Drinking a mug of spearmint tea as a hormonal acne remedy sounds too good to be true, right? Well, there is some promising research to support that daily consumption of spearmint tea might help curb androgen-related acne.
Hormonal acne is arguably the most infuriating type of acne because the root cause is an internal issue (versus a topical issue of either bacteria or oil.
Most commonly, hormonal acne is caused by having higher than normal androgen levels, or during fluctuation hormonal states like menstruation.
If your acne is hormone-related, spearmint tea might help treat it thanks to its anti-androgen properties.
Let’s consult the research, and answer the question “Can spearmint tea help clear your acne?”
Spearmint tea, also known as Mentha spicata, can be found in most people’s tea stash, but this simple and unsuspecting herbal tea can pack a lot of benefits.
Acne is very much associated with androgens such as testosterone. A recent study found that out of 207 female participants with acne, 72% had increased levels of androgens.
High levels of androgens can cause excess sebum, colonization of acne-causing bacteria, and may disrupt the skin shedding process.
Which is a recipe for acne.
Spearmint tea might help reduce acne in those with testosterone-driven acne by reducing levels of excess androgens. Spearmint tea might also help fight acne-causing bacteria.
If your acne is not related to excess androgens, it’s not likely spearmint tea can help. You might be better suited for prescription retinoid treatments.
READ MORE: Does Tretinoin Work For Acne?
If you’ve consistently tried everything over the counter for your acne, and you still deal with deep and sore acne breakouts -- it’s possible that it’s related to hormones.
While the anti-androgen properties of spearmint tea are nowhere near as effective or reliable as prescription anti-androgens, this alternative route might be a good option for some.
If you are currently taking anti-androgen medications such as Spironolactone, speak with your doctor before trying spearmint.
In clinical research, those who experienced a significant decrease in testosterone levels drank 2 cups of spearmint tea for 30 consecutive days.
To try, steep spearmint tea for 5-10 minutes and consume twice a day. If you enjoy iced tea more, make a big spearmint batch and pour it over ice.
Make sure the tea is not peppermint tea, or a blend of various mints. Try to find organic spearmint tea to enjoy the benefits.
When it comes to over-the-counter treatments, if you’ve tried it all -- it might be time to bring in the big guns.
Here at Strut Health, our prescription acne treatment utilizes the power of Tretinoin and topical antibiotic Clindamycin.
While these treatments will not treat a hormonal issue, they can help combat the skin problems that high levels of androgens can cause.
Treating the root cause while also treating topically is the way to go when it comes to hormonal acne.
If you’d like to try prescription acne treatment, simply complete a questionnaire-based online doctor's consultation to see if our treatments are right for you. If our doctors find this is a good fit for you, we’ll ship your prescription to your doorstep.