Does Green Tea Help Acne?

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Overview

Increasing concerns over the health hazards associated with using prescription drugs to treat acne has growing numbers of sufferers turning to natural remedies. Known for its detoxification properties for centuries by traditional Chinese herbalists and medical professionals, green tea provides users plagued with this skin disorder a safer method to treat and prevent outbreaks. The cost of prescription drugs versus the less expensive green tea applications is another plus to using this plant to treat acne.

Benefits

Containing tannic acid, green tea fights bacteria that cause inflammation, shrinks pimples, and balances hormones. Using green tea provides general health benefits aside from treating acne.

Versatility

Whether it is ingested as a beverage, applied as a fresh-made astringent to the skin, applied to infected areas in a homemade mask or applied to acne pimples as a 3 percent green tea topical cream, this plant's versatility makes it user friendly.

Diet

Eating healthily contributes to successfully treating acne. Including green tea as a beverage in an acne-prevention diet may help alleviate the skin disorder.

Hot or Iced

To add green tea to your diet, drink a hot cup of it made from a tea bag at breakfast, iced green tea for lunch and another hot cup in the afternoon.

Perfect Cup of Tea

Preparing the perfect cup of green tea begins with cold water. Bring the water to a rolling boil. Pour boiling water over the bag into the cup. Letting the tea bag thoroughly steep (soak) assures a better quality cup of tea.

About this Author

Catalina Bixler's journalism career began in 1970. After five years as a publishing teacher, Bixler then published/edited NATO's U.S. 5th Army and 17th AF "Wiesbaden Post" newspaper. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in bilingual-journalism/community development from Redlands University, and a Master of Arts in adult education/training from the University of Phoenix.

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