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!
This really works. I have hormonal oily skin with whiteheads that pop up over night on the sides of my nose and chin even with being diligent with benzoyl peroxide and BHA's. I hate it! The only thing that ever worked for me was going on birth control pills and to me, it was not a strong enough reason to stay on them. I've been drinking spearmint tea(bigelow) for over a week now..no more whiteheads and much less oil. It's amazing. This stuff really works and to boot, you get nice breath from it :). I've been drinking 3 cups a day..will need to stock up on this stuff!
Well, after all the comments about how spearmint tea is a savior for hormonal acne, I figured what the hell, why not give it a try. I was somewhat scared to try because of all the horror stories that it ruined menstrual cycles and made acne worse in some occasions. But I began with limited use, using twice a day, for 5 days in days 1-5 of my menstrual cycle. Then I increased to 10 days, days 1-10 of my menstrual cycle. I think by the end I was using this 2 weeks out of the month. It didn't work, and I think it might have made my migraines worse. It's possible you need to use it daily for it to have a full effect, and 3-4 times a day at that, but I'm just not willing to risk messing up my cycle, and I doubt it would help my acne anyway. It's also very expensive to buy spearmint tea in my area, as it's not so common.
I was hoping that this would help the hormonal cysts that crept up on me after I got off of BCP. I started with the 2 cups/day, but I had to stop after a couple of days because I was getting terrible headaches, and just felt run-down in general. I felt like I had flu-like symptoms! Feeling horrible all the time was not worth getting rid of a few blemishes. If you do a board search on the MUA Skincare Board, you'll find that many other users had the same misfortune of the tea causing headaches. Some even compared their headaches to migranes.
I then tried Vitex supplements instead, with 100% better results. One simple supplement taken per day, no side effects (IME), and no cysts.
This tea is truly amazing!! I read about it here on the skincare board and figured anything is worth a try!! I've been drinking it every single day a little over a month and while I can't say if there's an improvement in my skin as of yet there is a huge difference in my periods! They're usually very painful with lots of cramping. That has since gone down by at least 90%!! That alone is enough of a reason to keep it up! I'll definitely update in a few more months time to let you know if I see an improvement in my skin as well!
I have also been drinking spearmint tea twice a day for over 3 months. My skin which usually has acne breakouts every month is clear. My period was two weeks late the first month I tried it, one time the second month, now I am late again this month. Anyone else with late periods. It is helping my skin so I don't want to stop. Maybe it is trying to balance my hormones. Anyway very happy.
Ok, I think this is working! hallelujah! I have been drinking 2-4 strong cups a day for about 2 weeks. I got through that time of the month with just one minor zit, and that when I started drinking it. Since then my skin has been clear. This is amazing since for the past 6 months nothing has been working for me, its like I got used to my skin care. I don't want to jinx it, and I may be reviewing it a bit too soon, but I will update after this month is through. BTW I like the taste of it, I drink the Yogi Green tea with mint (2nd ingredient is Spearmint) and I also drink the Natural Medicinals Organic Spearmint. So one for the morning, and then the decaf version at night :) Also great iced, very refreshing since it;s summer.
Ok, so I drank a cup of this tea every now and then when I first found out about its anti-androgenic properties online...But when summer started, I decided to go all out and try it to a full extent. Every day this past month, I drank two cups of organic spearmint tea. This was done for a full 4 weeks. It did help my acne a bit, but I completely stopped drinking the tea one week ago...Why, you ask?? My period is two weeks late and I'm pretty sure this is the cause...Since stopping the tea, my skin hasn't been as manageable as it was before, ESPECIALLY since my period is late. I really wish I never randomly decided to take this tea the way I did because of how it's affecting my cycle. I went back and did some more online research and apparently, you're only supposed to drink this tea during the follicular phase of your cycle (the first half of your cycle) so that you get the skin benefits and yet you don't affect your period....Ugh, I wish I had known that sooner...
This is working!!!! This month has been the busiest and most stressful probably of my whole life. I had my TOTM last week and made it through without any major breakouts. I can't remember the last time this happened, maybe over ten years ago. I've been drinking two cups of bigelow mint medley a day. I also love the way it tastes and that the peppermint helps with digestion.
Please see below links for scientific research regarding spearmint tea and the regulation of hormones. It has research showing excellent results for those with PCOS as well. Researchers also say women who suffer from excessive hair growth (hirsutism) may be helped by drinking spearmint tea.
I have been drinking 3-6 cups (tea bags) of spearmint tea daily for the past 3 months, and my hormonal acne has completely disappeared, really, it's non existent!! I was on Minocycline for a while, and the spearmint tea has done more for my acne than the Minocycline ever did. I believe it is a natural alternative to Spiro and BCP too. My favorite is Bigelow Plantation Mint and Celestial Seasonings Mint Magic, but any tea with spearmint being the 1st or 2nd ingredient is fine. Traditional Medicinals and NOW brands both make a pure spearmint tea, but they are not as tasty in my opinion. It truly has been my *miracle* product for hormonal acne, and I am thrilled with the results! I have noticed that my PMS symptoms have decreased, and my periods have actually become lighter as well as an added benefit! Thanks to MUAer leslieal for adding this category!!!
*Please do not combine Spearmint Tea if you are already using Spiro or some other form of hormone therapy. This is meant to be used INSTEAD of these other options* Some on the SC Board have mentioned side effects such as headaches, cramping, heavier periods or late periods and breast tenderness.