As teens, we’re told our changing hormones will come with the pesky side effects of pimples and acne. Unfortunately, those hormonal skin problems can remain long after we’ve graduated from teenhood. For women, it can feel like a never-ending battle against our menstrual cycle with new blemishes popping up each month — and it can get even worse as we enter into menopause.
According to some promising results shared by members of the SkincareAddiction community on Reddit, there may be hope for hormonal skin issues with just a simple cup of tea. More specifically, sipping on a cup of spearmint tea on a daily basis might be the key to clearing up your skin once and for all. The thread started with a user sharing her own experience, saying: “I know this has been brought up before, but most of the posts I see are not from people who have tried it. I have been drinking one cup of spearmint tea every evening for several months and the results are incredible. I have not had a single zit.”
Several other users began chiming in with their own results, claiming the tea was especially helpful for extra-stubborn cystic acne. The tea is sometimes recommended for women with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) to help reduce androgens (the hormone that causes acne and facial hair growth), according to a 2010 study from Phytotherapy Research. The results shared on the Reddit thread, however, could mean that even women without PCOS can benefit from the tea’s skin-soothing relief. Although research is still being conducted to learn more about remedies like spearmint tea, a study from 2012 confirmed that natural sources are definitely able to modulate androgens and other frustrating hormones.
All of that said, you should be careful about adding spearmint tea to your daily routine if you are already taking medicine like birth control or any type of hormone treatment. As desperate as you might be to make pimples disappear, it’s important to discuss the addition of spearmint with your doctor. You can also ask about taking supplements if you’re not a huge fan of tea. Either way, it’s not worth the risk of making things worse for yourself by jumping in without getting the all-clear from your doc.