What’s The Best Herbal Tea For Acne? Does Tea Even Work To Clear Skin?

Green Tea

Green Tea Acne

The health benefits of green tea have been known for centuries. But it’s a little known fact that green tea can cure acne.

Green tea gets its power from antioxidants. More specifically, there is a natural chemical in green tea called polyphenol, which give this tea its benefits, mainly anti-inflammatory and anti-carcinogenic effects. But that’s not all! Epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) is a polyphenol in green tea that has shown the most promise in recent studies.

Much scientific research has been done to prove the power of green tea. For example, green tea has been scientifically shown to improve blood flow. Better blood flow, leads to better skin, which leads to less skin outbreaks.

Unfortunately, there isn’t as much scientific evidence on green tea for acne as there is for heart health and diabetes. But these studies show promising benefits for skin conditions such as acne.

In order to get the most out of this drink, follow these three easy tips.

  1. Buy a high quality tea. The better the tea, the more nutrients it will contain, and the more benefit you’ll get.
  2. Don’t use boiling water. Wait a few moments after the water has boiled and use warm water only.
  3. Adding lemon to the tea will enhance the taste, but the Vitamin C will actually make the catechins (the healthy chemicals in green tea) easier to absorb, which is a good thing!

Want more proof? Well, a recent study suggests that green tea can be the key to treating various skin conditions, even conditions such as psoriasis. Green tea was shown to help with conditions caused by inflammation, such as severe acne. This again adds to the belief that green tea can help cure acne and reduce skin outbreaks.

If you hate the taste of this particular drink, you could always explore green tea supplements, also called EGCG supplements. They are more expensive than the drink, and there might be side-effects which you wouldn’t have from drinking this brew. Some research also suggests that drinking this tea hot and fresh is the best way to get all the possible health benefits.

I won’t go on to bore you with a bunch of dry science facts justifying why you need to drink this. Needless to say, many people have benefited from this natural remedy, and scientists mostly agree that it’s a great treatment.

It’s obvisiouly not guaranteed to work, and it certainly won’t produce incredibly fast results. But worst case scenario, it doesn’t clear your pimples, but you do get healthier by drinking green tea!

As a last tip, all of this has been about drinking green tea to cure acne. You could also use it topically. The easiest way to do this is by drinking a fresh cup of green tea and when finished usning the tea bag on your face. If you want to take it a step futher, then cut the tea bag open, mix the wet tea leaves with some manuka honey and add this paste on the affected areas on your face. This way you get the health benefits of both drinking and applying it topically. You can use normal honey but manuka honey has been shown to hep with pimples due to it anti-inflammatory effects.

Spearmint Tea

Spearmint Tea Acne

Before researching this article, I can honestly say I never considered using mint tea to clear up acne. But apparently, this works! Spearmint has more anti-inflammatory power than any other mint tea, including peppermint tea, and is very good at destroying bacteria.

But before I recommend anything here, I always like some sort of scientific evidence to put my mind at ease. In a recent study conducted by the American Academy of Dermatology, the effectiveness of organic spearmint tea was compared to a prescription acne drug called minocycline. The results showed that the drug was most effective, but here’s the surprising fact. The spearmint tea (when drinking it twice daily, everyday for three months) was actually a close second, and had none of the side effects that the medication brought. So overall, and this really surprised me, the tea was a better alternative. In fact it reduced inflammatory acne lesions by over 50% over the test period of 3 months, with results being visible within a month. Impressive!

Many user reviews claim that spearmint tea is the best tea for hormonal acne, which tends to be stronger and deeper. The reason it works so well is that spearmint has a natural antiandrogenic effect. Anti-androgen therapy is used to treat skin conditions such as acne, and is used to counteract the effect of testosterone on the skin for women. So spearmint is a contender against drugs which act as androgen receptor blockers on the sebaceous gland, which produces the skin outbreaks by reducing sebum production. The bad news? Well, this would only work for women, as men won’t see the same results from drinking spearmint tea.

Just as with green tea, make sure you use high quality tea. Spend that little bit extra to ensure you retain all the natural chemicals, properties and nutrients. If you’re not sure which one to get, experiment with a mixture of different type of mint teas. But stick with spearmint if you’re suffering from hormonal acne (and you’re a woman).

Rooibos Tea

Rooibos Tea clear skin

This is another tea which shows a lot of promise. Green tea and spearmint tea are the top two contenders when it comes to tea for clear skin. But Rooibos (also known as red tea) is a close third and is used by many to get rid of spots.

Like many of the other herbal teas, it’s naturally free from caffeine and low in tannins. It’s also packed with nutrients and minerals, including zinc, which is known to clear up skin (there is some debate on this). Red tea also includes alpha hydroxy acid and can help cleanse the skin. It’s certainly worth a try, and it’s a very warming drink, so quite pleasant in the colder winter months.

There’s actually a tea out there specifically to clear up skin. It’s called Get Gorgeous Tea, which has organic Rooibos as its main ingredient, combined with other ingredients such as Hibiscus flower and Burdock root, which are also known to help clear up skin. Get Gorgeous Tea has positive user reviews, so I might order some and test it myself. So keep an eye out for this review. For now, most supermarkets or health stores sell rooibos tea on its own or combined with flavours to make it more pleasant.

Chamomile Tea


I personally love chamomile tea. It’s a little bit of an acquired taste, but it does grow on you. It’s know for its calming effects and has many health benefits. If you’re suffering from stress-induced acne, then chamomile tea might help you sleep better. It works particularly well for me personally with a short meditation (such as mindfulness).

But for those who are relaxed and still have bad skin, you’ll be pleased to know  chamomile tea has anti-inflammatory, which can help reduce inflammatory acne and calm the skin. I think if you’re going to start drinking tea to clear up skin, then chamomile should be one of the teas you try.

Other Teas?

Apart from herbal teas, black tea is gaining popularity. It’s confusing, as some people claim black tea causes skin outbreaks, while others claim black tea helps clear skin from pimples. So I’m not sure about this one. Some black tea however, once in a while, is unlikely to do any damage, but I wouldn’t bet on it clearing acne either.

The list of tea which are apparently good to clear spots is endless, but we definitely covered the main ones here. Ive heard of people seeing some good results with dandelion tea, stinging nettle tea and arrowroot tea for acne. Whether these work or not is difficult to say as there isn’t much evidence. There are however a few people out there who are reporting good results. So I wouldn’t bet on it, but if you like the taste, you might as well start drinking some different herbal teas.

One last one to include in this list, which I want to try, but haven’t got around to yet is turmeric tea. I’ve started including turmeric in food already, as it is a wonderful ingredient with incredible anti-inflammatory properties. There is plenty of scientific evidence on this as well, and other benefits include increased blood flow, and anti-inflamatory properties. Either start adding it to recipes (it’s a popular ingredients in asian foods – so if you eat lots of curries you might already be having it) or brew a cup of tea with some ground or fresh turmeric.

Conclusion – Should You Drink Herbal Tea For Acne?

Yes! Don’t get caught up in the reviews and science. Herbal teas are good for you, and good for your skin. You don’t even need to pick a specific one. Go out and buy some different teas, experiment which one you like the taste of most, and which teas help with your acne the most. It really all depends on your skin type, and different people will react differently. So don’t overthink all of this, and go have a cup right now!

While studies have shown it is effective, they are not always conclusive. It’s a good idea to try these herbal alternative treatments in conjunction with proven over the counter products such as Exposed Skin Care.