As you probably know…
… there are many health benefits to drinking green tea, as well as many other types of tea, too. With renowned antioxidant properties that are present within it, green tea is an excellent healthy addition to a well-rounded healthy lifestyle. Indeed, it has been shown in studies that green tea’s antioxidant properties can also contribute to health benefits including lowering blood pressure and preventing cancer. Nowadays, amidst the many other uses for green tea, we’re seeing it used more and more in cosmetics, for example acme treatments. We’re going to be looking at whether or not there’s any value behind a green tea acne treatment…
Although proof of some benefits is inconclusive, there is one area where there is strong evidence that green tea is effective, that of acne treatment and other skin benefits.
Green tea does contain antioxidants, notably EGCG, which block the production of chemicals which cause acne. Although drinking green tea for acne treatment does work, it is said to be more beneficial if you use a cream or lotion which has the crucial extract of green tea in its effective ingredients.
EGCG works by blocking the production of sebum which causes acne and other skin problems. Even though production of sebum is hormonal and is also linked to genetics, green tea does help to lower the amount of sebum produced. In tests of green tea extract lotion it was shown to be effective after an 8 week period of regular use.
So… How effective is green tea as an acne treatment, anyways?
It depends on different factors, exactly what your skin conditions are, which products you’re using, so it’s difficult to say exactly how effective something will be – especially since everyone has different bodies and different skin, so if you’re curious about trying green tea to treat acne, why not look into it a little bit more, pick up a product over-the-counter or even speak to your dermatologist? As many people who suffer from acne can attest to, not everything out there is going to work for you – but it’s worth a shot, right?
Even if you don’t wish to use lotions or creams, regular drinking of green tea as part of a healthy lifestyle that may also show signs of improving your skin and complexion. As with everything, not every one is going to experience the same results but hey, we’re always open for another excuse to have a cup of green tea!