Natural remedies have become very popular in recent years. People have stopped looking at the expensive medications and creams to cure various conditions, and have started looking at remedies found closer to home. This is, in part, because they are less expensive, but they are also on hand and easily obtained.
Green Tea For Acne: Does it work?
Acne is a common condition in teens and adults alike and is no exception to the theory that a home remedy can sometimes be better. If it’s worked for many years, why wouldn’t it work now? One such remedy believed to aid in the healing of acne is green tea.
While many teas are fermented, green tea is steamed soon after being picked so as to prevent the oxidation of its leaves. This helps to retain the active substances the leaves contain. Camellia Sinensis, or as we know it, green tea extract, contains a high content of Polyphenol, along with other important antioxidants.
How Green Tea Works
The idea of using green tea came about because of the multiple positive effects of green tea. Green tea works to reduce acne through a number of ways:
- Antioxidant effect: The antioxidants contained in green tea (polyphenols) have been shown as very beneficial to acne prevention because they help the body fight against free radicals that cause cell and tissue damage.
- Anti-inflammatory effect: A component in green tea -epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) was found to act as a potent anti-inflammatory agent
- Antibacterial: Studies have shown that green tea has antibacterial effects -so its effect may be due to its effect directly on bacteria that clog skin pores and causes inflammation.
- Exerting a hormonal effect: Since acne is often caused by hormones, which produce excess oil and clog pores, thereby causing blemishes, green tea could be a good remedy for this problem.
People prefer to use Green tea for acne because it has very few potential side effects, especially when compared to other acne products and medications.
Because of its advantages, the use of green tea has expanded – it is now used in various creams and other topical products used to treat acne. When compared with other commonly used acne treatments, it ranked high, because of its natural anti-bacterial properties.
Fun fact: Green Tea and honeysuckle are often called “Pimple Tea” in China.
The combination also helps your body rid itself of toxins, which helps prevent acne.
How to Use Green Tea for Acne
- Use green tea extract by applying it directly or as a face mist (pop it in a spray with some water)
- Use green tea with honey (this will help make the extract heavier and will boost its antibacterial effect)
- Add green tea extract to apple cider (apply it with a piece of cotton or wipe)
- Combine green tea extract with aloe vera (for a more profound soothing effect and cream-like consistency)
Needless to say, drinking green tea will help cleanse your body from inside out while applying the topical cream, which goes directly onto the skin, will help cure and prevent acne at the source. In the above-mentioned combinations, we recommend using green tea extract (brew the green tea first).
Green tea can serve many purposes and maybe a welcome alternative to harsh products or unwanted medications.