Green Tea to treat Acne? My Results and Scientific Analysis.

In my teenage days when I was struggling with acne, I tried different natural therapies to get rid of my acne and green tea was one of them.

Here’s what I did : 

I tried drinking 2 cups of green tea a day, as well as using a cloth soaked in green tea to apply on my face. I even got my mother to put the boiled green tea leaves on top of the cloth in hope that more of the green tea essence would enter my skin. I did this diligently for a month. Those green tea I used were good grade tea leaves and not those tea bags we find in grocery stores.

My Results : 

It did not work for me and my acne got worse. I do not think that green tea worsened my acne condition but rather it did not help in improving my acne condition, thus as my acne progressed, it got worse.

I love green tea and I truly believe that drinking green tea has positive health benefits. But to rely on this solely to clear acne would not be very realistic. If you do not know my story on how I struggled with acne and finally found a solution after 14 years, you can read more here.
Being a science geek with a biomedical background, I decided to analyse some scientific papers to provide more information about green tea. But first of all, let us understand why people actually suggest using green tea to treat acne. There’s a good scientific base behind it.

Why green tea might help in reducing acne?

  • Contains Anti-Oxidants
    Green tea contains many anti-oxidants, especially polyphenols. In a small study1 published by South Korean scientists, they found that EGCG (the major polyphenol in green tea) at 1% or 5% concentration improved acne condition when applied on the face. In the study, subjects showed improvements in 2 months but were not rid of acne totally.
  • Reduce insulin and blood glucose spike
    Another possibility of how drinking green tea might help acne as it helps to counter high glycemic food effect. Meaning that it helps to reduce insulin and blood glucose spike. However, this is still highly debatable. And I believe it depends on individual person. Not everybody is affected by high glycemic food effect.
  • Anti-Bacterial Effect
    Green tea extract has been shown in the lab to inhibit activity of Propionibacterium acnes (the bacteria responsible for acne) after a certain concentration.²

P.S. Note that in most studies, green tea shows reducing acne and not clearing it totally.
P.P.S These studies are very precise in the concentration of green tea/extract being used. In real life, it’s hard to achieve such precise concentration.

My Conclusion

Well, it didn’t work for me and based on the scientific evidence, it might help in reducing acne but not in getting rid of it totally. But there’s really no harm in drinking green tea anyway. It’s a healthy drink.

On hindsight,  I would have needed 3-6 cups of green tea instead of 2 cups to perhaps see some effect on my acne. Perhaps.

Anyway, the best and fastest way to clear your acne is to use Skinlycious Anti-Acne Bundle. A 3 step regime to solve your acne woes once and for all. Comes with a 30 Days Money Back Guarantee for the trial size.

References :

1. Yoon JY, Kwon HH, Min SU, Thiboutot DM, Suh DH.
Epigallocatechin-3-gallate improves acne in humans by modulating intracellular molecular targets and inhibiting P. acnes.
J Invest Dermatol. 2013 Feb;133(2):429-40.

2. Li Z, Summanen PH, Downes J, Corbett K, Komoriya T, Henning SM, Kim J, Finegold SM.
Antimicrobial Activity of Pomegranate and Green Tea Extract on Propionibacterium Acnes, Propionibacterium Granulosum, Staphylococcus Aureus and Staphylococcus Epidermidis.
J Drugs Dermatol. 2015 Jun;14(6):574-8.



About The author : Jasmine Kang

Founder of Skinlycious – a one stop skin care solution for acne and acne-prone skin. A science geek, who has struggled with acne for 14 long years. Armed with decades of acne-fighting experience and bioscience / pharmaceutical knowledge, she seeks to find solution for her own acne-prone skin. She also takes immense joy in helping people regain confidence by solving their acne woes. Her secret ambition is to rid the world of irritating acne.