*2-Step Routine* Best way to Use Green Tea for ACNE | Bonus: Do’s & Don’ts
Acne is painful and getting rid of it is even more painful both emotionally and physically. Its not an easy task to find the right products that suits your skin and can also treat acne at the same time. Deadly combo right? But what if we take a little help from our kitchen and treat it the way it deserves?
This simple routine is kind of a minimalist approach to treat acne is the most sensitive way possible. Read on to know more..
Green Tea for face – Why and How it helps to treat Acne
Why green tea? Glad you asked.
Here are some of the great things that green tea can do to your skin with regular use,
1) Green tea is especially rich in epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), a polyphenol that research has shown can improve acne and oily skin.
2) Green tea contains Catechins which are antioxidant and also anti-inflammatory. Here’s where it gets interesting. The catechins in green tea are very effective at reducing skin inflammation.
3) Green tea, in particular, is packed with antioxidants that help brighten skin and protect it from free radicals.
4) Green tea is an amazing anti-inflammatory agent, so it helps treat acne and even rosacea.
5) Due to green tea’s skin repairability, it can help your skin against long-term effects of sun exposure, including hyperpigmentation.
The 2-Step Skin care routine to treat acne and get clear skin naturally
Though this routine is not a typical Cleanse-tone-moisturize kinda routine, this can still work for you because your skin need the right things and not just so many things to take care of it. This routine can be followed with the regular mild cleanser and natural gel moisturizers that you use daily. Apart from these two, you need nothing else for your skin. Now let me introduce you this simple Green tea acne treatment routine to you without further ado..
1. Best Green Tea Face pack to Treat Acne
A simple green tea face pack once a week can control your acne by reducing the inflammation around it. This face pack can be made with just two ingredients. They are,
Powdered Green Tea/Matcha tea
Take a tablespoon of green tea leaves and crush them to form a fine powder. I used mortar and pestle to ground the green tea leaves to fine powder.
Tea two teaspoons of this powder into a bowl and add a quarter a teaspoon of raw honey to it. Now add few drops of rose water/hydrosol to it and mix it well to form a thin paste like consistency which can be easily applied on your face.
Before applying this face mask, wash your face throughly with a mild face wash and pat dry your face. Spritz some rose water on face and then apply this green tea face mask to treat acne.
Wash off with normal water after 10 minutes. Do not over dry the face mask on your face. Dab your whole face with water first and then slowly without any pressure, wash off the face pack from your face. Moisturize your face with Aloe Vera gel.
This face mask works like a bomb for acne, for proof..see how this teen cured her cystic acne with just these two ingredients. (Source: DailyMail)
You can use this face mask once a week and not more than that.
2. Green Tea, Lemon and Mint Toner for Clear skin
One of the best, easiest and the cheapest way to take care of skin is by using fresh home made toners. I will share you the best green tea toner that you can use at your home as toner or even mix it in your face masks or even wash your face with it.
You require these three ingredients to prepare this toner.
Fresh Mint leaves/Tulsi leaves
Brew a cup of green tea and add mint leaves while the tea is still hot. Let the tea cool down to room temperature. Now add a teaspoon of lemon juice(or a lemon slice like me) in it and stir the tea well. Strain this liquid and store it in a reusable container. Your Green tea toner is ready and you can use this toner in two simple ways.
1) To use it as a night time toner, first wash your face with any mild cleanser and pat dry. Take the toner using a cotton pad and clean your face with it in upward direction for one minute. Place those used mint leaves/Tulsi leaves each on each pimple for 10 minutes and remove them off from face before going to bed. Menthol in the mint acts as a coolant to your skin and reduce the inflammation quickly and the lemon with natural alpha hydroxy acids in it, helps controls your acne from good.
2) Make ice cubes with this tea and store them for one week in the freezer. Use one daily. If the ice cube it too cool to handle for your face, wrap it in a small hanky and then rub your face gently with it.
This is it. This is the simple skin routine to follow to treat acne using green tea. This is the most simple yet effective routine that one can follow to reduce their acne at home naturally.
The Do’s and Don’ts while using green tea for acne and oily skin.
While we do care about our skin, sometimes we over do it. In this process, we make our skin look more worse and more sensitive to bacteria on our face. To avoid some of those mistakes, here is a list of things which you should absolutely care to follow and some which should never do if you want your skin to look clear.
Do’s for Acne prone skin
1) Internal treatments works war far better than any other external treatments. So understand what is triggering your acne and act accordingly. Observe your food habits for a week or so and see when does your skin breakouts more often and avoid that.
Drinking natural amla juice daily in the morning had really helped me clear acne and give clear skin. Similarly, see what works for you and adapt to that routine.
2) Strictly, use only mild cleansers for washing your face. No alpha hydroxy acids (lactic or glycolic) or beta hydroxy acids (salicyclic) face washes. These does more harm than good to your skin in the long run.
3) Use gel based moisturizers like Aloe Vera gel. Gel based moisturizers absorb into the skin easily and doesn’t clog your pores unlike the cream based ones.
4) Use soothing teas like Green tea, lavender, rose or chamomile to calm the inflamed skin. These flower teas can reduce the redness on skin and can actually work on your acne qucikly as a spot treatment. Brew your favorite cup of tea from the above list. Let it cool to room temperature. You can apply this tea directly as a toner and store the rest in form of ice cubes.
Don’ts for Acne prone skin
1) Never over wash your face. I know this is a common advice given my many aestheticians and beauty gurus, but no. Not required. Wash just once in the morning and once in the evening, if required( if only you are working or spend your day outsides/apply makeup/workout in the evening).
2) The more you ignore, the more it gets better. Acne cannot be reversed once it’s popped out on your face ( specially if you don’t react early with any spot treatments). So why go crazy and make your day worse. If you tease the pimple more, it leaves a permanent scar on your skin and on the other hand if you let it go..it fades away quickly then expected. Its true. You will find so many videos wherein people record their whole one week of ‘neither touching nor washing their face after they spot a pimple’. And the results are so satisfying. No treatment or product could have done better. So never touch nor hurt your acne. Be gentle.
3) Avoid makeup. This is hard. Isn’t it? Especially for you if acne causes insecurities. I am not here to lecture you about acne is not life and you should move on, because I have been there and I know how exactly it feels if your face is fully bloomed with red, bumpy acne and I use to feel so embarrassed to go out and meet my friends back then. Acne ain’t a joke, especially if attacks some one in their teenage years. So avoid if you can, because acne blocks your pores and the end of the day to remove your makeup you should use harsh makeup removes and cotton pads which creates friction and hurts your acne more.
4) Don’t use more than 2 products on a daily basis. Don’t get intimidated by the fancy Influencers/markerters to try so many different products on your face. Remember that minimum routine is the best way to take care any kind of skin.
5) Do not use abrasive scrubs or powdered cleansers when your acne is popped up on your skin’s surface. Because they can irritate the already inflamed skin and cause more redness.
Green tea is not the only way to treat acne, but it’s a modern, safe and natural way of doing it. There are many Antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant natural ingredients are also available, but make sure you know what you are getting into, before using it on your face! 🙂
That’s all for today. Happy skin care days. Pamper tight and sleep tight. 🙂