What Is green tea?
Green tea is made from dried leaves and buds of the Camellia sinensis plant. This plant contains various types of catechins including one called epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), which acts as a natural antioxidant. Green tea is known to provide health benefits that help with burning fat, weight loss, heart health, memory, skin conditions and more. If you're still reading this, you're trying to figure out how green tea helps with acne prone skin!
How does green tea help the skin?
The antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties in green tea is great for the skin. The antioxidant in green tea combats free radicals and fights premature aging by actively protecting, repairing, and rejuvenating the skin cells.The anti-inflammatory properties helps aid acne prone skin by reducing redness and inflammation in the affected areas of the skin. This is when it is important to apply green tea topically versus consuming it in a beverage. When it is applied directly on the skin, it can help soothe irritation and itching caused by skin conditions such as dermatitis, rosacea, and psoriasis.
How does green tea help with acne?
Lets start with what causes acne. Acne often occurs when the pores of your skin become clogged with oil, dead skin cells, and bacteria. Bumps will then appear and cause whiteheads, blackheads, pimples, and if it goes untreated and worsen becomes cystic lesions. Acne can form in areas such as the face, forehead, chest, upper back and shoulders and will most likely happen when you are experiencing hormonal changes such as puberty or pregnancy. Acne can also be hereditary.
Green tea contains polyphenols that helps decrease the production of sebum secretion (oil). When an excessive amount of oil is produced, it can cause the skin to be oily/greasy which can contribute to the clogging of pores. Using products that contain green tea will help reduce the oil production in your skin and fight bacteria.