Green Tea And Hair - Dandruff And Psoriasis Cure?

by Julian

6 August 2007 - A green tea and hair study found that it holds promise as a new treatment for skin disorders such as psoriasis and dandruff, Medical College of Georgia researchers say.

Researchers studied an animal model for inflammatory skin diseases, which are often characterized by patches of dry, red, flaky skin caused by the inflammation and overproduction of skin cells. Those treated with green tea showed slower growth of skin cells and the presence of a gene that regulates the cells' life cycles.

"Psoriasis, an autoimmune disease, causes the skin to become thicker because the growth of skin cells is out of control," says Dr. Stephen Hsu, an oral biologist in the MCG School of Dentistry and lead investigator on the study published in the Aug. 18 edition of Experimental Dermatology.

"In psoriasis, immune cells, which usually protect against infection, instead trigger the release of cytokines, which causes inflammation and the overproduction of skin cells."

Other autoimmune diseases with similar side effects include lupus, which can lead to skin lesions, and dandruff.

Green tea, already shown to suppress inflammation, helps by regulating the expression of Caspase-14, a protein in genes that regulates the life cycle of a skin cell.

"That marker guides cells by telling them when to differentiate, die off and form a skin barrier," Dr. Hsu says. "In people with psoriasis, that process is interrupted and the skin cells don't die before more are created and the resulting lesions form."

Animal models treated with green tea also showed reduced levels of proliferating cell nuclear antigen, a gene expressed when skin cells multiply. In psoriasis, the gene is over-expressed and speeds production of skin cells.

"Before treatment, the antigen, PCNA, was present in all layers of the skin," Dr. Hsu says. "Typically, PCNA is only found in the basal layer, the innermost layer where skin cells continually divide and new cells push the older ones to the skin surface, where they eventually slough off. After being treated with green tea, the animal models showed near-normal levels of PCNA in only the basal layers."

This research is important because some treatments for psoriasis and dandruff can have dangerous side effects, he says.

"The traditional treatment of ultraviolet light and medication, while it can control the lesions and be used long term, may cause squamous cell carcinoma, the second most common form of skin cancer," Dr. Hsu says.

"Some of the most effective anti-dandruff shampoos also have carcinogens in them. While the U.S. Food and Drug Administration allows that in small amounts, the bottom line is that we don't know the long-term effects of using those products continuously."

Green tea, which is plant-derived, may be an alternative, he says. But scientists must work to overcome some barriers with the treatment. The chemicals in green tea are so active that they are oxidized too quickly when mixed with other ingredients. They also dissolve in water, which cannot penetrate the skin's barrier.

Researchers are looking for a balanced formula that can dissolve in fats, which can permeate the skin, Dr. Hsu says.

"There are no cures for autoimmune diseases. But it is possible that this is a non-toxic way to regulate them. We need further study on humans to determine the full effects."

Media Release: Green tea could help inflammatory skin diseases

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Jun 01, 2008
i liked it...
by: piyu

I read your article and felt that it is really very much informative.The way you have tried to portray the whole concept is commendable.I was unaware about the disease known as psoriasis which i got to know in detail through your article.It has really helped me a lot.thanks

Jun 02, 2008
Green Tea And Hair
by: Julian

Piyu, my pleasure to be of some service to you! Your cups at hand, Julian.

Aug 24, 2008
Green Tea
by: Manish

Nice to have so much information about the green tea and preventione of Hair Loss. Only advie which i might i give you is that the data needs to be updated more it seems to be the data of 2007 wherein we are nearing end of 2008.

Overall avery good and nice informative article. Very helpful. Keep up the good work.

May 14, 2009
Liquen planus
by: Jose

Is this works for liquen planus desease? And I want to know which one is the best shampoo for my mom to reduce hair loss because of this disease. I hope you understood me, my english is a little bit bad. Thanks

Dec 03, 2013
Which shampoo
by: Jack

What brand do you recommend? Want to try it! Thanks for the article!

