Compared to other ailments, acne is generally not considered a serious illness. However, acne can seriously impact the life of someone who has it. It can easily become the source of embarrassment and social anxiety. This can lead to depression and other more serious issues. Also, acne can burn and itch and make one feel miserable. If left untreated, acne can leave permanent scars that can last a lifetime. Green tea (Camellia sinensis) has been shown to be very effective at helping to cure acne and milder skin irritations when taken both externally and internally. It is also effective at preventing acne and other skin conditions from forming in the first place.
What Causes Acne and Milder Skin Irritation?
Acne and milder skin irritation are caused by three primary factors:1. Hair follicles producing too much oil, scientifically called sebum.2. Dead skin not shedding properly and building up inside the pores of the skin.
3. Bacteria getting trapped around the dead skin mixed with the extra oil causing infection and inflammation.
It is normal for hair follicles to produce oil. However, when too much oil is produced and dead skin does not slough off regularly, this can lead to skin follicles becoming clogged. This causes whiteheads if the clog remains below the surface of the skin and blackheads if the skin ruptures and the area darkens. Pimples appear when these clogged pores become infected by the bacteria that becomes trapped inside. The surrounding skin often becomes inflamed producing irritating symptoms including swelling, redness, burning, itchiness, and scaly skin.
Why Does Green Tea Work?
Green tea contains epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), one of the most powerful antioxidants ever discovered. In fact, this antioxidant is thought to be more than 200 times more powerful than vitamin E.Green tea is known to kill bacteria. It is also known to alleviate the symptoms of inflammation. Some relief is experienced almost instantly while the long-term use of green tea can help to completely eliminate these irritating symptoms.Scientific Research To Support Good Anecdotal Evidence
Most of the best home remedies get passed down in families from one generation to the next and from friend to friend. They remain popular simply because people see that they work. In the case of the curative powers of green tea on skin conditions, there have been a number of scientific studies to corroborate what folk medicine already knew.
A study done at the University of Miami and published in the Journal of Drugs in Dermatology showed that a two percent green tea lotion reduced current acne legions by fifty-eight percent and prevented future legions from forming. A study reported in the American Academy of Dermatology showed that a three percent green tea application worked better than a four percent benzoyl peroxide solution. Moreover, the green tea solution had fewer side effects.
How To Use Green Tea To Cure Acne and Other Skin Problems
There are two ways to externally apply green tea to your acne. First, seep a green tea bag and then let it cool to the point that it is comfortable on the skin. Apply the green tea bag directly to the acne and leave on fifteen to thirty minutes. You can use more than one tea bag if the affected area is large. Second, you can purchase creams containing green tea or simply EGCG. These come in varying strengths. You may want to use one method on one side of your face and the other method on the other side of your face to determine which one you respond to best.Drinking green tea internally can also help reduce the infection and inflammation due to your acne, especially if you do so on a regular basis. Try to brew the tea strong to get the most benefit. However, please remember that green tea does contain caffeine so you may want to substitute green tea for your coffee so you don’t get too much caffeine. If the weather is warm, you can drink iced green tea for the same healing effect.
Why Use Green Tea Instead of Benzoyl Peroxide
Most traditional over the counter treatments for acne such as benzoyl peroxide produce side effects. It is quite common for these products to dry the skin out very badly causing redness, itchiness, or even soreness. Green tea, a natural remedy, works in a more gentle way and does not usually cause these same side effects, and when they do occur, they are much less severe. If you have re-occurring acne or other skin issues, it would be a good idea for you to keep green tea bags in your kitchen pantry and some green tea cream in the medicine cabinet.
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