Vasiliki Roussou, Speaker at Dermatology Conference 2022
University of Thessaly, Greece
Title : Green tea and its compounds in general skin care and acne vulgaris problems.


It is well known that tea as a beverage, is one the most widely consumed ones. In fact, it is the second most consumed drink worldwide. Tea is available in plenty of forms and types, such as black tea, oolong tea and green tea. Furthermore, it is a nutritional treasure, as it consists of antioxidants, polyphenols, minerals (chromium, calcium, selenium, zinc etc), caffeine and small amounts of amino-acids, vitamins and carbohydrates. Specifically, with regard to green tea that it mainly consists of catechins, it has been shown that the phytochemicals in it can stimulate the central nervous system and contribute to the overall human health. Its high content of antioxidants ranks it as a dominant regulator in the treatment of free radicals. This fact has a very important impact in healthcare, especially when it comes to skin care. The prevention of aging process and acne problems, as well as the treatment, is of paramount importance. Aging is a situation of a progressive loss of cells, tissues and organs. Exposure to ultraviolet (photoaging), free radicals and oxidative stress contribute to this process. In addition, green tea extract has been investigated for its involvement in the treatment of acne vulgaris because of its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. The aim of this systematic review is to collect data about the investigation of the exact effects of green tea on skin health. Method The data for our research were collected from electronic databases, including PubMed, Embase, Mayo Clinic, using green tea, photoaging, stress resistance, neuroprotection, skin health, acne vulgaris etc, as keywords. Conclusion The present manuscript suggests that green tea and its properties has numerous beneficial effects on skin health (as anti-aging, acne) and reviews the way that this procedure works.