There's no denying we're product junkies, but when it comes to acne, we'd rather take more of a holistic approach than hoard spot treatments and cleansers. Especially for those of us who fall victim to the drying and burning side effects of pimple potions, addressing the situation internally makes for less stress on the skin (and in general).
So, when we recently learned that spearmint tea is acne's foe (more on that to come), we decided to research some other ways to sip our way to a clearer complexion, sans skin care products (but we delve into that later too since it is important to maintain a skin care regimen). Truth be told, there are lots of teas ahead (tea is the Magic Eraser of pimples if you weren’t aware!), but we've included a few other tasty libations to quench your thirst—for a smoother complexion, that is.
Take a look at the best anti-blemish beverages below!
- Matcha Tea
Along with a bevy of other incredible health benefits, this trendy drink is chock-full of antioxidants, including EGCG, to help counteract the sebum oxidation that occurs before acne forms. Ingesting antioxidants also help to reduce signs of inflammation from the inside out, and, given that matcha has 137 times more antioxidants than plain old green tea, you can rest assured you're getting a hefty dose with each drink!
- Turmeric Tea
Curcumin, a component of the spice turmeric, is widely known for its anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antioxidant, and antifungal properties. It's been used for medicinal purposes to heal a wide range of internal and external maladies and conditions. While today, turmeric is a popular DIY mask ingredient, you can also add one teaspoon to hot water to drink as a tea for similar acne-healing benefits!
The gut is greatly connected to your skin health, which is why ingesting probiotics from sources like kefir is good for counteracting bad bacteria and reducing inflammation. The protein lactoferrin gives kefir extra blemish-fighting power. In one study, participants who drank fermented milk with 200 milligrams of lactoferrin daily saw an almost 39 percent decrease in inflammatory acne lesions over 12 weeks.
- Spearmint Tea
We learned that drinking two cups of organic spearmint tea daily reduces inflammatory acne lesions by 25 percent after one month and by 51 percent after three months—which is even more effective than prescription remedies! Amazing, right? (We were shocked too!) Give it a try and you’ll see be met with impressive results (bright skin, far fewer breakouts, and reduced redness).
- Organic Tart Cherry Juice
Don't reach for the cherry juice cocktail loaded with sugar from the grocery store—in order to get the best skin benefits of this beverage, sip on the real thing. While tart cherry juice may be tough on the palette, it's packed with antioxidants and vitamins A, B, C, and D, and helps balance your skin's pH. It's also anti-inflammatory and even has melatonin, which is a great sleep aid! Is this a miracle drink, or what?
Wild Naturals Skin Care
While discovering the right teas for a more natural take on tackling acne, you can’t forget your skin care. Making sure to wash your face morning and night, while reducing breakouts and avoiding acne scarring can all be very tricky – if you don’t have the right products. Head over to the Wild Naturals online store and discover how our key ingredients of manuka honey, shea butter, coconut oil, and aloe vera can also naturally prevent, heal, and repair acne-prone skin!
Happy shopping (while you sip your tea of choice)!