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Green Tea And Acne

by Simon Lee / Dec 26, 2016 / category : acne / 13119 views
Green Tea And Acne

Across the world, the consumption of green tea is second only to water, and, over the past few years, the benefits of drinking it have become far more widely known, partially as a direct result of its ever increasing popularity.

Several of the more prominent characteristics of green tea make it an ideal resource in your fight against the worst ravages of your acne. Originating from China (where the sheer size of the population is one of the reasons for its popularity) green tea is high in antioxidants, and these are famed for their ability to ward off diseases and keep the body’s cell structure healthy.

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Research has also indicated that antioxidants are an effective protection against cancer as well as being able to reduce the risk of heart disease and strokes. In some cases, they have even been known to reduce the levels of the ‘bad’ cholesterol blood levels in test subjects.

In the past few years, however, it has become increasingly apparent that the antioxidant qualities of green tea may help to prevent or reduce the severity of acne as well. This may come as no great surprise, as it has long been suspected that placing a cold (or lukewarm) teabag on an acne blemish or lesion can help, by drawing out the toxins from the skin, thus promoting far faster healing times.

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However, research into using green tea (from which most of the nutrients have not been removed) currently suggests that it can go much further than sticking a used teabag on your face. This research has indicated that green tea has an inherent ability to reduce swelling, redness and inflammation, fight bacteria and may even prevent excessive hormone activity as well.

This is all very encouraging news for acne sufferers, as these are all present in the most severe cases of acne.

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According to the results of tests that were reported to the American Academy of Dermatology, when a lotion is made up of 3% extract of green tea and applied to the skin, the test results were directly comparable to those seen using a commercial acne treatment cream that contained 4% benzoyl peroxide. In these tests (which were conducted using 100 test subjects over a period of twelve weeks) the cream that was made using green tea extract cream was seen to offer exactly the same level of effectiveness as a treatment for acne as benzoyl peroxide, but with far fewer unpleasant side effects.

While the latter is a common constituent of many leading brands of acne treatments, it is also used in the construction of tires and in plastic production as well as being a constituent of many proprietary brands of cosmetics.

However, benzoyl peroxide is also known to be capable of irritating human skin, eyes and the respiratory tracts, and for this reason, it is even on the dangerous substance list of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration in the USA with a caution against the dangers of prolonged or long term exposure to it.

Of course, there are no such worries using green tea, as it is 100% natural, and has as yet no known side effects whatsoever. At the moment, it is widely believed that Western medical science is only scratching at the surface of all the medicinal benefits that using green tea might offer.

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One thing is for certain, however. If you want to avoid the irritation, the dry skin and unpleasant redness that often accompanies using commercial acne products based on benzoyl peroxide, there is now a safer but equally effective alternative in a cream or lotion made with green tea extract.

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