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Caffeine has anticancer and antioxidant benefits to your skin care

By Cynthia Bailey MD.

Caffeine isn’t just for drinking! 

Scientific studies have show that when caffeine is applied to skin it can,

  • help inhibit cancers from forming, and

  • reduce some of the cellular damage from sunburns (by helping skin remove skin cells damaged from sunburn).

When combined with EGCG green tea polyphenol antioxidants, caffeine decreases the number of cancerous and non-cancerous tumors from UVB.

I’ve used the combination of green tea antioxidants and caffeine for skin care in my dermatology practice for years. Both are present in pharmaceutical, stable and high concentration amounts in my Green Tea Antioxidant Skin Therapy. I include this product as an important part of the Complete Skin Care Routines that I build for my skin cancer patients. I use the Green Tea Skin Therapy myself as does everyone in my family.

Over the years, chart note after chart note, my patients and I have seen this combination of green tea antioxidants and caffeine reduce the number of precancerous growths that they develop over the years compared with before they used the product. This combination is also present in my Retinol Cream


Stallings Alison F, Lupo, Mary P., Practical Uses of Botanicals in Skin Care, J Clin Aesthet Dermatol. 2009 Jan;2(1): 36-40.