Green Tea For Acne: Get The Best Benefits For Your Skin

Acne is one of the most persistent and annoying problems that we face as teenagers. Unfortunately, it sometimes stretches into our adult years.

I’ve suffered from acne rosacea for many years, and I’ve tried many medicines and over-the-counter remedies to help cure my acne problem.

Recently, someone told me about the benefits of green tea for acne, and I decided to try it as a last resort.

After doing some research, I learned about the benefits of green tea for skin acne.

Drinking green tea is good for your overall health, and that includes your skin.

Skin products that include green tea extract in their formulas reduce inflammation connected to breakouts.

Since the green tea extract found in topical acne medications and creams is being applied directly to your skin, the best way of using green tea for acne is in these products.

Whilst drinking green tea can be helpful, if you want to tackle the problem head on, go for a specifically designed creamed. 

The following are the five best acne products that contain green tea.

Murad Acne Clarifying Cleanser, Step 1 Cleanse Tone, 6.75 fl oz

This product is a facial soap, but you can use it on your body if you want if you have body acne.

I wanted to try this product because it included green tea for acne treatment and skin conditioning.

I tried this product for one week, washing my face with it at night before I went to bed.

The green tea is very soothing, and I found that it did help with my breakouts. You can smell the green tea in it when you use it.

I noticed a difference after a few days, but then I noticed that my face got very dry.

I've had this result with other cleansers that contain salicylic acid.

Murad would be a good product for people who have acne problems but not for people who have sensitive skin.

Perfect Image Salicylic Deep Gel Exfoliating Cleanser

Perfect Image Salicylic Deep Gel Exfoliating Cleanser – Enhancing with Tea Tree Oil and Green Tea Extract (Professional) – Peel Prep

You can use this product as a treatment for your skin before a chemical peel, or you can use it daily to maintain your skin after a peel, or just as a daily cleanser.

I decided to try it as a daily cleanser for my face.

The green tea helped sooth my skin and eliminate the redness that I have with my acne.

Like the Murad product, the salicylic acid did dry out my skin, but this product didn't dry out my skin as much.

There are other all-natural elements in the product besides green tea, such as tea tree oil and chamomile, which I think made a difference to the condition of my skin.

Belli Anti-Blemish Facial Wash 

Belli Anti-Blemish Facial Wash – Cleanse Acne-Prone Skin – OBGYN and Dermatologist Recommended – 6.5 oz

Belli is an acne cleanser that doesn’t have salicylic acid in it.

It’s made for pregnant mothers who can't use harsh acne cleansers while they’re pregnant and breastfeeding.

With my sensitive skin, that was enough to get me to use it. I was genuinely surprised at how well it worked.

The combination of lactic acid, green tea, and cucumber extract was strong enough to treat my acne but gentle on my skin.

This cleanser can also be left on for a few minutes and double up as a mask.

Glam Essentials Hello Cutie Blackhead Removal Mask

Glam Essentials Hello Cutie Blackhead Removal Mask All Natural Aloe Base Made with Activated Charcoal

Even though this was a charcoal mask, green tea was one of the main ingredients, so I decided to try this one.

The mask applied very smoothly, and I didn’t need a thick layer, like most other charcoal masks.

It was very soothing, and there was no burning or irritation as it dried.

I could see an improvement in my skin once I rinsed it off.

Some of my breakouts cleared, and the redness and irritation of my skin were gone.

My skin even felt smoother. The combination of aloe and green tea did wonders for my skin.

Planet Eden 30% Salicylic Acid Skin Peel 

Planet Eden 30% Salicylic Acid Skin Peel with Tea Tree Oil and Green Tea Extract (with Free Fan Brush)

I was very uncertain if I wanted to try this product because it was a skin peel.

Having 30% salicylic acid is a very high concentration, especially for a chemical that irritated my skin.

Still, it contained tea tree oil, lactic acid, and green tea extract, which were all ingredients in the other products that I had tried that hadn’t dried out my skin.

Still, against my judgement, I used it. It burned a little when I applied it, but that’s normal.

My skin began peeling almost immediately. Despite the nastiness of my skin peeling, the result was fantastic.

Apparently, a lot of my rosacea was scarring! I could see a fresh layer of my skin underneath.

Also, the first time I went outside, I got sunburned because my skin was so sensitive from the peel, so that’s something to watch out for if you’re going to use the product.


In using green tea for my acne problems, I found that with these five products, it wasn't only the presence of green tea that helped with my skin, but the presence of other soothing elements too.

I have very sensitive skin, so the salicylic acid in most of these products was extra-irritating. However, the green tea worked wonders for my acne.

I especially liked the Belli product because it worked well and there was no salicylic acid in it at all.

After using all five products, my skin is clear, and my breakouts are less intense.

Now that I know there are other options to treat my problem skin, I’ll never use another harsh chemical on my face again.

About the author

Nina T

Hi I'm Nina, a mother of one and proud contributor to Growing up I always enjoyed learning about my body and how I can live out a more healthy, wholesome and fulfilling life. I am super excited to be a contributor to as I can now channel my passions into helping educate others.

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