Some people manage to prevent or reduce signs of rosacea by changing their lifestyle and avoiding certain foods that can trigger this condition.
Even famous personalities have faced this affection, including Bill Clinton and regretted Diana, Princess of Wales. Although not dangerous, it can have a significant cosmetic impact. Sun exposure, spicy foods and certain hormonal factors are the main drivers for the development of rosacea. However, a new study talks about the connection between caffeine and rosacea.
Benefits of coffee consumption: more coffee, less rosacea?
Over the years, doctors have talked about the risks and benefits of coffee. Fortunately, it’s good news for coffee lovers. It seems that women who consumed more than four cups of coffee a day were less prone to rosace than those who consumed less than one cup of coffee per month.
More than 82,000 women, interviewed every four years, who talked about health and drinking, tea, carbonated juices and chocolate, participated in the 1989-2005 study. During this time, researchers identified about 5,000 rosacea cases, and after finding out what the risk factors might be, they found that women who consumed more caffeine were less prone to this condition. Apparently, women who consumed somewhere around four or more cups of coffee a day were 23% less prone to being diagnosed unlike those who consumed one cup or less per month.
Both coffee and caffeine contain antioxidants that have anti-inflammatory properties. Caffeine also balances the level of hormones in the body, which in turn can play an important role in the appearance of rosacea.
The results of the study are more than just some interesting observations. This explains why some people face rosacea while others do not, and this is because of the fact that inflammation is caused by the immune system, which plays an important role in the appearance of rosacea.