A series of scientific studies show that EGCG, a powerful antioxidant found in green tea, is an excellent natural treatment for acne when applied to the skin. Here is the evidence:
Researchers in South Korea found that applying cream containing EGCG to rabbit ears reduced the size of sebaceous glands. These are the glands that secrete sebum, our skin’s natural oil. These glands are usually enlarged in acne prone skin, which release more sebum and result in clogged pores. Smaller sebaceous glands reduce the amount of sebum production.
That study was confirmed by an in vitro (or test tube study) that showed EGCG was directly responsible for reducing sebum production1.
In a clinical trial over the course of 8-weeks, human participants found that applying a cream containing EGCG significantly improved their acne2.
The main ingredient in every Teava Skincare product is organic green tea distillate. This means the acne fighting benefits of EGCG are in every one of our products and is just one reason they are so effective.
What other ways have you used green tea to improve your skin? Share in the comment section!
Myung Im, et al., “Epigallocatechin-3-Gallate Suppresses IGF-I-Induced Lipogenesis and Cytokine Expression in SZ95 Sebocytes,” Journal of Investigative Dermatology December 2012; 132:2700-2708, http://www.nature.com/jid/journal/v132/n12/full/jid2012202a.html.
Yoon JY, et al., “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, http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23096708?dopt=Abstract.