Green tea is used by the Chinese as a traditional medicine to treat many ailments, including acne, and to improve overall well-being. But does it provide an effective herbal alternative to modern medication?
The answer appears to be “Yes”. There are only two herbal treatments that are known to be effective in treating acne and green tea is one of them…
In a recent study by Jennifer Gan-Wong, MD, she missed a green tea cream with a 4% benzoyl peroxide solution in people suffering from moderate to severe acne. The results of this research study showed that green tea was as good at treating acne as benzoyl peroxide.
But benzoyl peroxide dries the skin and causes itching or allergic reactions. Unlike green tea, it has the added advantages of natural antibacterial properties and antioxidants, especially epigallocatechin gallate, which is 200 times more potent than vitamin E in the fight against free radicals.
Green tea also helps reduce inflammation, hormone activity and helps in detoxification, which is good news for acne sufferers.
Green tea extract is an extremely versatile herbal supplement: it can be administered topically, often used in creams, taken as a pill or incorporated into your diet and drunk as a tea.
This last method is very popular (green tea with honeysuckle is often known as “thorny tea” in many Chinatowns) when drunk after a meal helps digestion and helps detoxify your system, getting rid of toxins that can cause acne .
Tip: Do not drink with sugar, this will neutralize the effects that deserve the tea.
It seems that taking green tea for acne is a win-win situation? It has many beneficial properties that promote good general health with little or no known side effects and, for the price, green tea is definitely a herbal treatment that is worth a try.