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Green Tea And Hair Loss - Cause Or Cure Baldness?

by lmfmf kkmfm

Does green tea cause or cure baldness? Does it make you lose hair and make you bald?


Hey, studies regarding green tea and hair loss is limited and controversial, even contradictory. There are speculations that green tea can cause or even cure baldness, but no firm conclusions can be drawn.

One 2000 study has found that green tea reduces testosterone and DHT levels in humans, and therefore might reduce or cure baldness.

However, it is not conclusive because the authors of the same study say that the reduction may be associated with the weight loss caused by green tea.

There is also another study that found that green tea inhibits type I 5 AR in cells culture, which is responsible for converting testosterone to DHT.

Some marketers have claimed that this proved green tea can cure acne and hair loss.

However, this effect is only observed in cells culture. Similar results have not yet been observed in live animals. In fact, contradictory results are observed in animals.

There are animal studies that found that green tea increases thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH), LH, DHT and testosterone levels, all of which implies that green tea may cause baldness.

However, the effects of green tea on hormone is very complex and depend on many factors. These are animal studies involving rats, but no harmful effects have yet to be observed in humans.

So, where does this leave us?

To get any conclusive results, we need a good number of human studies. So we are not yet at that stage to draw a conclusion.

Does green tea cause hair loss? East Asians have been drinking green tea for thousands of years. So may be we can turn to the living tradition for some empirical evidence?

I have heard that drinking tea can help lose weight. I have heard that pregnant and PMS women should avoid drinking tea. I have heard that drinking tea at night can cause insomnia.

And yet, I have never heard that green tea can help or cause hair loss. If green tea does have such effects, then it probably is a subtle effect, and more than the others, needs to be proven by science.

Since scientific studies at present are contradictory, and there is a lack of human trials, we will have to wait longer to draw any conclusion.

I hope this is helpful.

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Dec 13, 2009
Green tea is useless
by: Anonymous

After I drank green tea for a year, I have serious hair loss. Visit toilet many times a day and cannot sleep at night.

Aug 23, 2010
Green tea cause hairloss
by: Anonymous

From what I've experienced while drinking Green Tea for a year or so, I say, "Green Tea sure causes hair loss" and now I read this article I'm going to stop drinking it and wait for the results (hopefully the hair loss will stop.

Dec 22, 2010
Hair loss
by: Anonymous

I have been drinking about 5 cups of green tea a day for a month now and it actually seems to be thickening my hair. I haven't had a lot of hair loss though so that might be one reason but overall it has been causing hair growth.

Jan 30, 2011
Green tee and hair loss
by: Anonymous

I have a best friend who drinks green tea all day every day - she goes through about 3 kettles a day - which is a lot!! She has recently started noticing hair loss and is very upset.

I recommended that she stops drinking green tea or at least cut it down!

She only noticed hair growth after about a year or two, so it didn't show right away.

Of course. just letting people know the possible side affects since this upset my friend so much, i hope this news will help someone else with the same problem.

Apr 20, 2011
Drinking too much green tea can cause hair loss
by: Anonymous

I have been drinking a potent concoction of green tea and what did I observe, significant hair loss!

It is all about drinking green tea in moderation!

Aug 12, 2011
Green tea connection to hair loss
by: Anonymous

I have always had PMS and oily skin and hair, but Since drinking green tea for several weeks before noticing any changes,I have DEFINATELY seen an increase in the amount of oil produced, making my hair lank and greasy with a LOT of hair loss. So much so that im convinced if I continue to drink it, I will become bald!

I am left wondering that maybe if one already has underlying problems with hormones, maybe it makes the condition worse. This may explain perhaps why some people do not seem to have any adverse effects? Maybe it is only women it effects adversely,and not men, and maybe it is shedding to grow back stronger?

I will get back to you with the results, as I had my last mug of green tea last night.I'm not expecting immediate results so keep watching.

