IM LITERALLY FREAKING OUT AS I AM TYPING THIS REVIEW GUYS. THIS STUFF IS A M A Z I N G
so my skin is extremelyyyy oily. it has been since i was 11 and to the point where even with powder im a grease ball within 2 hours. AND I am acne prone, but i eat very healthy (mostly fruits and veggies) and drink lots and lots of water, but im still really oily and get breakouts on my chin and forhead.
I drank 2 cups of some of this tea that my mom bought the other day.
the next day, most of my pimples were healing and i was happy. not sure if that had to do with the tea or not but still. when i got home from school that day i only had a little oil on my forehead, i was SHOCKED. usually all of my face is shiny and makeup is sliding around but this was amazing. :) i have been consistantly drinking the same tea for about a week now and my pores have gotten a bit smaller and my oil production has decreased dramatically. i am so impressed and i no longer get as bad of breakout around that time of the month;)
WE LOVE YOU TEA <3
btw it was green tea with mint and spearmint in it so that's what i drink (ive also heard good things about green tea too) continued >>
Hey ladies! If you've seen my other reviews, you've seen my mostly home-remedy attempts to combat the woes of sensitive, hormonal acne-prone skin. Trying to reduce breakouts, redness, swelling, and red marks after the fact is unfortunately usually a losing battle. Fortunately, I believe that mint tea is one of the few effective tools to fight hormonal acne at the cause!
I first discovered this tea accidentally last summer. I was making batches of peppermint and green tea (which I've always drank) and cooling it for a nice refreshing drink. Well that summer I was feeling my best ever. My skin magically cleared up- and was actually glowing. My sex drive was great, as were my moods. The only time I remember having nearly clear skin was on Yaz, which my insurance stopped covering. I figured the improvement was due to eating a healthier diet! I never considered mint tea was good for anything. So I stopped drinking it eventually, and all things went back to normal, even as I continued that healthy diet.
I kept trying to figure out what the heck made me feel so great, when I remembered this tea. So I looked it up and there it was! Mint tea lowers testosterone- which apparently birth controls such as Yaz do, explaining my similar experiences with each. Testosterone is a type of androgen; androgens can over-stimulate sebaceous glands, leading to extra oil production and clogged pores= dreaded acne. There's a lot of information and clinical research available online, so if you're interested you should not just take my word for it but check it out for yourself!
I say mint or peppermint tea because I've read that both spearmint and peppermint can have these effects, and read different accounts that one works more effectively than the other- so I drink Mint Medley tea which contains both. Plus, I just prefer peppermint taste to plain spearmint (which I don't really like or feel great drinking). I had these great effects first with peppermint tea- so if you're cautious of the spearmint because of others' reactions, I suggest giving peppermint a try.
If you think your acne is hormonal, this may not be the answer, as it doesn't balance all hormones, just lowers testosterone. Depending on your age as a female, your hormonal imbalance could be caused by excessive estrogen, which may be worsened by this tea.
For personal info, my skin is fair, sensitive, and prone to whiteheads in the chin/mouth area, along with the occasional deep blemish along the jawline. Pretty mild but persistent and leaves red marks easily. Lately it got 10x worse after going vegan, so about 2/3 weeks ago I started eating fish/meat again along with this tea and now my skin is 95% perfect. It's not due to the meat because before vegan I was eating meat and dairy and not lookin so hot either. I can't believe how much my skin has turned around in the last month! Went from full blown moderate painful acne all over face (in places I never usually break out) to looking like I have healthy skin with a touch of concealer. Another product that helped tremendously- neutrogena stress scrub! (I usually only use natural remedies but this product is stellar, check my review for that too).
All hormones aside, this tea is great for drinking after meals to aid digestion and settle the stomach.
I'll review again in a couple weeks to update on this tea's effectiveness for me. I just had a period though and looked great even then, so I have high hopes.
Hope this helps!
Edit 4/26: I've been pretty good about drinking my mint tea (not always everyday or at the same time) but my results have declined. I think this can work and there is evidence to support it, but for me/my hormones, I think I need something stronger and more reliable, and therefore reduced from 5 lippies to 3. I'm trying saw palmetto now and will update with results in a month. Good luck!
I drink spearmint tea daily, along with plenty of water. I drink it do to
hairy face by nature, I have always had facial hair, but not until
two years ago did it get so bad that i almost gave up. I am not that type,
so I went on the hunt, I must say I did have problems with headaches
from the tea at first, now it has reduced. I have seen a dramatic
difference in the facial hair, and I also take B6 to help. The only
time I see hair like before is when my cycle is about to come.
ONCE a month vs. every freakin day. I usually sip on two cups
throughout the day, my cycles have not changed, the tea has
helped, I would say 78% with my face. Also it took about 3 weeks
for me to see results, and that is drinking everyday.
I tried this because I went on and then off of prednisone and the steroid messed up my hormones and caused hormonal acne. I tried drinking two to three strong cups a day. I think it may have helped the acne but it also made me feel really sick. Nauseous and intestinal issues as well as feeling really fatigued. So sick that as bad as I wanted my acne gone I stopped drinking it. I gave this a 2 instead of a 1 because i think it did something and maybe in some people in smalller doses it could be effective but I urge you to be careful when using this. It sounds like the most harmless thing in the world, but if you are drinking more than one strong cup of this a day it could potentially make you feel really, really awful. If you are trying to balance your hormones with it because of health issues I recommend doing it under a doctor's guidance.
