This week my skin has broken out into an absolute cluster of YACK.I have come to the conclusion that it is the doings of these Green Tea Extract Capsules I have been taking. I’ve had one a day for 2 weeks now and suddenly I’m getting these horrid under the surface type spots that are really painful and look disgusting. My theory is that they’re drawing all the crap to the surface thus causing the problem. I’ve never had problems with spots on my cheeks before, it’s usually hormonal ones around my chin and forehead, but this is a whole new level of ARGHHH. Anyway, until the green tea works it’s magic and anti-oxidises my soul does anyone have any skin saviours they can recommend to me in the meantime? Here is my current swag of spotty to hotty products:
Well, these are the ones I could find anyway. There’s tea tree oil, mauka cream, body shop seaweed products, vichy normaderm moisturiser, the dr brand blemish relief, starflower oil supplements and the trusty nixoderm, nixoderm is usually my saviour but even that is failing me at the moment (I strongly do recommend it though!). If you know anything about supplements could you shed a light on how long I’ll have this problem for? I understand with certain things to do with spots they get worse before they get better, but will it get better? Do I compromise the super powers of green tea for spots? Oh I just don’t know, share your miracle products! Oh and by the way, my skin isn’t greasy or oily, it’s possibly combination and I get the odd dry patch, which is so weird, also a pain as most spot products are aimed towards oily/greasy skin.


  1. May 16, 2012 / 4:55 pm

    Bit of a tricky one. Green tea is great for most people and actually improves acne but for small amount of people it can make things worse. Green tea contains compounds that can increase DHT and testosterone in some people, which in turn increase oil production & acne! When my acne was really bad I dropped down to drinking only one cup a day, I later found out it was caffeine not the green tea! I'm guess if you are taking them in capsule form it will also be quite concentrated compared to drinking a cup of the green stuff.
    If your sure it's since taking the capsules the trouble started and nothing else could be causing it, then I'd knock them on the head as the symptoms might not get any better.

  2. May 16, 2012 / 4:06 pm

    I have so many skin treatments I’m pretty sure I won’t finish in this life time!
    Right now I’m about five days into trying the zinc gluconate from Etat Pur. I’m a student, so £8.50 seemed pricey for 15ml of product. But even my friends keep pointing out how healthy my skin looks lately, So I guess its worth it!
    I love the body shop so I really want to try their facial products; I wish I had an outlet nearby!

  3. May 16, 2012 / 7:50 am

    Always think spots/acne is a difficult one to deal with, especially when it's not easy to work out why they've appeared, and then how to tackle them! I'm a big lover of Caroline on, who has top notch advice on dealing with problem skin. I have acne and crazy hormones, so she recommends fish oil capsules, good cleansing, good exfoliation, toning and lots of moisturising! Sometimes the 'fix it all' spot treatments aren't very effective, since people get spots for lots of different reasons e.g. diet! Hope that helps a bit… xx

  4. May 16, 2012 / 7:20 am

    Ok less is more, you have a lot of products here by different brands, probably sending mixed messages to your skin. Cut everything back to the minimum for a few weeks and re-introduce slowly. Keep things simple just cleanse, tone, moisturise and stop switching between brands. Toners containing lavender & geranium are good for balancing the skin. Stick to one spot treatment which you like. Diet is also important. For me any products containing manuka works the best on my spots & skin problems, tea tree can be harsh for some people.

  5. May 15, 2012 / 9:10 pm

    i know the posts you are meaning!
    lush's ultrabland cleanser is an amazinnggg make up remover and all it seems greasy initially is is amazing and neautalising my bad acne and oily ass skin.
    i am the same as you, never acne on my cheeks only my chin :/
    i would honestly recommend trying it out.
    i wrote a review of it on my blog if you wanna know more about 🙂

    • May 15, 2012 / 9:21 pm

      I'll have a little looky! Thanks for the recommendation!

    • May 15, 2012 / 9:20 pm

      Ah thats weird cuz I just replied to another comment mentioning witch sticks!

  6. May 15, 2012 / 8:33 pm

    I swear by ELF's Zit Zapper, which is basically just Salicylic Acid, Tea Tree Oil, and Witch Hazel. The toothpaste trick is also pretty effective. I would also just use a gentle cleanser and moisturizer.

    • May 15, 2012 / 9:19 pm

      Ah, is that like witch stick? I always forget about Witch Sticks but they are so good!

  7. May 15, 2012 / 8:30 pm

    I really like Dermalogica Overnight Clearing Gel, you really notice a difference using it, but it's quite expensive.
    You could try drinking hot water and lemon, it's meant to help reduce inflammation x

  8. May 15, 2012 / 8:01 pm

    hey! so this may sound stupid but toothpaste! honestly it works great for me, if you have a spot dab a tiny bit of toothpaste on the top of it just before you go to sleep, over night it drys up the bacteria and in the morning its a lot smaller and less red 🙂 it works for me so give it a go! also follow me on my blog 🙂 hope i helped 🙂

    • May 15, 2012 / 9:18 pm

      I've tried toothpaste before, it seems to make no difference to them :(!

  9. May 15, 2012 / 7:51 pm

    I hate those painful spots that come from underneath…it always seems like they're never go away!

    I have 2 favorite zit zappers…Clean and Clear Persa Gel 10% Benzoyle Peroxide (it's super strong and can be drying) and La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo (much more gentle!)

    I have found also that if the spot doesn't come to a head and just lays beneath the skin, the best thing you can do is leave it alone 🙁 which is easier said than done!

    • May 15, 2012 / 9:18 pm

      DEFINITELY easier said that done! I think that's what has made some of mine look so bruised, messing too much!