In a 2003 preliminary study performed with green tea cream researchers looked at the effect of green tea on acne. This solution turned out to be just as effective as the benzoyl peroxide solution normally prescribed.
Here, a three percent green tea extract cream was comparable to a four percent benzoyl peroxide solution in the treatment of moderate to severe acne.
Dr. Jennifer Gan-Wong from the Memorial Medical Center in the Philippines presented these results at the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Dermatology. She found the green tea antioxidants reduce inflammation and bacterial infections, whereas the green tea didn’t create the side-effects known to the chemical solutions.
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Another study, presented at the 2005 Annual Meeting of the American College of Dermatology, showed that patients with papulopustular rosacea treated with a two percent green tea extract cream had far less inflammation compared to patients using vehicle cream.
According to Dr. Tanweer Syed, an associate professor of dermatology at the University of California who developed the green tea solution, the first group had a 70% improvement in rosacea compared to the second group (after applying the cream twice a day for 4 weeks).
Normally, not much can be done about blushing or rosacea; after treating the patients, however, their faces had become much less red than before. However, since the study only involved 60 women, more research needs to be done in order to see whether this finding is also valid in a large test group.
In short, green tea reduces or even eliminates acne, rosacea and blushing but it also has anti-aging and sun protection abilities. What’s best of all, it doesn’t have the side-effects people normally have to deal with.
I’d say it’s worth a try!