Steamy cup of brew…very tasty.
Steamy cup of brew…. bad for me and you?
Maybe so if you have eczema.
Okay, so around this time last year, in early July, my eczema took a turn for the worse. Not a drastic turn, mind you, but an annoying little worsening that would fluctuate and never really get totally better. I combed my brain for thinking of what might have changed… diet? nope. Facial products? nope. Environment? same.
As background, you should know that coffee and I have had an on-off relationship ever since about last December, when we got a magical Keurig as a gift and I started slugging the brewski every morning, more for the delicious ritual than the wake-up juice. I would go through periods where I would try to completely give it up or really, really reduce it, then get back on the coffee wagon.
I never made a connection with eczema until a few weeks ago. I had only been drinking coffee minimally, but I started a new work environment and I craved the comfort of coffee, drinking a cup a day for a week straight. By the end of the work week, my eczema was bad. My beloved husband even said to me, “WHAT is WRONG with your FACE?” not knowing such things are a dagger blow to an eczema sufferer’s feelings (I didn’t think it was THAT bad if you didn’t look at me real closely and probably had blurry vision).
I didn’t make any connection with coffee and eczema yet, but I went cold turkey on it since I didn’t want a chemical dependency. 10 days without coffee, and my eczema got a little better each day!!!! Then as a test, I had coffee yesterday. Oh yes, eczema got a little worse.
And here I thought I had Googled just about everything about eczema and knew what to avoid… coffee never crossed my mind. I’m going to keep up the coffee abstinence and see what happens. I don’t think it’s the cure-all, of course, since so many factors go into eczema, but this is a simple thing I can stay away from.
Try it if you’re suffering! It is much harder for me to drag my sorry, tired, ass out of bed each morning without the promise of coffee, but at least I know I’m working toward healing my skin.