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Green Tea Acne Treatment: Hope or Hype?

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Green tea acne treatment options are being discussed all over cyberspace, and I can safely bet that this is not the first blog that you have read on this topic. But what is your impression about these green tea acne treatments? Do you think that it is a great solution to your acne problems or do you think that it is just another marketing gimmick? Well, you have full right to your choice of thought, but would you not prefer to get your facts right before settling on a judgment?

Research on green tea acne benefits:

So let us have a look at some of findings, which scientists have obtained after conducting research on green tea acne benefits. I found an interesting research [1] [2] that clearly displays the effect between green tea and acne. We all are aware that green tea is abundant in polyphenols and antioxidants. In addition to these, other enzymes like epicatechin-3-gallate have been proved to have a beneficial effect on hormone (androgen) related acne.

How much of green tea is recommended in green tea acne treatment?

I was wondering that the above cited research just confirms about the benefit of green tea acne treatment; but how do I know how much of green tea should I drink at a time or in a day to get my acne cured with it? So I just kept on searching for other research studies where they had clearly mentioned about the dose or amount of green tea to be used and I finally found it here [3] Even though the research was conducted for patients suffering from Atopic dermatitis, which is an allergic inflammation of the skin, yet I deduced that the dosage recommendations would work for reducing skin inflammations of acne too.

So if you want to try green tea acne treatment, you will need to drink around 330 ml of green tea thrice a day, after every major meal. Oolong tea bags that contain around 10 gm of oolong tea would work fine, and you need to add 1 teabag to 1 liter of water and steep it for 5 whole minutes to get the right brew.

Now that you have solid research and proof to guide your judgement, I believe that you will be more empowered to take a logical decision about trying green tea acne treatments.

References:

[1] Katiyar SK, Ahmad N, Mukhtar H. Green tea and skin. Arch Dermatol. 2000;136:989-994.

[2] Liao S, Hiipakka RA. Selective inhibition of steroid 5 alpha-reducatase isozymes by tea epicatechin-3-gallate and epigallocatechin-3-gallate. Biochem Biophys Res Comm. 1995;214:833-838.

[3] A Trial of Oolong Tea in the Management of Recalcitrant Atopic Dermatitis Masami Uehara, MD; Hisashi Sugiura, MD; Kensei Sakurai, MD Arch Dermatol. 2001;137:42-43.

Green tea acne treatment options are being discussed all over cyberspace, and I can safely bet that this is not the first blog that you have read on this topic. But what is your impression about these green tea acne treatments? Do you think that it is a great solution to your acne problems or do you think that it is just another marketing gimmick? Well, you have full right to your choice of thought, but would you not prefer to get your facts right before settling on a judgment?

Research on green tea acne benefits:

So let us have a look at some of findings, which scientists have obtained after conducting research on green tea acne benefits. I found an interesting research [1] [2] that clearly displays the effect between green tea and acne. We all are aware that green tea is abundant in polyphenols and antioxidants. In addition to these, other enzymes like epicatechin-3-gallate have been proved to have a beneficial effect on hormone (androgen) related acne.

How much of green tea is recommended in green tea acne treatment?

I was wondering that the above cited research just confirms about the benefit of green tea acne treatment; but how do I know how much of green tea should I drink at a time or in a day to get my acne cured with it? So I just kept on searching for other research studies where they had clearly mentioned about the dose or amount of green tea to be used and I finally found it here [3] Even though the research was conducted for patients suffering from Atopic dermatitis, which is an allergic inflammation of the skin, yet I deduced that the dosage recommendations would work for reducing skin inflammations of acne too.

So if you want to try green tea acne treatment, you will need to drink around 330 ml of green tea thrice a day, after every major meal. Oolong tea bags that contain around 10 gm of oolong tea would work fine, and you need to add 1 teabag to 1 liter of water and steep it for 5 whole minutes to get the right brew.

Now that you have solid research and proof to guide your judgement, I believe that you will be more empowered to take a logical decision about trying green tea acne treatments.

References:

[1] Katiyar SK, Ahmad N, Mukhtar H. Green tea and skin. Arch Dermatol. 2000;136:989-994.

[2] Liao S, Hiipakka RA. Selective inhibition of steroid 5 alpha-reducatase isozymes by tea epicatechin-3-gallate and epigallocatechin-3-gallate. Biochem Biophys Res Comm. 1995;214:833-838.

[3] A Trial of Oolong Tea in the Management of Recalcitrant Atopic Dermatitis Masami Uehara, MD; Hisashi Sugiura, MD; Kensei Sakurai, MD Arch Dermatol. 2001;137:42-43.

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