On the plus side I have noticed that my appetite has diminished and that adding milk to the tea prevented the Diarrhoea which I suffered with on first drinking it. I have noticed no weight loss.

Mar 04, 2012
by: Anonymous

I am so happy I came across this article - when I was younger (now I'm 25) I had wonderfully thick and strong hair! And now I have been drinking green tea in really large amounts (about 2l a day) and I have recognized that my haiur is weaker and weaker! I started cryig last time because I am afraid of androgenic ghair loss, I want to have thicker hair! And now my colkleaguew told me that green tea can decrease iron levels in blood apparently.

Now I stopped drinking green tea - as someone has said above - green tea is healthy but in MODERATION!

I have also hormonal issues so maybe this makes the matter even worse.

I am totally terrified and keep crying because my hair is in worse and worse condition. I hope that my hair will regrow soon.

May 24, 2012
Green tea and hair
by: Anonymous

My usually thick head of hair has gone noticeably thinner in the past month. I started to look at what I had been eating/drinking different.

For the past 6 months I have been drinking green tea, but only 2 mugs a day, I'm not that keen on the taste, but i have read that its supposed to be good for you.

I fail to see that 2 mugs would make any difference regarding hair loss, but I've stopped drinking it now and I'm hoping my hair will thicken up again.

Sep 02, 2013
Green tea contains Fluoride
by: Anonymous

Fluoride causes hair loss. So drinking too much green tea can be bad, so drink less than two cups a day.

Mar 15, 2015
Green Tea Cause Hair Loss
by: Anonymous

Note: I started drinking green tea as an 17 year old male.

For a period of 9 months I drank roughly 6 cups of green tea per day. I went from 180 pounds to 140 pounds. Hence, green tea significantly reduced my weight. I lost all my acne, all my limbs got skinnier, and I often had diarrhea. Additionally, my apetite was reduced, I had heart palpitations and I fainted twice.

Also, I had significant hair loss that has not been reversed by stopping green tea consumption. I had a receding hair line by age 18, that became significantly noticiable by age 21. After drinking green tea I suffered from depression that affected my schoolwork.

Now it has been 4 years since stopping green tea consumption, I have gained all the weight back and more (I currently weight 210 pounds), I have hair loss that rivals most 40 year old males and I still suffer from on and off depression.

Do yourself a favor and learn from my mistake. AVOID GREEN TEA AT ALL COSTS!!!!

Mar 18, 2015
loss of hair
by: Yvonne H.

My niece and I both loss our hair if we consume too much green tea.

Sep 25, 2015
Losing Hair till Baldness
by: Anonymous

I started drinking Green Tea everyday and sometimes after work. I've been losing some hair and all of a sudden I lost tons of Hair! Now I quit drinking Tea and my hair still falls out. But I take Thyroid Meds and BP!😹

Oct 23, 2015
Yes, Green Tea causes terrible hair loss!
by: Rakshana

I am drinking Green tea since a year. I have now noticed that I am losing bunches of hair when I have a hair bath. But actually I was having only 3 cups per day..(sometimes only 2) after 1 hour of meals.

I was in a bad mood these days that I lost all my beautiful thickened hair. After reading all your comments now I have come to a conclusion that GREEN TEA DEFINITELY IS BAD FOR YOUR HAIR. Stop having green tea if you want at least some strands of hair to stick onto your head..Most of the comments here are against green tea as it causes hair fall..I too agree the same..because now I am suffering..:(

I started drinking to lose my weight. before I was 65 kg and now after having green tea and some reasonable diet plan I have become 48-49 kgs. So if you're gonna lose weight you can have green tea...but it will definitely reduce the thickness of your hair. I am saying this as I am experiencing it now.

Finally I have now decided to stop this Green tea!

