Applying a cream containing Green Tea Aids Women with Acne Rosacea

February 24, 2005

Rosacea is a common condition of the skin typically including redness and swelling that mostly affects central portions of the face. It can worsen (progress) into papulopustular rosacea. If acne rosacea remains untreated the nose can become red and enlarged. 60 Women aged 25 to 50 with papulopustular rosacea applied either Green Tea with Vitamin C cream or a placebo cream to their faces twice a day for four weeks. All women in the study had facial redness, swelling, papules and pustules and photographs were taken of their faces over the 4 week period. Treatment with the Green tea cream decreased the number of facial inflammatory lesions significantly versus placebo cream. Minimal or mild improvement of inflammation was seen in 70% of the women treated with the Green Tea cream. The study was presented at the 63rd Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Dermatology on February 20th, 2005.

Commentary by Jerry Hickey, R.Ph.

Green Tea polyphenols have natural antioxidant-anti-inflammatory activity on the skin. Green Tea has even shown ability to help reduce the inflammation caused by the suns ultraviolet radiation. Green Tea has obvious anti-aging, collagen stabilizing properties for human skin. If Green tea benefits this extreme case scenario, it hints at how much more protective it is for healthier skin.

Vitamin C with Vitamin E Decreases Lung Cancer Risk in Female Smokers

When benzopyrene, a dangerous chemical found in cigarette smoke attaches to DNA (this is called an adduct) it causes cell damage. In current smokers elevated benzopyrene adducts increase the risk of lung cancer 3-fold. In this study researchers placed smokers (at least 10 cigarettes a day) on either a combination of vitamin C 500mg, and synthetic vitamin E 400 IU (dl-alpha-tocopherol) or an inactive placebo daily for 15 months. The vitamins had no impact on men but they decreased the amount of adducts by 31% in women versus a placebo, and decreased them by 43% in high risk women (women who did not properly form Glutathione: a major protective antioxidant enzyme in the lungs). The best way to decrease the risk of lung cancer in smokers would be to stop smoking. The research was performed at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public health and is published in the January 2005 issue of the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention.