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With nearly half of Americans reporting they are unable get enough sleep, it is no surprise that 83% of adults consume caffeinated products daily.  Their dominant source of caffeine for these users is coffee. However, some drinkers notice undesirable side-effects with their favorite morning drink.  Why?  Beauty Undercover reached out to Beverly Hills Concierge Doctor Ehsan Ali, MD, whose patients include Justin Bieber, Liam Hemsworth, and Rita Ora, for his thoughts.

Does coffee effect one’s mood?   “Coffee is a stimulant, which typically elevates your mood, making you feel good,” shares Dr. Ali. “However, with some patients, overstimulation of the nervous system can cause a boost in adrenaline, leading to anxiety.”

Does a regular coffee habit affect sleep habits over time?  “Regular caffeine users can develop tolerance over time, so though it might not immediately affect your sleep, you will find yourself needing more and more cups,” cautions Dr. Ali.  However, he acknowledges that some patients remain sensitive to caffeine and regular use can cause insomnia.

Why does coffee make some people’s stomach hurt?   “For the same reason it boosts adrenaline, coffee’s stimulant effect causes the stomach to contract and squeeze,” explains Dr. Ali. “In large amounts, this can cause stomach pain. Also, coffee increases the acidity in stomach, which can be painful for those with acid reflux.”

Is there a way to drink coffee that’s easier on the stomach?  The good doctor has some strategies, “Drinking it very slowly – and with small sips – can make it easier on your stomach. Taking an antacid prior may also help.”  He also offers some substitutes.  “Tea, especially green tea, is much milder and less likely to cause stomach issues.”  Matcha lovers, rejoice!


On January 28, 2016, Syneron brought an action for patent infringement against Invasix, Inc. and InMode MD, Ltd. in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.  In the case, referred to as Syneron Medical Ltd. v. Invasix, Inc., et al, the plaintiff alleged that the defendants’ Fractora face and skin treatment platforms, devices, and methods infringed upon Syneron’s U.S. Patents.  Just last month, a federal district court ruled in favor of InMode Ltd. and Invasix Inc., invalidating all asserted claims of four patents of Syneron Medical Ltd. asserted against the InMode Fractora device.


On Monday Deciem founder, Brandon Truaxe, posted a bizarre video entry on the brand’s Instagram account, claiming that the company “will shut down all operations until further notice, which is about two months,”  indicating that members of his team have been embroiled in a “major criminal activity.”  This is just one example of the erratic behavior Truaxe has displayed since February, when he fired brand co-founder, Nicola Kilner (who was subsequently rehired in July).  In April Truaxe fired the brand’s entire U.S. staff and June he announced that Deciem would be leaving Sephora for Ulta (something which was never realized).

Update:  Estée Lauder, who owns a 28% stake in Deciem has just filed an injunction against Truaxe, asking that he be removed from the company and replaced by Kilner as sole CEO.  Truaxe has since posted correspondence from Lauder.

Deciem is known for housing several trendy beauty lines, including The Ordinary, NIOD, Hylamide, Chemistry Brand, Stemm, Fountain, HIF, Ab Crew, and Abnormaly, as well as off-shoots, Loopha, White Rx, Inhibitif, Halftone, Hippooh, and Stencil.  Its lines are vertically integrated and benefit from the sharing of proprietary technology.  As of late Tuesday, nearly all of Deciem’s stores in the US, Canada, UK, Australia, South Korea, and The Netherlands were closed.  Only Mexico City’s three stores and its offices in Toronto, London, Melbourne, and Nottingham currently remain open.

In Truaxe’s post, he accuses a number of high-profile  cosmetics, fashion, and lifestyle, companies, including Estée Lauder  Hyatt, LVMH, David Yurman, Tom Ford, and many others of “financial crimes.”  A spokesperson for Lauder responded, “The Estée Lauder Companies is a minority investor in Deciem and as such we do not control Deciem’s operations, social media or personnel decisions. We are deeply concerned by the material that has recently been posted on social media and will defend our right as a minority investor.”