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Study: Coffee can help people with this common skin problem

There are several benefits of drinking coffee, including protection against a common skin problem, according to a new report. »RELATED:…

There are several benefits of drinking coffee, including protection against a common skin problem, according to a new report.

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Researchers from Brown University recently conducted a study, published in the JAMA Dermatology Journal, to determine the relationship between dietary and rosacea risk. Rosacea is a skin condition that affects the blood vessels in the face with redness and sometimes acne-like bumps.

For their assessment, they examined nearly 83,000 women enrolled in a National Nursing Study between 1

991 and 2005. The researchers collected information about the substance’s coffee consumption every four years and documented nearly 5,000 cases of clinically diagnosed rosacea.

After analyzing the results, they found that women who drank four or more cups a day had a 23 percent lower chance of having skin disease compared to those who drank less than one cup a month.

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“We found that caffeine intakes from coffee but not from other foods (tea, soda and chocolate) were associated with a reduced risk of rosacea occurring in a dose-dependent manner,” the authors wrote.

The analysts noted earlier research showed the opposite effect. However, they stated that their investigation is the first of its kind to evaluate the relationship between caffeine intake, coffee consumption and the risk of rosacea occurring in a large cohort of women.

While the team is unclear why coffee is associated with a lower risk of rosacea, they hypothesize that caffeine can positively affect the blood vessels and the immune system. They also said that caffeine has been known to contain antioxidant and immunosuppressive effects, which can lead to reduced rosacea inflammation. But more investigation is needed.

“Further studies,” concluded the team, “must explain the mechanisms of these associations, to replicate our findings in other populations and to investigate the relationship between caffeine with different rosacea subtypes.”

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