Part of the solution for your acne and clear skin may sit right in your pantry – Green Tea!
For those with regular acne, the struggle to achieve clear skin can be frustrating and often results in costly trips to the drugstore for expensive lotions, washes and serums. However, surprisingly green tea may be a more practical and healthier solution. The health benefits of green tea have been touted recently by researchers far and wide, and many studies show the benefits of regular green tea use to significantly reduce the severity of acne breakouts for a number of reasons.
While acne is not a well understood condition, there appear to many factors at play in its formation including bacterial infection, hormonal imbalance, oxidative stress and inflammation. Green tea is the perfect plant to combat acne based on its actions on all of these acne-causing factors.
Green tea is a potent anti-microbial and anti-bacterial that has been shown to inhibit the acne-causing bacteria P. acnes by stopping it from adhering to cells. Green tea also contains a powerful anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory compound that is also shown to reduce sebum over-production—sebum is an oily secretion that is meant to keep our skin hydrated, but too much sebum contributes to acne formation.
Hormones are also a significant factor in acne production. EGCG, a compound found in green tea, is especially good at ridding the body of excess hormones that can also contribute to head hair loss, unwanted facial hair growth, as well as acne. The causes of hormonal imbalances can be complex and highly individual and should be addressed by a qualified health care provider, but green tea is a safe, beneficial addition to your health and beauty regimen.
For the most effective treatment of acne, a program that addresses the root cause is important. The best research studies on green tea yielded positive results by using an extract in lotion form. A licensed health practitioner such as a naturopathic doctor can work with a compounding pharmacist to determine the best formula for your skin. In the mean time, drinking green tea daily is associated with a multitude of health benefits; you can use that steeped bag from your morning cup of tea as a compress for acne breakouts. Since green tea reduces bacteria, inflammation and redness, it is an effective emergency treatment and can work fairly quickly when you need to reduce a blemish.
So start your day on a healthy and more beautiful note with green tea and make that acne disappear.