By: C.C. Clark
When it comes to getting rid of acne, I’ve tried everything in the book. Cutting out refined sugars, a plethora of topical medicines with ingredients I can't pronounce, face washes and the most skin-friendly makeup on the market. And that’s not to mention the ungodly amount of water I drink. But when it comes down to it, nothing really works.
So when my mom called me the other day to tell me about an article she read where a girl swore by mint tea as her only cure for acne? I thought it was hokey. But I figured, what’s the harm in trying it out? Mint tea is delicious anyway. I began drinking three cups every night. And do you want to know what’s wild? It worked. Mint tea helped control my acne - more so than any chemical I was slathering on my face or any low carb diet I might venture on.
I should start off by mentioning that the type of acne I have is hormonal (acne that occurs primarily around the mouth and chin). Hormonal acne is typically caused by fluctuations in regular hormone levels, especially rises in testosterone. Most women experience some sort of hormone imbalance around their periods, but some of us experience fluctuations in hormone levels on a more consistent basis - when our bodies produce too little or two much of a certain hormone. Whether we acknowledge it or not, our hormones have a massive control over our health and quality of life. Take a look at this laundry list: hormonal imbalances don’t just cause skin problems - they can also result in mood swings, insomnia, fatigue, headaches, abnormal periods, decreased libido, weaker bones and muscles, and fertility issues.
So, how does mint tea help reduce acne? Spearmint tea, in particular, helps with hormone imbalance. It has anti-androgen properties which regulate the amount of testosterone that your body releases, therefore regulating your hormonal acne. It’s important to note that there are no studies directly linking spearmint tea with a decrease in hormonal acne. However, studies have demonstrated that spearmint tea’s anti-androgen effects can help relieve the symptoms of women who suffer from polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), which is caused by abnormally high levels of androgens. With the evidence presented in this study, it makes sense that spearmint tea would help with any hormonal issues linked to the production of excessive amounts of androgens.
Mint tea... the best acne treatment around?
I can’t wrap this article up without mentioning the other great things that can happen as a result of drinking spearmint tea. It can soothe stomach aches and the symptoms of IBS. It can help with your memory and brain function. It has several anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and antioxidant properties. And last but not least, it’s a yummy, calming, and in my experience, fun addition to your nighttime ritual.
Now, I’m no dermatologist, and by no means has drinking mint tea made my acne disappear, but it has seriously limited the intensity of my breakouts. And that’s worked for me, so I say give it a try--maybe it will work for you too!