Unexpected Ways Kombucha Can Help Acne

Acne is a common skin condition that can be both physically and emotionally painful. Although there are many acne treatments, not all of them work for everyone. 

One treatment option that has been gaining popularity in recent years is Kombucha. Kombucha is an ancient fermented tea drink known to have numerous health benefits. 

In addition, research suggests that drinking this beverage may also help improve the symptoms of acne by reducing inflammation on the skin’s surface!

What is Kombucha?

Kombucha is a fermented drink made with the Kombucha culture/mushroom. The end product is a lightly effervescent, sweetened tea. The drink has been around for centuries and can be made at home or purchased commercially to enjoy as a beverage. 

It has been used for centuries by different cultures worldwide and is known for its beneficial effects on health. 

Kombucha has been purported to: help lose weight (some believe it’s a great way to detox), boost energy levels and improve endurance, improve heart health, blood pressure, cholesterol & liver function, and increase mental alertness and acuity. 

It can also be used topically in face masks or other body care recipes because of Kombucha’s antimicrobial properties. 

However, there seems to be some debate about whether or not kombucha helps acne. Some people say that kombucha tea will help clear up the skin, while others maintain it worsens outbreaks due to bacteria content in the drink itself.

How Does Kombucha Affect Acne?

Kombucha also contains other helpful ingredients like amino acids, antioxidants, enzymes, vitamins B complex (B12), C & E, folate/folic acid, magnesium potassium & calcium, along with glucaric acid that supports healthy hormone balance in the body. 

These nutrients work synergistically to promote beautiful skin by helping clear congested pores while replenishing vital minerals used up during periods of stress or hormonal change. This can reduce blemishes, acne, and skin eruptions. 

Kombucha has been shown to reduce acne symptoms by inhibiting the growth of acne bacteria, which plays a role in all acne types, including cystic forms. Kombucha also contains acne-safe probiotics that help regulate a healthy gut biome. Even if you do not want to drink Kombucha you should consider supplementing with acne-safe probiotics to keep inflammation down and your skin clear.

In addition, it also helps compensate for deficiencies in nutrients like selenium & zinc that are necessary for proper immune system function; both essential factors in controlling severe cases of acne vulgaris.

How To Make Kombucha At Home

There are a few ways you can ingest kombucha at home, such as through drinking it, topical application to the skin, or taking capsules. For example, one of the most common ways to make kombucha is by drinking it. 

In addition, Kombucha tea can be brewed at home or purchased commercially. Once you have your batch made, some people like to experiment with adding flavors and sugars to experience different kinds of tea throughout their brewing process. 

While this is not necessary for enjoying a cup of healthy kombucha on its own, if you are interested in experimenting with new flavor combinations, then go ahead! 

Just remember that when making large batches, these extra ingredients will need to be added proportionally (e.g., use about one-tenth the amount compared to commercial types).

Kombucha Soap

Most people think of Kombucha as something you drink, however it can be used in a variety of different mediums including soap and moisturizer.

Andalou Naturals offers a natural, antioxidant-rich cleansing gel that purifies pores and balances oily skin with featured argan stem cells and kombucha probiotics. 

Their decision to use only organic ingredients means this gentle cleanser is superior in quality yet cost-effective for your peace of mind. 

They never test their products on animals! Hide or neutralize acne blemishes while leaving your complexion brighter and more radiant by using the Clear Skin range from Andalou Naturals. 

Gentle argan stem cells and kombucha probiotic formulas go deep down to remove excess sebum oil that causes breakouts while banishing pesky bacteria that lead to spotty skin.

3 Ways to implement Kambucha into your diet

1: Combine it along with other beverages

Kombucha can be consumed in many ways, but there are a few simple steps if you want to add it to your diet. The first thing is that we recommend adding about *four ounces* of Kombucha per day, along with the other beverages and foods you consume throughout the day.

2: Drink in-between meals

You should try not to drink right before or after meals. The best time to drink Kombucha is between meals, on an empty stomach. This helps to speed up the digestive process and allows for better absorption. With that said, you should wait about 30 minutes to an hour before or after a meal if you want to enjoy Kombucha.

