09 August 2007

Green tea bath for skin?

Green tea may help treat inflammatory skin diseases such as psoriasis, dandruff and lupus-induced lesions.

Green tea may help treat inflammatory skin diseases such as psoriasis, dandruff and lupus-induced lesions, concludes a Medical College of Georgia study to be published in the Aug. 18 issue of the journal Experimental Dermatology.

The researchers found that a bath of green tea extract mixed with water slowed the development and severity of psoriasis symptoms in mice genetically predisposed to develop the condition, CBC News reported.

Green tea slows the production of skin cells by regulating the activity of the enzyme caspase 14, the researchers concluded. Caspase 14 is involved in regulating the life cycle of skin cells.

In psoriasis and similar kinds of skin diseases, skin cells multiply out of control, which causes the skin to be thicker and flake off, CBC News reported. Immune cells are also activated, which leads to inflammation.

The study authors noted that this research is still in the early stages. – (HealthDayNews)

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Dr Suretha Kannenberg holds a degree in Medicine and a Masters in Dermatology from the University of Stellenbosch. She is employed as a consultant dermatologist by Stellenbosch University and Tygerberg Academic Hospital, where she is involved in clinical duties and the training of medical students and dermatology residents. Her areas of interest and research include vitiligo, eczema and acne. She also performs limited private practice work in the Northern suburbs of Cape Town in general and cosmetic dermatology.

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