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Green Tea (Decaf) Causing Breakout - Go Figure!

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On my quest for good nutrition I added quality organic green tea (decaf) to my diet last week and next day got 1-2 inflammed whiteheads. Thought it was a fluke. Kept on drinking the decaf green tea (2 cups/day) thinking how healthy I was being and each day woke up to several more inflammed whiteheads...very surface things but still inflammed with a bit of pus (sorry). Today woke up to 4 and oily skin. I've been clear for months and months now...this was the only change. Then I remembered I cut out green tea years and years ago but couldn't recall why. Think I remember now!

Just thought I'd share in case anyone else may have this reaction --- which goes against almost all info on net about green tea. Looked back through this site for any similar experiences and came across old thread about this.

I am incredibly sensitive to caffeine and hormones so it could be that even this so-called decaf has eneough caffeine to be an issue. And supposedly there are some studies somewhere indicating that green tea can increase DHT. Too tired to track down right now but will eventually.


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If you're doing it for the antioxidants, I suggest you try Hibiscus tea :)

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Yes --- I like hibiscus tea, especially during the summer months when I make an iced tea from it. My usual daily tea is organic roasted dandelion root...tastes like rich coffee but of course no caffeine because it's herbal and it's good for liver function.

I cut out the green decaf tea yesterday and this morning had clear skin. This may have been a rosacea reaction. I have papular-pusticular (P&P) rosacea in addition to acne so it's sometimes hard to tell what is what, except the rosacea seems more superficial with small itchy bright red flat lesions. They usually clear up in a day or so whereas acne lingers and is often deeper. So like I say this may have been a rosacea reaction. There are many food triggers with rosacea which include caffeine.

My skin has basically been clear for so long (over a year) that this kind of reaction throws me for a loop. Until I remember that I have rosacea too and it's very fickle. When I read posts from people reacting to food I think what they may really be suffering with is P&P rosacea. They may not get the usual rosaea red facial flushing but only the P&P reaction...the flushing may be so mild as not to be noticed. This is what I have --- I am often aware of a tingling in my facial skin that seems like a "flush" without obvious redness. But then after this flushing...if it lasts long eneough...I get the rosacea lesions.


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Yep, green tea breaks me out too. I like drinking cinnamon tea :)

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Strange isn't it? Especially since it's supposed to be so good for you! Found out more info about green tea that may explain the breakouts. Green tea is high in histamines which can inflame both rosacea and acne! Oh well. Interesting to look at charts on high histamine foods...many of them cause me rosacea flare-ups, breakouts and/or gastric problems such as tomatoes, vinegar, alcohol, etc. Interesting...


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Night - Panoxyl 4% Cleanser, DML Lotion

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Try nettle tea. Chamomile in the evening.


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Thank you! I've heard good things about nettle tea and will try it. I love camomile tea and drink it often --- it's very calming to my system. Since stopping the green tea my skin has been totally clear again!


Diagnosis - Cystic acne and papulopustular rosacea
Status - 98% clear

Morning - Panoxyl 10% Cleanser (BP), Cleocin-T, DML Lotion, Physician's Formula SPF 30 Mineral Pressed Powder, Spiro 50 mg (weaning off)

Night - Panoxyl 4% Cleanser, DML Lotion

Monthly - Professional microdermabrasion

Diet - Whole high nutrient unprocessed foods. Avoid oils, dairy, sugars, bread, nuts, alcohol, caffeine, spicy and fermented foods.

Supplements - Opti l-zinc, Citrical + D3, selenium, D

Daily - Walk, breath deeply, meditate and do yoga daily, wear hats for sun protection


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Might be a good thing, that the green tea is helping your body in expelling the toxins. But then what the hell do I know? This is acne we're talking about.


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I'm not sure about the "expelling toxins" concept...although I know it's often mentioned when people have a flare-up or try something new. Perhaps it was that but I eat pretty "clean" and had been clear for a long time. Were toxins lurking under the surface? Maybe so --- can't be sure about anything when you have ultra-sensitive reactive skin like I have! The thing I do get on occasion is a minor rosacea flare, usually flat red bumps - 1 or 2 at a time...and that's almost impossible to avoid with rosacea and considered being under control for that condition. This was a bit different in that it was more like itchy small red pustules...a reaction in feeling and presentation...and maybe a stronger rosacea reaction. It's been so long since I've had really active rosacea (red skin, itchy small pustules, etc.) but it scares me if I get anything close to that. I'm pretty sure it wasn't acne since they were not large raised bumps...just small flat red dots with a white center. Different than acne...at least for me.

Since avoiding green tea my skin has been calm and back to my normal state. I've reviewed my rosacea diet list and realize once again that I can eat some things on it without a reaction but if I eat too many rosacea causing foods at the same time I get a flareup. I was also eating lots of spinach everyday...no reaction...but then added green tea which probably put me over my personal threshold for that kind of food...which is basically high histamine. I can eat foods with histamine but not too many at the same time.

Truly none of this is the end of the world...just interesting. Mainly my focus is eating an anti-inflammatory high nutrient diet. I blow it sometimes because so many of the inflammatory high histamine foods are mainstays of a "normal" diet and overabundant in our culture.


Diagnosis - Cystic acne and papulopustular rosacea
Status - 98% clear

Morning - Panoxyl 10% Cleanser (BP), Cleocin-T, DML Lotion, Physician's Formula SPF 30 Mineral Pressed Powder, Spiro 50 mg (weaning off)

Night - Panoxyl 4% Cleanser, DML Lotion

Monthly - Professional microdermabrasion

Diet - Whole high nutrient unprocessed foods. Avoid oils, dairy, sugars, bread, nuts, alcohol, caffeine, spicy and fermented foods.

Supplements - Opti l-zinc, Citrical + D3, selenium, D

Daily - Walk, breath deeply, meditate and do yoga daily, wear hats for sun protection


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Have you tried anti-histamine with any effect? And on that note, do you know any good sites with a list of histamine and anti-histamine foods?


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Have you tried anti-histamine with any effect? And on that note, do you know any good sites with a list of histamine and anti-histamine foods?

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