Dandelion tea's potentials in fighting acne have been gradually gaining recognition and awareness among many sectors. There has noticeably been an upsurge in the popularity of natural anti-acne treatments of late. Indeed, it might just be a matter of time before curiosity in this dainty drink’s possible acne fighting abilities translates into more meaningful findings and outcomes.

The dandelion plant has long been considered as nothing more than an annoying and pesky weed that grows in lawns, gardens and in spaces between brick walls. But it may be better to think twice before destroying and cutting them down.

According to a 2009 research study done by the University of Maryland Medical Center, dandelion root is a natural detoxification agent for the liver and kidneys. This ability may thus be helpful in cleaning the blood and getting rid of toxins & impurities. So the previously anecdotal anti-acne properties of dandelion just might have some scientific basis after all.

Acne. Oftentimes the mere mention of that word causes many a teenager and adult to wince and cringe. For many individuals, this condition represents a lifelong burden, a heavy cross that must be borne.

Acne is an embarrassing, annoying, persistent and uncomfortable but altogether common skin condition that is marked by skin irregularities characterized by the presence of scaly red surface, blackheads and whiteheads, pinheads, pimples, nodules and even scarring.

Acne strikes mostly in skin areas with the densest population of sebaceous follicles. These are typically the face, the upper part of the chest, and the back. The surface cause of acne is clogged hair follicles and pores.

Acne affects almost everyone at some point in their lives. Conventional acne treatments are widespread although these can be quite expensive and may not always solve the problem. As such, many people are turning to natural acne remedies.

There are several causes of acne that have been identified. These include:

(a.) hormonal causes - overproduction of hormones;
(b.) genetic causes – certain families may be predisposed to acne;
(c.) psychological causes – heightened levels of stress may be significantly associated with acne;
(d.) bacterial causes – the propionibacterium acnes bacteria is widely considered to cause acne, and;
(e.) dietary causes – certain foods are believed to contribute to acne although more studies are required to establish this.

Dandelion tea may not be appropriate for conditions brought on by the genetic or psychological factors as these might require solutions that tap into these root causes.

However, dandelion tea may be useful for acne that is caused by hormonal or bacterial factors. This herbal tea is said to fight acne by helping improving liver function. The liver is known to help clean the blood and remove toxins from the body. But when it is not functioning as well as it should, the liver may help worsen acne as it cannot break down and clear the excess hormones from the body.

Furthermore, some research on the inulin content of the dandelion plant offers some clues on how it may help fight acne. Inulin, a naturally-occuring polysaccharide in the plant, is said to help combat bad bacteria in the intestines. The removal of the bacteria in turn may help improve the quality of skin and clear out acne.

The roots and leaves of dandelion are believed to possess considerable amounts of vitamins A, B, C, and D as well as iron, potassium and zinc, all of which promote clear skin. In addition to the aforementioned inulin, the other active compounds in dandelion are taraxacin, taraxacoside, phenolic acids, sesquiterpene lactones, triterpenes, coumarins, and catortenoids. Some of these may have antioxidant abilities that further help in fighting aggravating factors for acne.

Dandelion tea may be enjoyed either as a leaf infusion or as a root decoction. To make the infusion, simply place 1 to 2 teaspoons of dried leaves into a mug of hot water and let it stand for about 5 to 7 minutes. For the decoction, place the dried roots into boiling water for about 10 minutes. Strain and drink.

While dandelions are generally considered safe, allergic reaction may be developed from coming in contact with it. Dandelion should be be avoided by individuals with known allergy to honey, chamomile, chrysanthemums, yarrow, feverfew, ragweed, sunflower or daisies. Dandelion may also cause increased stomach acid and heartburn in some individuals. It may also irritate the skin if applied topically. People with gallbladder problems and gallstones should consult a health care provider before taking dandelion tea.

While the world has been steadily rediscovering the ancient medicinal wisdom behind dandelion tea, it should be noted that health authorities in the United States and some countries have not authorized or approved the use of this herb for therapeutic and medical purposes.

So even as dandelion tea may not outrightly “cure” or defeat acne, its vaunted capability to cleanse the circulatory system may at least help ease or prevent the outbreak of acne. Keeping the body clean is always a sound proposition – and it is possible to do this with natural substances like dandelion tea.

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