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Could Reducing Your Soda Intake Help Improve Your Acne?

By Dr. Jaggi Rao, MD, FRCPC, Double board-certified dermatologist

If you have been researching acne for a while, then you have probably read all kinds of contradictory information about its causes. Do hot showers alleviate or worsen acne? Does chlorinated water dry out your skin just enough or way too much? Is exfoliation a remedy or an enemy of acne? However, there is consensus regarding one thing being a catalyst for acne, and that is soda. Why are soft drinks so bad for your skin? Let’s find out.

There is no direct effect of soda on acne but it does contain ingredients which contribute to acne problems.

Why Is Soda Detrimental To Your Complexion?

Soda has a damaging effect on your skin for several reasons. In fact, skin specialists 👩🏻‍⚕️👨🏼‍⚕️👩🏽‍⚕️👨🏿‍⚕️ suggest that soda is essentially harmful for your body, and ages you like nothing else. Sounds an awful lot like another culprit of bad skin, doesn’t it? Indeed, the dry appearance of your skin caused by soda can be compared to the effect of smoking on your skin – they both diminish the production of healthy skin cells. Not only that, but if you are a soda-drinker, you are as prone to inflammation just as much as heavy smokers are.

Moreover, the advanced glycation end products in dark sodas quicken aging, as they affect your skin cells’ nucleic acids, lipids and proteins.

If you are already prone to skin problems, soda can intensify skin irritation, leading to drier skin, more bothersome eczema and longer-lasting acne, such as the cystic variety.

This should already be enough information to make you ✋ avoid drinking the bubbly goodness. Let us go over the specific reasons why soda is bad for you.

Caffeine And Its Effect On Your Body And Skin

Granted, although soda’s caffeine is linked to the deepening of facial lines, caffeine is not necessarily a direct culprit when it comes to acne. Still, some of its effects can make your skin problems worse, and that is what we are seeking to avoid here. The biggest issue that caffeine causes for your complexion is that it reduces the time you spend resting and sleeping. Lack of sleep is detrimental for your well-being, and for your skin in general.

Moreover, the artificial wakefulness that comes with caffeine consumption can be directly linked to higher stress levels. Not only do we usually drink caffeine when we are already stressed (at work or school, early in the morning before doing important tasks, when we need to stay up late at night to finish up the day’s work, etc), but we also cause additional stress to our body by ingesting these ingredients. All of this causes your cortisol levels to soar, which – you guessed it – forces your sebaceous glands to manufacture more of your natural oils. 💡 An overabundance of oils immediately leads to pimples, even if you do not normally suffer from acne.

Secondly, caffeine causes disruptions for your digestive system. The substance dehydrates you, which could cause constipation and a generally higher toxin content within your system. This, too, directly results in breakouts.

Another reason is that while caffeine itself is not a problem, we often tend to drink caffeine products in combination with other unhealthy products, such as milk, sweeteners, sugary and doughy snacks, etc. ☕🥛🍩 This means that avoiding caffeinated drinks may help you cut down on other unhelpful ‘goodies’ that you tend to enjoy with them.

Sugar And Your Skin

Out of all the possible substances you could be ingesting, sugar is one of the worst ones in regard to your complexion. For example, while sun exposure has the potential to age you from the outside, the ingredients of soda can actually age you from the inside.

Soda’s sugars are of the refined kind, which is even worse for you than regular, natural sugar.

They make your blood sugar increase sharply and they trigger the production of insulin, as well as of the hormone testosterone. The result? Oil overproduction which clogs your pores, and infallibly leads to inflammation, which you experience as acne. 📌 Not only does your complexion suffer in terms of pimples, but you are also more likely to get wrinkles prematurely. Generally, the sugar in soda makes your skin look drab and lacklustre.

Refined sugars also cause you to gain weight quickly, by way of unhealthy calories. Being overweight makes your body more inclined to break out into zits, too.

So, Does Soda Lead To Acne Or Not?

The truth is that soda does not directly cause you acne. However, if you already have acne-prone skin or if your particular lifestyle already makes you susceptible to recurring breakouts, then it is possible that drinking soda will only worsen the situation. Of course, the amount matters as well – having one soda per week will not irritate your skin. But if you are consuming soda with every meal, then you might want to cut down – whether you have acne or not. After all, diminishing your soda intake will not only lead to better skin, but also to better overall health.

If you are the kind of person that enjoys having a beverage on hand when going about your daily tasks, you might want to opt for more beneficial drinks like water or fresh juice instead. 👍🏻👍🏼👍🏽👍🏾👍🏿 We guarantee that as soon as you cut down on your soda intake, you will see an improvement in your complexion in no time!

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