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How Green Tea Can Heal Your Acne

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1. Apply it topically.

2. Drink it!

Well, that was easy, wasn't it?

I loooove me some green tea, just try and keep me away from it.

It's a delicious herbal tea made from Camellia sinensis leaves that have undergone minimal oxidation during processing. Green tea originated in China, but its production has spread to many countries in Asia. But did you know that green tea may also have the potential to help heal up your acne?

That's right!

Green tea has something called catechins which have been shown to increase total plasma antioxidant activity in the body (1)(2).

Severe acne patients have lower antioxidant levels than mild acne patients and while there isn't necessarily a clear link between antioxidant consumption and antioxidant status in the body, we have seen promising results in antioxidant supplementation.

We also know that Malondialdehyde, a marker of oxidative stress (free radical damage, a lack of antioxidant status), also decreases after green tea intake (1)(2).

Catechins also act as antioxidants in vitro, meaning they may prevent the oxidation of other antioxidants like vitamin E, also.

One study on a component of green tea significantly improved acne in an 8-week randomized, split-face, clinical trial, and was well tolerated. In another study, participants consumed either a beverage with green tea polyphenols providing 1402 mg total catechins/day or a control beverage. An intake of the green tea for 12 weeks increased blood flow and oxygen delivery to the skin. Green tea was shown to protect skin against harmful UV radiation and helped to improve the overall skin quality of women!

Green tea may also improve the skin in other ways, such as by improving insulin levels and lowering testosterone.

Needless to say, if you're not drinking green tea for your acne, you should be! I personally recommend this brand of matcha which is super yummy as a latte with some alomnd milk, or if you prefer regular old green tea, this brand.

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