How Can Green Tea Treat Acne?


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If you suffer from acne breakouts, it’s only natural to question if natural remedies could be any help.

One household remedy which has received some attention as a natural acne treatment is green tea.

Some people claim green tea can combat breakouts, as well as offering a host of other health benefits such as promoting weight loss and protecting against heart disease.

So, is there any truth in the claims?

The Link Between Green Tea And Acne

There have been many purported links between beverages and foods and acne. Some people claim that alcohol and chocolate can exacerbate the problem, while green tea has been linked with a reduction in breakouts.

There have been numerous studies carried out into whether green tea can offer any benefits to skin health, and the results have been very positive.

Green tea reduces inflammation which can help to clear the skin and reduce the severity and frequency of breakouts. Since green tea is also packed with antioxidants which combat free radicals and repair damaged skin, it can also be beneficial in relieving the symptoms associated with acne.

High blood sugar and insulin levels are linked to worse acne, and therefore keeping levels stable is key to ensuring skin stays looking clear. Green tea can actually help in this.

A Japanese study proved that people who drank over six cups of green tea every day have a lower incidence of diabetes. This is because green tea can reduce insulin resistance and lower blood sugar levels.

For this reason, green tea also promotes weight loss and this too can improve skin health.

Since green tea also has anti-inflammatory benefits it can make skin feel better and look better too.

Green Tea Benefits for Acne

Green tea offers a host of possible benefits for the skin and overall well-being too.

Green tea helps to reduce the amount of sebum produced by the skin while also giving the immune system a boost and reducing inflammation levels.

These three things, in conjunction, help massively to combat acne.

Green tea contains an antioxidant polyphenol called EGCG. This polyphenol is responsible for many of the benefits of green tea.

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Here, we look at how green tea can help people who suffer from acne.

  • Lower androgen levels – EGCG reduces the levels of androgen in the body. This is beneficial for acne sufferers since high levels of androgens causes increased sebum production and this clogs pores and worsens inflammation, resulting in worse acne.
  • Combats candida albicans – people who have an overgrowth of candida in their gut suffer from all kinds of problems including acne. However EGCG combats candida on its own while also boosting “azole” antifungal treatments to make them even more effective.
  • Lowers blood sugar levels – EGCG lowers blood glucose and insulin levels, improving insulin resistance. Most acne sufferers are insulin resistant, and this causes excessive sebum production, worsened inflammation, swelling and redness and clogged pores. The EGCG in green tea reduces insulin resistance and improves blood sugar level control to reduce acne breakouts.
  • Combats skin UV damage – EGCG can repair DNA which has been damaged by UV ray exposure. This could help to combat acne since it’s possible that DNA damage due to UV exposure could suppress the immune system which could lead to worsened acne.

How to Use Green Tea To Treat Acne 

If you’re interested in trying to use green tea to treat your acne problem there are two possible ways in which it could be used. You can either use it internally by drinking it, or externally by applying it topically onto your skin.

Let’s take a look at some of the different ways in which green tea can be used to treat your acne problem.

Treating it from the outside

There are numerous preparations which can be used externally to treat acne-prone skin. Here are just a few:

1.Green Tea On Its Own

Brew yourself some green tea. Allow it to cool down completely then pour into a spray bottle. Make sure your face is thoroughly clean and dry then spray the green tea on your face and allow it to dry naturally.

Use cold water to rinse your face and pat dry gently using a clean towel. Apply a non-comedogenic moisturizer. Repeat this treatment twice daily for the best results.

2.Honey And Green Tea

Put a green tea bag into a cup of boiling hot water for three minutes. Take out the tea bag and allow it to cool completely.

Once it is cold, cut the tea bag open and take out the leaves. Add a large spoonful of honey to the tea leaves. Apply the mixture to a clean and dry face and leave for twenty minutes.

Rinse away using cool water, then gently pat dry. You should repeat this four times per week for the best results.

3.Apple Cider Vinegar And Green Tea

Brew a cup of green tea and allow to completely cool. Add a spoonful of apple cider vinegar to the cool tea and put in a glass jar. Store in the fridge.

Dampen a cotton ball with the vinegar and green tea mixture and dab it onto a clean, dry face. Allow to dry naturally then apply moisturizer. Repeat twice daily for the best results.

4.Tea Tree Oil And Green Tea

Brew a cup of green tea and allow to completely cool. Mix a few drops of tea tree oil with the cold green tea and store in a glass jar inside your fridge.

Wet a cotton wool ball with the mix and dab gently onto a clean, dry face. Allow to dry completely then apply moisturizer. Repeat twice daily for the best results.

5.Aloe Vera And Green Tea

Pour a cup of boiling hot water and put two green tea bags into it. Let the tea cool. Squeeze in some aloe vera gel and combine well.

Soak a cotton wool ball in the mix and dab gently onto a clean, dry face. Allow it to dry naturally then apply moisturizer. Repeat this twice daily for the best results.

6.Lemon And Green Tea

Brew one quarter of a cup of green tea and allow to completely cool. Add the juice of one lemon to the cold tea and mix well.

Dip a cotton wool ball into the mix and gently dab onto a clean, dry face. Allow to dry completely before applying moisturizer. Repeat twice daily for the best results.

7. Olive Oil And Green Tea

Brew a cup of green tea and allow to completely cool down. When it is cold, pour into a spray bottle and spritz onto a clean, dry face. Allow it to naturally dry and then rinse away using cold water.

Pat your face dry using a clean towel then apply two tablespoons of olive oil onto your clean fingertips and massage into your facial skin for two minutes. Wash away with a facial cleanser and pat dry. Repeat daily for the best results.

Drink It

Drinking green tea is also an effective way to improve the condition of acne-prone skin. Drink one cup per day at least to see the best effects.

Consuming green tea as a beverage helps to reduce skin inflammation thanks to the powerful antioxidants it contains while reducing the level of insulin in the body and balancing hormones.

You can use any type of green tea. Simply boil some water and pour into a cup. Steep a green tea bag in the water for up to five minutes. Take out the tea bag and drink the tea.

You can even add fresh orange juice, mint leaves, lemon juice or a spoonful of honey to improve the flavor if you wish. Alternatively, you can add ice cubes to make iced green tea.

Begin by drinking a single cup daily and then progress to three per day. It’s wise to avoid drinking more than this amount since green tea contains caffeine. You should notice results in around 3 weeks. While you’re drinking green tea, remember to eat a healthy diet too for the best results.

Avoid excess sugar in your diet to limit the amount of breakouts you’ll experience.


Although green tea won’t be a miracle cure for acne, it does contain beneficial properties which mean that it can help to improve the condition of your skin.

It’s certainly worth giving green tea a try by both drinking it and applying it externally to your skin to see if it will make a difference to your breakouts. If you already drink hot beverages, it certainly makes sense to switch one of them for a cup of hot green tea, while including green tea applications to your beauty regime can be both pleasurable and beneficial for your skin.

As green tea is a natural substance it won’t cause you any unpleasant reactions or side-effects, and there’s a good chance that you will experience at least some positive results if you’re patient and wait for the recommended two or three weeks.


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