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Yerba mate and acne

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Created March 19, 2013 at 7:43 PM

I just drank a bunch of yerba mate over the past couple of days. I have a minor breakout. Has anyone ever had this experience?

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4176 · March 30, 2013 at 7:13 PM

So, I broke out. But it was within a day or two of drinking the tea, so I feel like it could be anything.

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733 · March 29, 2013 at 1:32 AM

ohhh. ya i drink davidson green tea and it doesnt effect me like that. they may have a different process. I never thought about fluoride.

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733 · March 29, 2013 at 1:31 AM

thanks! person!

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4176 · March 28, 2013 at 3:25 AM

Legit observation.

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1523 · March 26, 2013 at 11:17 PM

I had a lot of issues with mate making my thyroid feel pathetic after a while, had to give it up completely. I have no idea how it was effecting me but it definitely made my throat ache after many years of consumption and gave me hyperthyroid like symptoms. That said I think that http://www.matefactor.com/ is the best tasting mate out there, its just super potent so be careful!

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733 · March 22, 2013 at 4:23 PM

http://guayaki.com/ loose leaf it is the only thing i have changed in the past week, so i am suspicious. I will try again this weekend. oh and i was drinking quit a bit of it. I have a tea infuser and i kept the same tea in there until it got super weak. probably 6-7 cups

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4703 · March 19, 2013 at 9:14 PM

You need a longer test period to draw any conclusions imo.

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10994 · March 28, 2013 at 3:22 AM

I don't drink tea, but maybe the concentrated fluoride is messing up your face?

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733 · March 29, 2013 at 1:32 AM

ohhh. ya i drink davidson green tea and it doesnt effect me like that. they may have a different process. I never thought about fluoride.

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4176 · March 28, 2013 at 3:25 AM

Legit observation.

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4176 · March 28, 2013 at 3:52 AM

I bought Yerba Mate yesterday. I'll let you know if a few days if anything wacky happens on my face. I am the canary in the coal mine when it comes to any acne triggers, so this should be telling.

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4176 · March 30, 2013 at 7:13 PM

So, I broke out. But it was within a day or two of drinking the tea, so I feel like it could be anything.

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733 · March 29, 2013 at 1:31 AM

thanks! person!

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273 · April 14, 2014 at 9:38 PM

I recently stopped drinking coffee because of a sensitivity to it (not the caffeine), probably a protein contained in the bean. It actually significantly contributed to my seasonal allergy issues. Regardless, I enjoy a bit of caffeine now and then so I decided to experiment with some high caffeine teas, namely Yerba Mate and Guayusa. I did a bunch of research on them and I think they are both good options; however, Guayusa seems to have more potential benefits but less supportive research.

Interestingly, yerba mate is linked (via epidemiological studies) to upper respiratory system cancers, do to the temperature it is drank at and also because it contains a high amount of PAH from the smoke drying process the leaves undergo. I wrote articles on both these teas and address the cancer issue with some scientific evidence. You can also buy unsmoked yerba mate

http://www.thebarefootgolfer.com/2014/04/09/yerba-mate-joy-high-caffeine-tea/

http://www.thebarefootgolfer.com/2014/04/11/guayusa-joy-high-caffeine-tea/

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127 · May 20, 2013 at 5:22 AM

Interesting. I've often heard that caffeine creates an acidic internal environment that can contribute to acne, but I'm unsure about the science behind the acid/alkaline theory... I know my skin problems disappeared around the time I stopped drinking coffee, but then again, that was also when I stopped eating loads of sugar, grain, and processed poison food.

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120 · May 19, 2013 at 2:33 PM

It will raise cortisol (the caffeine) which will cause oily skin.

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0 · May 19, 2013 at 11:38 AM

I was wondering the same thing about Mate & acne. I bought the organic yerba mate by 'che mate'and noticed a moderately bad breakout the morning after I started drinking it. As I am prone to acne I continued because I thought it could be something else in my diet that triggered. Just to make sure I stopped drinking it for a week. Then two days ago I started drinking it again and broke out severely. Maybe everyones body reacts differently to this tea but I am definitely not going to be able to drink anymore of it... it does horrible things to my face. It's a shame because I have read so many positive things about it.

Anyone else have similar problems?

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0 · April 29, 2013 at 9:31 PM

Yerba mate absolutely made me break out.

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0 · March 30, 2013 at 7:06 PM

Hey Man,

I'm Mateo, a Mate enthusiast based in NYC, pleasure to connect with you.

I drink at least a liter of Mate everyday.

Email me if you want more information on it, and how it can affect your body.

MateOverMatter@gmail.com

Drink on!

Mateo

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389 · March 19, 2013 at 8:36 PM

Which brand? Canned? Tea bags? How much did you drink?

I have been drinking the loose-leaf tea with the bombilla for years and have never had any issues.

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