3: Consume before exercise

You may also want to consider drinking it before your workouts, as the natural caffeine in Kombucha will give you a little extra boost of energy, without the crash that comes after drinking coffee or soda. 


Kombucha is great for acne, but it won’t be a miracle cure. Therefore, you should not rely on Kombucha alone to treat your acne. 

You need to make sure you are eating healthily and cleanly, using the proper face wash for your skin type, getting enough sleep every night, drinking plenty of water throughout the day, and that you avoid greasy foods and sugary drinks, as these will only cause more problems in the long run!

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it OK to drink kombucha every day?

Kombucha can be consumed every day as long as you follow the serving suggestions from above. Also, kombucha doesn’t have to be only a seasonal beverage! If you aren’t having any adverse effects and are feeling good, drink up all year long!

How long does it take for kombucha to work?

After about two weeks, it should start to work. However, if your acne doesn’t improve after a month of drinking this beverage, perhaps something else could be causing your skin issues.

What happens when you first start drinking kombucha?

Many people experience detoxing symptoms such as light nausea when first drinking kombucha. This is because kombucha contains so many probiotics and beneficial acids, which can help reduce inflammation in your gut. All these symptoms will pass within a few days!

Originally Published: November 08, 2021

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Hi I’m Sam Wood. I’m the chief editor, lead acne expert, and health coach behind GoodGlow. I’m also an author of one of the top selling acne books on Amazon, a husband, father of two, and a pretty good cook!

I’m so glad you found GoodGlow and hope the information I have spent the last 10 years cultivating will help you clear your skin and improve your overall health.

I began experiencing acne breakotus as a sophomore in high school, but unlike most of my friends, my acne actually got worse as I got into my 20s. I exercised regularly, ate healthy (or so I thought) and spent hundreds of dollars a month on high end skincare products and supplements to help clear my skin. Despite these measures my acne breakouts and scarring only got worse as the years wore on.

This greatly wore on my self confidence and mental health. Simple things like taking pictures or going out with a large group made me feel self conscious. So I avoided these situations whenever I could help it.

As a last ditch effort I decided to try an extremely restrictive diet recommended by a close friend with an autoimmune disease. After following this diet for about two months my skin started to clear for the first time in over 8 years. The good news is that this restrictive diet is not actually necessary for 99% of people to permanently clear their skin, and over the course of a few months I was able to add back about 90% of my “normal diet”.

After clearing my skin I spent the next 4 years self experimenting on myself with different diets, supplements, skincare products to try and find a pattern for what was triggering my acne breakouts. I even tried different meditation, ice baths, and accupuncture to try and isolate the root cause of the breakouts.

In the end I realized that an extremely restrictive diet was not necessary for clear skin. The most important thing to do is to avoid inflammatory foods in your diet. Some common examples of this are fried foods, alcohol, sugar, and dairy.

Most impoirtantly I stopped reading trendy websites for skincare advice and began reading medical journals authored by dermatologists and nutritionists. Although the information in the articles was great the information was not easily understandable to most readers (including me). I spent hours dissecting individual posts and looking up terms I did not understand. Over the next 6 months I gradually began to understand these journals and started self experiemting some of the research on myself.

After experiencing quite a bit of success personally, I started sharing my research on forums and with close friends struggling with acne. When I shared the research it was in easy to understand, plain English. Everyone I talked to loved what I had to say and kept asking more and more questions. So I decided to start a blog so I could just send someone a link when they asked a question instead of rewriting something I had sent 100 times before 😅

While the same directional principles apply to everyone, acne is very personal and should be treated on an individual basis. That’s ultimately why I created GoodGlow. To help everyone reverse engineer the root cause of their acne and clear their skin permanently.

To date I’ve helped over 2,500 people clear their skin using a natural, holistic approach. If you are unable to find an answer to your question in any of the articles my team has written please reach out and I will do my best to guide you to the proper information and resources so you can make a thoughtful, informed decision. Read more of Sam's articles.

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