Seriously: Drinking This Twice a Day Cleared My Acne


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I'm a bit of an acne treatment aficionado. In high school and college, I tried prescription pills and topical treatments, OTC creams, pads, cleansers—you name it, I've probably tried it. One time, in a moment of desperation, I bought these little medicated circular stickers that you place on your pimples to make them "disappear." (Spoiler: They didn't work, and I looked like a ladybug.)

Fast-forward a few years, and my skin has cleared up dramatically (which I attribute to a better diet, better skincare regimen, and a shift in hormones). But while most of my pimple problems have vanished, my willingness to be a guinea pig for different acne treatments hasn't. I still get the occasional breakout and have these annoying little bumps in my T-zone, so when Carl Thornfeldt, MD, founder of Epionce skincare, told me that drinking two cups of spearmint tea every day was more effective at clearing acne than prescription remedies, I couldn't grab my mug fast enough.

Thornfeldt notes that using mint to treat acne isn't something new, but spearmint has been gaining well-deserved praise: "It has been documented that spearmint is the most potent of the different mints in killing skin disease-causing bacteria and yeasts. In additional, spearmint has the most anti-inflammatory activity of the mint varieties."

He adds that in a 2015 study by the American Academy of Dermatology, two cups of organic spearmint tea ingested daily reduced inflammatory acne lesions by 25% after one month and by 51% after three months. "When compared with 100 milligrams of prescription minocycline [Ed note: a prescription acne oral medication] taken once daily, after three months of use, minocycline reduced the number of acne lesions by 52%, but it caused side effects in about 20% of the patients. Spearmint tea induced no side effects," Thornfeldt says. I decided to put the herbal remedy to the test.

Tea time, anyone?

Would you give this holistic remedy a try? (I highly recommend it!) Sound off below.

This post was originally published on May 24, 2016.