Drinking more green tea and white tea can improve your skin tone and reduce acne.

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Stopping Acne with Green Tea and White Tea

Green tea is one of the healthiest beverages you can drink

 

For centuries green tea has been a staple of traditional Chinese medicine, and with its combination of great taste and potent antioxidants, it has grown in popularity across the world. Nowadays, almost every grocery store has a variety of green tea beverages.

 

Green tea is especially beneficial for promoting healthy skin. As one of the best herbal antioxidants, green tea aids in detoxifying your skin cells. It also reduces inflammation, enhances digestion, and helps curb the effects of hormonal shifts.

 

All these benefits add up to what could be the perfect drink for those struggling with acne, provided that you take it the right way.

 

Not all green tea is equal. To get the full benefit from drinking green tea, you have to brew it fresh. That means buying the tea leaves and brewing it yourself, not simply picking up pre-brewed ice tea at the store. If you're just going to buy Lipton or Arizona green tea, you might as well be drinking soda. That stuff is packed with sugar and preservatives that go a long way in negating any health benefits.

 

And that brings us to another point: don't use sugar. Sugar neutralizes the antioxidants and vitamins you would otherwise get from green tea. So if you're not drinking it unsweetened, you're missing out.

 

A liquid diet of green tea for acne?

 

Some people are so enamored with green tea that they recommend drinking tons of the stuff - as much as 2-3 gallons per day to combat acne! That's a lot of green tea. Flushing gallons of tea through your system may help speed detoxification (even water alone would do this), but it's not a practical (or natural) long-term acne solution, and like most extreme diets, it comes with a few drawbacks.

 

Besides constantly having to use the restroom, the other downside of drinking super-high quantities of green tea is that, along with antioxidants, you'll also be getting a whole lot of caffeine

 

Like alcohol, caffeine is a diuretic, which means that it dehydrates your body, sapping water from your skin cells and leaving them more vulnerable to irritation and inflammation. In addition, caffeine also stimulates the production of more oil from your sebaceous glands, and if you have acne, the very last thing you need is even more excess skin oil.

 

Compared to other teas and coffee, green tea is actually low in caffeine (it varies, but 1 cup of green tea usually has 20-30 mg of caffeine, compared with 30-60 mg in black tea, or 60-100 mg in coffee). However, this advantage will obviously be offset if you are drinking gallons every day...

 

Green tea is good. White tea may be even better.

 

Green tea may be getting more attention, but don't let that fool you. When it comes to clear skin, the health benefits of white tea may just be even more impressive than its green-tinted brother.

 

Both green tea and white tea actually come from the same plant (Camellia sinensis). They both use the very same leaves. The only difference is when they are picked. White tea leaves are picked before the buds open, while they are still sealed and coated in fine white hairs. And while green tea is partially fermented, white tea is not fermented at all. It has a pale tint and a light, often floral or fruity flavor.

 

It turns out that the younger leaves harvested for white tea yield an even higher concentration of antioxidants than what is found in green tea. They also have stronger antibacterial properties and pack slightly less caffeine. That makes for a great combination against acne.

 

As with green tea, the same preparation advice applies: it needs to be fresh-brewed and unsweetened for best results (note that hot or cold is fine, so if you want to brew a pitcher at a time, go for it).

 

Whether you go with green tea or white tea, both beverages are great for your skin when taken at non-insane levels. You're supposed to be drinking 8 glasses of water per day, but if you want to swap a few of those glasses for something with a bit more taste, either one of these teas is an excellent choice.

 

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