Caffeine in skincare products? What it does to your skin.

  • Cosmetic companies claim that caffeine in skincare products help prevent eye puffiness and minimizes cellulite.
  • Most studies of caffeine-infused skincare products were made on animals.
  • There is not enough evidence proving the benefits of caffeine to the skin. 

Many cosmetic companies have included caffeine in skincare products like eye creams and anti-cellulite lotions. But, does caffeine really benefit health? Here’s what experts say.

What manufacturers claim

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According to Lizz Starr, executive director of product development for Origins, which has a line of caffeine-infused products called Ginzing, Caffeine from coffee beans refreshes and recharges the skin.

100% PURE founder and skincare chemist Susie Wang also say that caffeine brightens dark circles and de-puffs the eye area, detoxifies and minimizes cellulite, speeds up healing of sun-damaged skin, and boosts circulation and assists with lymphatic drainage.

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Wang explains that caffeine can do all these things because it contains a chemical called chlorogenic acid (CGA) that has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. It also has antioxidants that reduce hyperpigmentation. 

What dermatologists say

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While drinking coffee can benefit health, there is not too many evidence of its benefits when used on the skin. 

According to Dr. Rajani Katta, a clinical faculty at Baylor College of Medicine and McGovern Medical School at UT Health in Houston, available research about caffeine in skincare are not too substantial.

Most studies of cellulite creams containing caffeine were performed on animals, says Katta. She also notes that the few studies done on humans didn’t have a placebo group or participants with which to compare the treatment group. 

A 2020 paper on oral consumption published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology also found that there may be another property of coffee that affects the skin aside from caffeine. 

Caffeine may benefit the skin

Patricia Farris, a dermatologist, in Metairie, Louisana, says that caffeine could also help rejuvenate the skin and prevent wrinkles because of its antioxidant properties. It can also constrict blood vessels, which can reduce redness and under-eye puffiness. 

Coffee buzz from skincare products

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 Dr. Katta and Dr. Farris say it’s unlikely to be stimulated from using skincare products with caffeine like eye cream products because they don’t contain much of the ingredient. However, if you’re using it all over your legs to combat cellulite, it may be a different issue. That said, experts believe more research is needed on the topic. 

Dr. Farris warns those who are pregnant or breastfeeding and have a sensitivity to caffeine to avoid beauty products that contain this ingredient. 

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends pregnant women to limit their caffeine consumption to 200 mg daily. 

For those with allergies to certain ingredients, always read the ingredients list, do a patch test, and consult your doctor before using any new products on your skin. 

Source: The Healthy



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