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Can You Get Rid of Acne Once and For All with the Rooibos Tea Acne Remedy?

Although the United States is primarily a coffee-focused culture, there is no discounting the fact that tea has a number of impressive health benefits. In the most recent years, green tea has received its share of praise in the health world for its high antioxidant content that has the potential to reduce the risk of disease and even prevent premature aging in the skin. Today, the latest tea in the health world to gain popularity is rooibos tea, and many fans of the drink claim it can actually treat acne and clear up your skin.

If you are hoping to naturally treat your acne, there is no ignoring the power of antioxidants, which will neutralize free radical damage underneath the surface of your skin to stop wrinkles and protect your complexion from harmful sun damage that could result in skin cancer. But does a tea containing antioxidants have the power to naturally treat your acne?

Rooibos Tea Acne Treatment Benefits

Rooibos tea, also called Red Bush tea, is popularly enjoyed in South Africa, and it has also received recent attention as a potential treatment for acne. Rooibos tea actually gets its name because the leaves of the plant turn red instead of green when they are oxidized. [1]

Many tea drinkers also prefer rooibos tea to commonly enjoyed green tea since it is considered more flavorful in comparison. Still, besides the delicious flavor of the tea, it is actually full of its own share of health benefits, such as:

  • Contains polyphenols that provide antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-carcinogenic protection.
  • Naturally caffeine-free.
  • Contains calcium, fluoride, and magnesium to support bone health.
  • Can alleviate stomach cramps or digestive issues.
  • Contains zinc and alpha hydroxy acid to benefit the health of the skin and alleviate sunburns.
  • Full of minerals and vitamins like copper, calcium, zinc, manganese, potassium, and magnesium.

As you can see, rooibos tea is loaded with beneficial vitamins and minerals that will improve the health of your body and your skin, but how does it measure up as a standalone acne treatment?

Check out what a few acne sufferers had to say about rooibos acne remedies from the acne.org forums:

I have that tea too and really like it! It’s hard for me to tell if it has an effect on my acne because I don’t drink it every day and I’m doing so many other things, but anyway they do sell it at whole foods, that’s where i got it.

My diet has not changed since I started drinking this tea. I have IBS (fruits and veggies are brutal to my GI) and am Lactose Intolerant so my diet is fairly limited. I try to eat foods with a low glycemix index and lots of fiber/grains. I’m a salt addict so I eat sugar rarely. I eat meat and chicken. Don’t get me wrong, i occasionally splurge on some deep fried food but for the most part I try to eat healthy.

Rooibos is from South Africa. My hubby is from South Africa. I have been drinking it for years! I love it. My sister in law in Cape Town, where it is grown, sends it to us when I request it. It is tons cheaper for her to send it to me than to buy it here. Otherwise my in-laws and my hubby and I pick some up when we go back. Not only is it good for you internally, if you make a toner out of it you can get benefits as well. It contains AHA. It is also good for allergies, colic, nausea, tummy troubles, etc. I have IBS as well and find it extremely soothing. It has no caffeine and is pregnancy safe. It also contains way more antioxidants than green tea!

Obviously, several acne sufferers from the forums had a good experience drinking rooibos tea, but you can also clearly see that many of these same acne sufferers made healthy changes to their diet at the same time.

What I must point out to you is that you can’t have one without the other. While a rooibos acne treatment may provide your body with healthy antioxidants that protect your skin from external damage and potentially minimize inflammation, it is much more effective to take a good hard look at your diet to see what foods you may be eating that are triggering acne and inflammation in the first place.

A rooibos acne treatment can definitely be beneficial as a supplement to a healthy diet but not as a substitute for eating healthy and balanced foods. Many people don’t realize that acne is triggered directly by an overload of toxins in the body, which comes from harmful chemicals, preservatives, and unhealthy fats found in the everyday foods we eat.

No matter how many healthy teas that you drink or supplements that you take each day, you will not have any chance of clearing up your skin if you don’t first stop the source of the toxic overload that is causing acne in your complexion.

What this means is that drinking a tea like rooibos can definitely provide some health benefits to your body and potentially your skin, but if you keep up the same poor dietary habits, the toxins in your body will continue to contaminate your skin and result in acne outbreaks. I would encourage you to get rid of your acne for good by cleaning up your diet as the most effective method to treat acne at its source!

Sources:

  1. 7 Health Benefits of Rooibos Tea (aka Red Bush).“ Natural Health Remedies. Web. 17 Jan. 2011. <http://naturalhealthremedies.org/7-health-benefits-of-rooibos-tea-aka-red-bush/>.

About the Author: Bethany Ramos is an aesthetician and makeup artist with a special interest in using nutrition to heal and alleviate a number of conditions in the skin. You can find out more skin care and makeup tips by visiting her blog at FacebyBethany.

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