Got Acne? 3-Ingredient Green Tea Recipes You’ll Totally Love

Ingredient Green Tea

It’s one of those questions that drive you nuts:

Why won’t my acne go away?

The more you try to “solve” it, the more the condition worsens. And that’s just really frustrating.

Well, here’s a secret.

Commercial skin care products and medicated acne treatments aren’t your only options when it comes to treating acne. Sometimes, natural remedies work, too.

And to show you exactly how and why, here are the best 3-ingredient green tea recipes that can end your skin breakouts once and for all.

All set? Here we go:

1. Skin Restoring Green Tea Toner

I’m not saying that commercial toners are all bad for your skin. But, if you pick one that’s too harsh, it can actually irritate your skin and disrupt its natural balance.

And when that happens, you can expect more problems than just acne. Frightening, right?

Well, I know how you’re feeling. I’ve been there.

So, here’s a really easy green tea toner recipe you can do with just 3 ingredients.

A homemade green tea toner infused with apple cider vinegar that isn’t only effective but cheap, too!


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    ¼ cup of raw apple cider vinegar
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    ¾ cup of green tea
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    Your choice of essential oils


  • Simply mix the ingredients in a clean container or a spray bottle.
  • Use a piece of cotton balls to apply it on your face after every wash.

While the first two ingredients are enough for your acne-prone skin, you can upgrade this toner by adding a few drops of essential oil. One of your best options is orange oil as it has the ability to reduce oil, stimulate collagen production and tone your pores.

You can also try lavender oil. It can soothe your inflamed spots and fight acne-causing bacteria.


Now, why would you make your own toner at home when you can easily buy one?

The reason is exactly in the ingredients.

Green tea possess a really strong anti-inflammatory property to calm down your angry spots. It also possesses potent antioxidant properties to protect your skin against free radical damage, slowing down signs of skin aging in the process.

Raw apple cider vinegar, on the other hand, can restore your skin’s natural pH. This helps strengthen your skin’s barrier.

2. Skin Clarifying Green Tea Scrub

As exfoliation is an essential step in any skin care routine, you shouldn't miss this DIY scrub. Using it two to three times a week can greatly improve not just your acne but your complexion and skin tone, too.


Clear away your acne and get clear skin with this green tea and avocado oil scrub you can easily whip up in no time. It’s one of the best natural home remedies you can try.


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    1 tablespoon of avocado oil
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    1 tablespoon of matcha green tea powder
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    ½ cup of sugar


  • In a clean container, simply mix the dry ingredients together.
  • Then, add in the avocado oil.
  • Continue mixing until you get all the ingredients combined.


You probably already know what green tea can do in this scrub, so let’s get going with the other two.

Sugar acts as the main exfoliating ingredient in this recipe. The granules help buff away dead skin cells to make sure they don’t end up clogging your pores.

As for the avocado oil, it’s supposed to act as a moisturizer. It’s packed with antioxidants and vitamin E which are both great for your acne-prone skin.

3. Skin Detoxifying Green Tea Face Mask

If you are feeling stressed out lately, then stop wondering why your skin’s breaking out more. Overthinking things can make things worse for your skin.

Instead of constantly worrying, why not give your skin a break with this easy-to-make green tea face mask?

It won’t just make you feel relaxed but it can also draw out the impurities that’s making your skin look dull and prone to acne.

Beat stress and your skin breakouts with this 3-ingredient face mask for acne. All it needs is some activated charcoal, matcha green tea and bentonite clay and you’re good to go!


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    ½ teaspoon of bentonite clay powder
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    2 activated charcoal capsules (emptied)
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    ½ teaspoon of matcha green tea powder. 

Oh, yes. You will also need water for this recipe, probably around 2 teaspoons of filtered water.


  • Begin by mixing the dry ingredients.
  • Once they are mixed well, you can start slowly adding the water.
  • Give the ingredients a good stir until you get a paste-like consistency.
  • Spread the mask all over your face, avoiding the areas around your eyes.
  • Wait for about 15 minutes or until the mask hardens before you take it off with a damp washcloth.


Zits are most commonly caused by getting dirt, makeup residues and dead skin cells trapped in your pores. As these impurities clog your follicles, they trigger an inflammatory response which then translates to acne.

Now, to nip the problem in its bud (which is your pores getting clogged), you need to make sure that no impurities linger too long on your skin or in your pores. This is exactly where the activated charcoal becomes important.

Just think of it like a magnet. It effectively pulls out the impurities from your pores so you can easily remove them.

Bentonite clay, meanwhile, absorbs the toxins that the activated charcoal wasn’t able to draw out. The addition of green tea in this recipe is supposed to help with skin cell regeneration and pore tightening.

4. Calming Green Tea Face Mask

When you are acne-prone, you know how frustrating it is to conceal those red spots. At certain times, you may need to use a color correcting concealer just to temporarily camouflage them

And you know what’s worse?

They may not even work at times!

So, to save you from the frustration, here’s a calming green tea face mask recipe that deserves a spot in your skin care routine.

With this DIY face mask made with green tea, you can naturally beat skin redness and get glowing skin quickly.


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    1 teaspoon of matcha green tea powder
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    ½ teaspoon of water
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    ½ teaspoon of coconut oil


  • Mix everything until the mixture turns into a smooth paste.
  • Apply it on your face and leave for about 15 minutes.
  • Rinse off.


​This might sound surprising but coconut oil can do more than just moisturize the skin. It actually has great healing properties to help repair damaged skin.

When applied topically, it can reduce bumps, redness as well as inflammation.

Once partnered with green tea, your skin is sure to be calmer and less swollen.

Bentonite clay, meanwhile, absorbs the toxins that the activated charcoal wasn’t able to draw out. The addition of green tea in this recipe is supposed to help with skin cell regeneration and pore tightening.

3-Ingredient Green Tea Recipes

Dr Kathleen May Eusebio-Alpapara

A board-certified dermatologist who practices both medical and cosmetic dermatology

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