Green tea has been around for centuries, treating everything from skin problems to digestion issues. It's an extremely effective holistic cure for a complete range of problems; simply type "green tea for" into the google search engine and it'll come up with results like weight loss, babies, plants, kidneys, nausea, and of course, skin.
Green tea has been known as a super antioxidant-packed-beauty essential for quite some time. Just poke around for a minute and you'll find a long thread of comments where people rave about how drinking green tea has helped clear up their skin tremendously, giving it an overall rating of 4.5/5 stars (yippie!). There's no special number of how many cups you need to consume each day, but most people say anywhere from 3-6 cups will get you the results of clear skin you desire.
Green tea specifically helps in the treatment of acne through its anti-inflammatory properties, balancing blood sugar levels, and reducing hormonal acne.
Boasts Anti-Inflammatory Properties
As we are well aware, acne is an inflammatory disease. Inflammation can be a great thing when the body is functioning properly, it helps our system respond to physical injuries, fight infections, and keeps the immune system in check. But when it gets out of control it can turn into widespread chronic systematic inflammation, leading to acne, arthritis, cancer, diabetes, obesity, and more. Good news is... green tea is especially helpful when it comes to fighting chronic inflammation!
The strong anti-inflammatory effects green tea carries are associated with the powerful antioxidant EGCG, a polyphenol that has continuously showed promising results study after study. EGCG's antioxidant power is 100 times more potent that vitamins C and E, according to which focused on the anti-inflammatory effects of green tea with arthritis.
"15 out of 22 studies showed a positive antioxidant effect from green tea. Epidemiological studies also shower lower levels of DNA damage and inflammatory damage in heavy green tea drinkers (6+ cups per day)."
All the more reason to reach for that second (or sixth) cup!
Manages Blood Sugar Levels
Keeping blood sugar and insulin levels consistent is vital for clear skin. Refined carbohydrates, or anything that spikes your blood sugar for that matter, will create a swift spike and drop in blood sugar, thus triggering an inflammatory response. That is why figuring out how to keep your insulin and blood sugar levels stable is vital in the fight for clear, glowing skin.
I have first-hand experience telling you that a low carbohydrate or low GI diet that controls insulin and blood sugar levels, really does work to keep breakouts at bay. Green tea goes into that same boat, working to balance insulin levels and effectively reduce blood sugar.
from Japan showed that 6 cups of green tea a day reduced the risk of developing type-2 diabetes by 33%. It is also believed that the more you drink, the more the risk is reduced. The study published the below findings,
"Women drinking 1-6 cups per week reduced risk by 21%, 1-2 cups per day reduced the risk by 34%, 3-5 cups per day by 39% and 6 or more cups by 51%."
Though results vary, most studies show a positive effect on insulin resistance and blood sugar levels, which in turn is great for managing hormonal acne!
Actively Balances Hormones
Do y'all remember the ever so popular we discussed just a few articles ago? If not, don’t fret- just click the link really quick and read up! Basically, it's in dairy, linked to inflammation, and prevalent in larger amounts in those who suffer with inflammatory or hormonal acne. It's one of the two main hormones, along with sex hormones (estrogen and testosterone specifically) that really wreak havoc on your skin.
The good news is that green tea has been linked to balancing the IGF-1 and androgen hormones that are linked to acne! Green tea works to increase the number of molecules which bind to sex hormones, creating less available or "free" hormones. It is also known to decrease and regulate estrogen production. According to ,
"The blood estrogen levels were 13 percent lower in women who regularly drink green tea, when compared to irregular tea drinkers, according to a study in the May 2005 issue of the journal “Carcinogenesis"
Final Thoughts on Green Tea
Green tea works to clear skin by tackling several different angles; balancing hormones, managing blood sugar, and reducing inflammation. It seems to be an all in one super acne fighter, working from the inside out. As if you didn't already have enough reasons to drink green, here's a few more to convince you:
- Manages weight
- Fights cancer
- Promotes relaxation
- Lowers chlosterol
- Helps with Tooth decay
- And of course, helps with signs of aging and CLEAR skin!
Now, get to brewing!
Kali Kushner, known as the Instagram alias myfacestory, is a natural beauty advocate in the greater Cincinnati area who is passionate about using organic skincare and holistic remedies to heal acne from the inside out. Her dedication lies in her own chronic acne struggles as she continues to restore herself while helping those around her.