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(Read part 1 of the series here.)

Green tea is a natural remedy for acne and super for all around health.  For the purposes of this series, the catechins in green tea works to balance acne-producing hormones in the body.  I have just started drinking green tea consistently (the past couple of days or so), and I will write some updates when I start to notice some change.

Also, green tea has a shelf life of about 2-3 months, so please give yourself the freedom to toss the old boxes that have been in your pantry for 4 years and buy some fresh stuff.  It will be worth it.

While you’re re-stocking your green tea supply, see if you can track down some matcha.  Matcha is a kind of Japanese green tea that is supposed to contain a ton more of the polyphenol EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate) than regular green tea.  This is because matcha is made from finely powdered tea leaves, so you are drinking the entire leaf.  EGCG helps to activate and renew skin cells, so whatever your skin needs are, this stuff will help.

(In photo: genmai matcha tea, which is matcha tea and toasted rice)

*In traditional Chinese medicine, green tea is mixed with honeysuckle to make a tea for the treatment of acne.  You can buy honeysuckle here.

*Drink 2-3 cups of green tea each day. Preferably organic.

*You can also apply warm green tea bags or cotton balls soaked in warm green tea directly to the skin.  Press gently onto the skin, and do not rinse off.  Your skin will absorb a good dose of antioxidants and brightening caffeine directly from the tea.

*Mix a small amount of matcha powder with water to make a paste and apply it to problem areas overnight. You can also mix matcha powder with a little extra virgin olive oil, jojoba oil, or grapeseed oil to make a gentle exfoliating cleanser or leave on the skin for 10 minutes as a mask.  You can add some licorice root powder (just gently break open capsules of licorice root) for extra soothing and skin brightening effects.

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