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Green Tea Face mask for acne prone skin

Mary Craven

Posted on February 21 2017

The benefits of green tea are amazing! There has be impressive research on green tea and skin. According to everday health.com,  

Green tea contains a number of powerful polyphenols, one of which — epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG)— it contains in large quantities.

How it works: Research has shown that when EGCG is applied before or immediately after UV exposure, it helps correct cellular changes caused by damaging UV rays. “It can also quench hydrogen peroxide radicals and cause carcinogenic skin cells to degrade,” says Dr. Linder.

Here is another article from science daily, explaining how the antioxidents in green tea effect skin. 

Ready to see what green tea can do for your skin? Here is a simple diy mask you can make at home. It incorporates the skin benefits of green tea and honey which is also great for acne. This combined with our green tea soap is a stable for our teenagers. We love this diy mask because it will stick and not crumble and fall off. Great for all skin types but especially for areas of dull, oily skin acne prone skin. .

Keep away from eyes of course!

Green tea and honey face mask

Mix together:
1 tbsp. green tea
1 tbsp. baking soda
1/4 teaspoon raw cinnamon
Add in:
1 tbsp. natural honey (important not to use chemical infused honey which can irritate skin)
1 teaspoon organic yogurt
First add try ingredients together, then whip in honey and yogurt with a fork. If the mixture is too dry add in a bit more yogurt. Spread evenly on your face using the back of a spoon. Since there is cinnamon in this recipe use only once a week or omit cinnamon.
The dry ingredients in this mask will sloughs away dead skin cells and dirt built-up. There is good evidence that supports that Honey fights off bacteria*. Yogurt contains lactic acid which helps in controlling acne without stripping skins natural PH.

*while not studied specifically for acne causing bacteria, "One study in the Journal of Antibacterial Chemotherapy showed that honey (in concentrations between 2.5 percent and 5 percent) is effective against staphylococci, a very harmful bacteria," "We could not find any studies that tested honey’s effect on P. acnes, the bacteria that helps cause zits. However, given what we know about the antibacterial mechanism of honey, it is plausible it would work on this bacterium as well." So while there isn't hard evidence, in theory it has a similar biomechanism.

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1 comment

  • Sue Dickerson: March 02, 2017

    We tried this mask on my 16 year old over the weekend. It is amazing. Her dry patches on her skin from using too much acne paste were gone. Her skin has been clearer since. I am ordering your green tea soap now! Can’t wait to dry it.

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