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Red tea vs. white tea
posted by Colleen Shirazi, Friday, April 07, 2006 at 4:18 PM (Pacific)

Hi! That's me. I took this pic today, the real reason was to show how the lipstick looked "on" (it's a beauty board thing). But my skin has been looking good these days, so I linked to it here.

Along with all the previously-mentioned stuff that I do (Yasmin, daily multi-vitamin, avoid growth hormone in foods), I've added drinking tea to my routine.

So far the best tea has been Celestial Seasonings White Teas. Why Celestial Seasonings? I don't work for them (and they don't even have an affiliate program). But I found the White Teas make my skin look better. You need drink only one cup of tea per day. I suppose you could drink more, but I'm more of a coffee drinker, so getting in one cup per day is plenty for me.

Recently...I got bored with the White Teas (I drink the peach, pear and decaf ones, haven't tried the organic apple one). I got a tip on my own board about red tea, so I looked into that.

Red tea apparently is not "tea" at all; it's herb tea. It can be either "rooibos" tea or "honeybush" tea. Since I had no clue what either tasted like, I just grabbed the box that I thought smelled best. This was a vanilla rooibos blend, again by Celestial Seasonings (I promise, I'll try other brands too...).

I've replaced my white tea cup o' tea of the day with this red tea, over the past few days. BTW rooibos has a good flavor; it tastes fruity to me, as if you brewed some dried fruits. The vanilla blend is very strongly natural vanilla, so it's about half fruity-tasting and half vanilla.

My skin still looks good but I'll have to say the white tea is slightly better. At least that's my perception. It's not noticeable enough for me to not drink the red tea (it's delicious) instead of the white (equally delicious but boring if that's all you drink).

I'm still fascinated as to how little "official" information there is about the things I do for acne...and mind you, I used to have acne all over my face. It wasn't cystic acne, just regular pimples all over my face, that nothing topical budged. In the pic, I'm wearing my tinted sunscreen...it's TerraSport sunscreen mixed with a little Zia liquid foundation...and MAC Blot powder. I haven't worn regular foundation in years.

There are TONS of information about Accutane on the *FDA* site. I was a bit stunned by that, because there's next to nothing about vitamins on the FDA site. Hello? Who does the FDA work for? They're being stricter about Accutane, but that is also protecting the makers of Accutane--i.e., you need to sign a piece of paper before you take Accutane, saying you understand what the risks are. Okay, won't that make it harder for patients to sue later on? Didn't you sign a piece of paper saying you understood the risks?

You now need to get pregnancy tests before getting your Accutane refilled...again, that will only benefit the makers of Accutane. Less odds of getting sued.

The FDA is now heavily emphasizing the risks of mental health problems such as depression, suicide, and suidical tendencies. In fact if you read through the risks list, and it is a list, it also says you can permanently damage your eyesight and hearing. And a lot of other things.

On the one hand I've read that Accutane is supposed to reduce oil only when you're taking it. But how does that explain its long-term effects?

Anyhow...one of the few reasonably official sites that has a list of vitamins and how much of each is safe to take: bbc.co.uk Health - Vitamins

Some info from Wikipedia re vitamin B5 and acne: B5 on Acne

Mind you I personally do not believe that megadoses of vitamin B5 are necessary. I do think a supplement of vitamin B complex helps.