Reader's Question - Will Coffee Grounds Get Rid Of The Turkey Neck ?

[caption id="attachment_1697" align="alignright" width="300"]coffee grounds get rid of turkey neck ? Coffee Grounds - the sludgy brown bits at the bottom or your cup or percolator can be good for your skin.[/caption] We got this question the other day, which I thought was worth exploring : can coffee grounds get rid of turkey neck ? Coffee grounds are the residue left over after someone has had a drink of real, ground coffee. It could be left over in the coffee machine, percolator or the cup itself depending on how you drink your coffee. Most people tend to throw out the grounds after they have finished drinking but it seems that you can use it for a host of things. The most popular way to reuse the grounds is as a fertilizer in the garden but another suggestion is to use it as an exfoliant on the skin. An exfoliating substance is acidic according to the ph scale. On the scale 7 is neutral and anything below 7 is acidic becoming more acidic as it approaches zero. Anything above 7 up to 14 is referred to as alkaline. Surface layer skin is normally around 5.5 on the ph scale meaning that it's slightly acidic. So an exfoliant has to be acidic and more acidic than skin to have any affect on it. According to, a test they did on coffee grounds set the ph level at 5.1. So coffee grounds are a very mild exfoliating material. Cosmetic exfoliants generally have a ph level of 3. You can literally spread the grounds on the face or mix it with a face cream if it won't stick to your face on it's own. The grounds should act as a natural exfoliant, removing old or dead skin from the face. The acidic substance literally peels old or dead skin cells away. This will give the newer skin a chance to “shine”, giving you a more youthful appearance. This gentle peel of old skin is also thought to encourage collagen and elastin production in the skin, giving it a firmer and more plumper look. Although I have never used it personally, the consensus opinion based on internet research suggests that it may be useful. Again, everyone has different skin, so it may or may not work for you. If you decide you want to try it, then try it on a small patch of skin first. If there is no adverse reaction to the grounds then you may want to use it on a large surface area of your skin. If this is still all good, then try it on the face.

So will this work for turkey neck ?

If you have fine lines or very mild “turkey neck”, then putting an exfoliant, like coffee grounds, on the neck area will help. Although the skin is thinner here than most of the face, it will still remove dead or old skin and allow new skin to come through. This will also allow collagen and elastin generation. If you have severe turkey neck, I don't think it will help. Deep lines and wrinkles generally need a surgical procedure to be removed. You can see more on dealing with this problem on these other posts : Dealing with turkey neck Neck skin care   and you can learn more about the benefits of coffee to your skin and general health here.

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