Try applying Green Tea for inflammatory skin conditions.

August 13, 2007

Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease that affects and disfigures the skin. In this disease skin cells are created and grow in an out of control and rapid rate. This occurs because immune cells that normally fight infection instead trigger the release of immune system proteins that cause inflammation and overproduction of skin cells. The skin cells do not have a normal life-cycle, do not die when they are supposed to, and pile up on the inflamed tissue causing the psoriasis patches.

Scientists at the Medical College of Georgia have found that the benefits for the skin from Green Tea are even greater than we thought. Applying Green Tea to the skin may be effective for treating inflammatory conditions of the skin such as psoriasis and dandruff.

Their research shows that in animals with inflammatory skin conditions, applying Green Tea topically regulated the level of a protein known as Caspase 14 in the skin. Caspase 14 is very important for normalizing cell function and the cell cycle in the skin and it allows the cells to grow normally, die normally if they are haywire, and work normally as a barrier. Caspase 14 activity is lacking in the skin of patients with psoriasis. In human skin cultures affected by psoriasis adding Green Tea improved the level of Caspase 14 and adding the Green Tea and improving Caspase 14 activity normalized the cell cycle and this restored the function of the skin cells to normal activity. In ice with psoriasis applying a concentrated Green Tea significantly reduced the pathology and symptoms in their skin lesions and altered the production of skin cells back towards normalcy. The study is published in the August 2007 issue of the journal Experimental Dermatology.