I was told that drinking spearmint tea helped women (who were going through menopause or after having a hysterectomy) by reducing the amount of androgen/testosterone your body makes. Thus it helps reduce symptoms caused by too much androgen/testosterone such as: Facial hair growth, vaginal dryness, joint aches, etc. I am surprised that it is recommended to women who are still having menstrual cycles. My ob/gyn told me to drink three cups a day (one after each meal and to add honey to it - which would also cut down my craving for sweets).
I bought Bigelow spearmint tea in an attempt to help regulate my very heavy and irregular periods and help with hormonal acne around my chin and jawline. I've tried drinking it 2 times a day for two separate weeks. First time I tried it I noticed my stomach felt nauseous and I felt kind of sick. I thought I was getting ill and the tea was upsetting my stomach even worse so I stopped drinking it. A few months later I noticed it in the pantry and decided to try it again. Just like before I felt sick to my stomach after drinking it, I got headaches,and I felt really run down. I know it isn't a coincidence. Also both times I drank it my next period was really heavy. Maybe my body is too sensitive to it but in my experience I wouldn't recommend it.
Iíve been drinking spearmint tea for about three months now in an attempt to reduce my androgen-related acne. I drink a cup twice a day. Some people restrict their drinking to a certain portion of their cycle only; I havenít tried that.
No hormonal acne! In other words, no cysts on the chin. Skin significantly less oily and shiny. Iím back to blotting only once a day at work and can sometimes get away without wearing powder on a night out.
Iíve heard other people complain that spearmint tea makes their periods irregular. Well, mine were irregular to start off with and this has regulated them somewhat. I canít say anything definite about it causing a change in PMS because so far my PMS has been completely different every month, just like normal.
Spearmint tea acts much like peppermint tea in that it soothes the stomach and aids digestion, but it also relaxes the sphincter muscle that prevents acid reflux, so if you suffer from acid reflux this may make things worse. I do already have problems with excess stomach acid and donít think mineís any worse than normal now Iím drinking the tea regularly.
You need to get the dosage right and that will probably take some experimentation. When Iíve got it too low I start getting spots on my chin; when itís too high I feel sick and get bad headaches that start in my shoulders.
Personally I havenít been too careful or precise about my doses. I always make sure I have two strong cups a day but often I forget the morning one and have two at night instead and it doesnít seem to cause much a of a problem. Ideally I guess I would measure out the exact amount of tea, use the same size cup every time and time the length it brews. Frankly Iím too lazy to do any of this and most of the time I get it close enough just by eyeballing it and letting it brew about 5 minutes.
What type of tea to buy:
If youíre trying to use this to control your hormones or breakouts, I recommend avoiding buying a version containing green tea. Green tea seems to cause breakouts for some people (and certainly does for me).
Iím in the UK and buy mine loose-leaf from the Tea Palace in Covent Garden, London. Itís delicious and completely different from the Palanquin bagged stuff, which I found online on a couple of Indian websites. Loose-leaf allows you to control the quantity you use but is more expensive than bagged.
If you know androgens are the cause of your problem, this may be worth a try. Just be aware that you may have to experiment for a while to get the dosage right for you.
Well I have had a weird experience with drinking mint tea daily. I initially drank it to try and control hormonal acne, which I felt it did control any large breakouts I may have had. Why I have stopped drinking it is because I feel like I am on birth control pills. And I HATE birth control pills. I have gained weight, have increased hunger, am moody, feel swollen all the time, feel tired all the time, etc. I have never done well with BCP. Some people do fine with them, I am not one of those people. So, after two months of consistently drinking this tea, the only comparison I have is the way I feel when on BCP. I eat really healthily; fruits, veggies, whole grains, no meat, no dairy, good supplements... and I am usually really lean. But I am totally curvy right now. Some may like that side effect; bigger boobs, rounder butt; but I don't. I may be the bizarro case that has had this side effect of drinking mint tea, but research shows that is reduces androgens and increases estrogen (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17310494?dopt=AbstractPlus). So if you are sensitive to estrogen (like me apparently), just listen to your body. I even read that people use mint tea for digestive and weight loss reasons so it must be working for people differently than it has worked for me so I won't say "don't drink this", I love natural remedies and believe in healing from the inside out. This works for many, but just be aware if you feel funny like I have that it may be the tea. Buenas suerte..
Excellent on my hormonal acne! I was getting at least 3 extremely sore cysts filled with pus every single day. They would be underneath the skin and feel like the center of a bruise. I drink 2 bags in the morn 1-2 at night and viola! No more acne!!!!
Now does anyone have any sucess with it stopping androgen related hair loss? It still hadn't slowed my hair thinning down. Sigh. Taking it 1 month and 1 week so far.
I've been trying this at different times in different amounts for about 6 months and what really works for me is 2 cups a day every day all through the cycle. It doesn't affect my cycle (unlike drinking it day 1-14) and it really cuts down the hormonal acne. I still get some darkening of old scars as I would normally in PMS time, but that's easily covered by makeup.
Just get into the habit of having a cup first thing in the morning and one in the evening - it's no hassle at all and it works for me!