Green Tea has been one of those names often thrown around for for the past few years when it comes to health conscious living. Green Tea diets, smoothies, cakes, pills….you name it…they make it! It’s one of nature’s little miracles. It seems like there isn’t a day goes by without some news report about discovery of yet another medicinal benefit. And now acne joins that ever-growing list.
Since Matcha Green Tea has now become highlighted as the ‘new and improved’ Green Tea, there are such huge benefits when it comes to Green Tea and Skin that are all very exciting!
You can use green tea to fight acne in two ways: not only by drinking it, but by using it topically!
Using Green Tea topically
Studies have shown that topical green tea can:
Cut sebum production by 50%(Sebum is the oily substance that your skin produces to protect your skin. Too much sebum, you'll probably be battling acne, and if it has too little sebum, you could end up with dry, cracked skin.)
Reduce acne by 50%(that’s as much as benzoyl peroxide which is found in traditional medicated acne clearing products)
Reduce skin’s genetic sensitivity to androgen hormones
Reduce acne-causing inflammation
So what does Green Tea actually do for the body that helps acne?
Well in a nutshell, it fights hormonal acne, reduces insulin levels, which means the skin produces less sebum.
Antioxidants in green tea are 25 to 100 times more potent than vitamin C. Drinking green tea can reduce inflammation that’s known to cause acne.
On a more scientific level and for those interested in a deeper level of understanding, continue below…..
EGCG lowers androgen levels (male hormones)
Essentially, EGCG dampens down IGF-1’s acne-producing effects in your body.
It does this in two ways:
1. By making your body pump out more IGFBP-3 (insulin-like growth factor binding protein 3), a protein that binds up IGF-1 floating around in your bloodstream.
2. By blocking IGF-1 receptors directly, preventing IGF-1 from activating these receptors (potentially preventing the acne-boosting effects of IGF-1)
That’s a really good thing if you’ve got acne, since high IGF-1 levels make your skin pump out excess sebum, produce too many skin cells in your pores that get stuck together and clog your pores, and worsen inflammation.
Anything you can do to reduce IGF-1 levels, and get them back to normal, will almost definitely improve your acne.
Furthermore, EGCG inhibits 5-α reductase. Now, 5-α reductase can be a big problem for acne sufferers, since it converts free testosterone to the much more potent DHT (dihydrotestosterone). DHT is a mega-stimulator of excess sebum, clogged pores, and more. So by blocking 5-α reductase, EGCG finds yet another way to (potentially) improve acne!
EGCG helps kill Candida albicans. Persistent Candida infections can cause all kinds of problems, not least systemic inflammation, a compromised immune system, and of course, acne.
EGCG, it turns out, is pretty effective against Candida!
First, EGCG messes up Candida‘s ability to create and maintain biofilm. Biofilm allows Candida to sequester itself away from your immune system, so disrupting that biofilm is an important attack vector against systemic Candida infections.
Second, EGCG sneak-attacks Candida by screwing with its folic acid metabolism. This prevents Candida from producing ergosterol, the fungal version of cholesterol that’s absolutely key for Candida survival and replication. Without ergosterol, Candida can’t reproduce.
If you’ve got Candida issues(and that’s becoming more and more common as Candida become more and more resistant to antifungals). EGCG in green/white tea could help get rid of them.
EGCG synergizes powerfully with “azole” antifungals like fluconazole. It massively magnifies azoles’ Candida-destroying effects, even against fluconazole-resistant Candida! That’s some powerful synergy, and all the more reason to drink EGCG-rich green or white tea if you’re taking azole antifungals!
Green tea lowers fasting blood sugar
Two recent meta-analyses of 22+ different studies, covering 1584+ people, found that green tea catechins (including EGCG) significantly lowered:
· Fasting blood glucose
· Fasting insulin
· Hb A1c (glycated hemoglobin, a measure of overall blood sugar control)
These studies suggest that green tea improves insulin resistance. Acne sufferers tend to be quite insulin-resistant, which, in combination with high carbohydrate/sugar intake, can lead to:
· Excess sebum production
· Clogged pores
· Worse inflammation, redness, and swelling
· Glycation (basically, excess sugar floats around in your bloodstream and damages your cells, cross-linking proteins, and turning that supple collagen matrix in your facial skin into more brittle, wrinkled, aged skin)
So by reducing insulin resistance, and improving blood sugar control, it looks like green tea might have some beneficial effects in all these areas of acne!
So the Japanese Women and Geisha’s had this right a very long time ago. Drinking Matcha Green Tea and using it topically really aids in clear skin and great for the treatment of acne!
More details and scientific studies are available on our website; www.hellohappyskin.com.au