Feb 07, 2016
Green tie does cause hairloss
by: Alex

There is no baldness in my family at all. From great grandparents to parents. I incorporated green tea to my diet. I would drink it every day and after a month or two I finally was able to notice that my pillow was full of hair at night, also it was harder for me to sleep. I stopped smoking thinking that was the cause but nothing changed and my hair kept falling for other 3 months. I stopped drinking green tea because I was tired of it and it was kind of expensive. Thank god I did that. It has been about two months I stopped drinking green tea. From having a big softball size circle of baldness on my crown. I can hardly see baldness in that area I thought I had loss forever..... I hate green tea

in some of my videos you can see my hair changes

Mar 06, 2016
Green tea is a cause of hair loss
by: ayaz khan

I think green tea is a cause of hair loss because when I was started drinking of green tea for weight loss a year ago, I loss my Wight about 15kg in 2 month from that time my hair is also start falling.
But when I stop drinking of green tea my hair fall also gradually stopping.
But when I again started drinking Gt my hair again falling so I think it is a cause of hair fall...

Mar 08, 2016
why green tea cause for hair
by: Manju

Can anyone tell that why green is cause for hair because in other websites and google they had mentioned that green tea cure baldness

Mar 12, 2016
Why hair loss
by: Julian

Manju, I am also as puzzled as you are, but the only plausible explanation I can think of is that if you are drinking low quality green tea, it probably is laced with pesticides, and like all other food, it can increase body's estrogen hormone that ultimately leads to hair loss.

It is only one explanation though, I am sure other food we eat contains pesticides and the same hasn't been said.

I drink high quality green tea but hasn't suffered from any hair loss.

Aug 09, 2016
Drinking Green Tea Cause Hair Loss
by: Salah

I had very thick and dense hair and whenever i used to go to barbershop, every barber used to tell me about my thickness and desity of my hair.
and now i loss bunch of hair everyday even i sit in office i notice. I also can not touch my hair with hand then it falls out it became so weak now. after many reserch and blood test i finally came to the conclustion that the only hair fall reason is taking too much green tea. I also had attacked of Low blood sugar, also known as hypoglycemia which is very danger due to taking too much green tea.
And now i am going to stop drinking green tea i will see the result after a month.

I would suggest everyone to find alternative to loose weight if you really love your hair.


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Tea And White Hair - Does Tea Turn You Gray?

by Bindi Sagar
(New Jersey)

I want to know whether drinking tea can cause white hair. Some elder people are telling if you drink tea regularly you will get more white hairs. Is this true?

I know that caffeine was there and it is not good for health. I am expecting for you reply.


Bindi, thank you for asking this very interesting question.

I have never come across any study or suggestion that drinking more tea can cause you to have more white hairs.

So this is not scientifically proven.

The Chinese and Japanese people have been drinking tea for thousands of years. As an ethnic Chinese, I have heard that drinking tea causes white hairs as well.

So this has not been observed in the Far East.

They have been some "rumours" that drinking green tea can cause baldness, but even that is based on a misunderstanding of a study.

So I think the answer to your question is a straightforward NO!

For elderly people, I highly recommend drinking tea, subject to a few conditions.

But first let me digress...

Contrary to what you think, caffeine can be beneficial to your health. Studies have shown that those people who consume a moderate amount of caffeine each day lives longer.

More importantly, they are less likely to suffer from brain diseases such as Alzheimer and Parkinson diseases.

Tea and Caffeine

Tea contains caffeine, and it also contains other more potent compounds that have similar benefits - i.e. help you live longer and keep your brain stronger.

So drinking tea is highly recommend for old people.

The disadvantages? Tea contains caffeine which may cause problems for those suffering from heart disease or blood pressure.

Further information can be found here

Green Tea Side Effects

Hope this helps!

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Oct 15, 2015
by: Jain

You have shared an awesome tip. I think it is good information for all the people who have been tea regularly. This post is really helpful to avoid unnecessary issues. Thank you very much for sharing this post!

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