Green tea is inexpensive, can be bought in large quantities from a grocery store, and it can be used to treat acne and dark spots. It is even being used to help people lose weight.
Because of the high amount of antioxidants in green tea, it helps with getting rid of free radicals that can cause skin tissue damage. Drinking more antioxidants gives support to the immune system and helps with hormone imbalance. When used topically and internally the antioxidants in green tea treat acne by reducing acne inflammation and killing acne causing bacteria. Green tea has drying astringent properties that help with the overproduction of oil preventing pimples from forming and drying out pimples that are already present. The high concentration of antioxidants and a small amount of fluoride in green tea also cleanses the mouth and strengthens the gums and teeth.
Although no clinical studies prove that caffeine or sugar cause acne, consuming caffeine or sugar can cause hormones to spike which may cause some breakouts to occur. Another reason why caffeine may cause acne is because it dehydrates the skin. Try minimizing the amount of sugar, caffeine, and milk (especially skim milk) because all of these foods may have some connection with hormone imbalance and acne. Drink green tea instead of coffee. Green tea does not have as much caffeine as coffee, but there may be enough caffeine in green tea to get you going in the morning or whenever you need an extra boost of energy. If you cannot make an all out switch but are drinking multiple cups of coffee throughout the day, try substituting at least a cup of coffee you are drinking with a cup of green tea. Substituting a cup of coffee for a cup of green tea will reward your body with more antioxidants, and because green tea has less caffeine your skin will be more hydrated.
Drink a lot of green tea for acne.
Drinking green tea needs to be done often to get the desired result of less acne. Drink at least four to five cups of green tea day a day, and up to six cups a day to get the most from the cleansing effects of green tea. Six cups is a bit extreme, but it will help cleanse the body if you live in a polluted environment, and six cups will also help if you have a hormone imbalance. Green tea helps protect your body from free radicals and toxins that come from pollutants. Drinking green tea will help clear up breakouts that occur on the sides of the chin because pimples in this area can be caused by a hormone imbalance. Depending on your weight, size, how much you exercise, and various other factors the amount of fluid you should be getting per day varies. As a general rule you should be getting at least eight, eight ounce cups of fluid spread out throughout day. Count cups of water, green tea, coffee, and any other fluids you drink during the day as a part of your total fluid intake for the day.
A tip when drinking green tea for acne.
When adding flavor to green tea do not use sugar or any artificial sweeteners like splenda. Use a natural ingredient (except sugar) like honey or honey suckle to sweeten green tea. Sugar and artificial sweeteners will neutralize the cleansing effects of green tea.
Topical green tea acne remedies.
After pouring yourself a cup of steaming green tea put your face next to the cup and let the steam cleanse your pores. This will also allow the antioxidants in green tea to penetrate your skin through the steam. Steaming with green tea helps to get rid of blackheads. Use a green tea bag after it’s cooled by gently rubbing it all over your face for a about a minute. Instead of heating a pot on the stove, put a few bags of green tea in some steaming hot water from your sink. Wait until the water cools off then rinse your face with the water and rub a tea bag on your face in circular motions. Hold the tea bag over areas that you are prone to breakout at for a few minutes. After applying green tea to your face let it dry on its own or pat dry with a clean towel. Apply a moisturizer to counter some of the drying effects green tea has. Use green tea topically at most twice a week if you have average skin or once a week if you have dry or sensitive skin. Daily use will cause the skin to dry out.
Make a green tea acne face wash with apple cider vinegar.
Add a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar (ACV) to a cup of green tea to get the benefits of both remedies. ACV has similar effects on acne as green tea, but it will also give the skin a balanced pH that keeps acne causing bacteria from forming as much. As with the green tea face wash only use ACV and green tea a couple of times a week if you have average or oily skin or once a week if you have dry or sensitive skin. The ACV also makes the skin sensitive to the sun so put on a sunscreen or moisturizer with SPF 30 or higher that won’t clog your pores if you’re applying it in the daytime. Apply ACV and green tea at night so that the smell (ACV smells pretty bad) and the sensitivity to the sun will be gone by morning.