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Green tea is a natural remedy for acne

By Hannah Graham | ; ?>

Hormones and bacteria are the root of most acne problems.

Hormones can produce excess oil and clog pores. The growth hormones during adolescence are at a peak, of course, and acne can be a reaction to these hormones.

There’s a bacteria on our skin called Propionibacterium acnes that people with acne have in larger amounts. This bacteria attracts white blood cells. These white blood cells produce. This causes inflammation and the red bumps characteristic of acne.

Green tea is an anti-bacterial substance and also helps regulate hormones. This is why you see it in many creams and other topical substances used to treat acne. In China, green tea is called “pimple tea.” In addition to the anti-bacterial properties, it helps cleanse your body from the inside and rid it of toxins.

The nice part about drinking green is not only does it help prevent you from getting more acne, it has many other health benefits too. Green tea has high levels of anti-oxidants because the leaves are steamed shortly after they are harvested, not fermented. These anti-oxidants fight the free radicals that wreck havoc on our cells and cause tissue damage, including acne.

Unlike many natural remedies, green tea is inexpensive and widely available. If you have never cared for the taste of tea don’t give up. There are many blends out there that are flavorful and not bitter. Experiment and see. Just don’t add sugar to your tea because it will dilute the anti-oxidants. A cup or two a day is all it will take to see a noticeable improvement in your acne and overall energy levels and well-being.

Topics: Acne, Health Benefits | 3 Comments »

3 Responses to “Green tea is a natural remedy for acne”

  1. Nicky Says:
    February 6th, 2008 at 1:58 am

    Hello,

    I bought a box of Yunnan Chinese Green Tea, (a brand called Luk Yu) today in an effort to combat acne. It’s not loose leaves but regular sized teabags. I was wondering if I could use one tea bag for two cups of tea since it seemed pretty strong to me, or is the tea bag useless after being in hot water for 2-5 minutes?
    Also, I was told the tea is more effective without any sugar or honey added, do you agree?

    Thanks for the informative site!

  2. greentea Says:
    February 16th, 2008 at 3:26 pm

    Hi Nicky,

    I reuse tea bags all the time. It’s perfectly acceptable to do that.

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