Tea Tree Oil for Acne
In this post, we’ll examine using tea tree oil for acne. Tea tree oil is widely regarded as an effective treatment for acne. It is an essential oil derived from the leaves of an Australian plant called Melaleuca alternifolia. A lot of people resort to tea tree oil for acne problems because it has been proven to be an effective remedy. It also has powerful anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, and anti-viral characteristics. There are some things you need to know about it though if you plan to try using tea tree oil for acne.
Tea tree oil has a component known as terpinen-4-ol that is regarded as the main factor in the tea tree oil’s antibacterial properties. People also use tea tree oil on athlete’s foot and to treat body odor, bad breath, and cold sores. But using tea tree oil for acne is the most widespread use.
Tea tree oil can be used as an alternative to benzoyl peroxide. Benzoyl peroxide is associated with side effects that include itching, burning, stinging, and dryness for some people. Tea tree oil is also strong and can have side effects for those with sensitive skin. Tea tree oil purchased as an essential oil from a health food store should only be used as a spot treatment, and may need to be diluted with an ingredient such as aloe so as not to cause irritation in the area you are applying it to. You can also purchase a cream that contains tea tree oil as an ingredient.
The best advice if you want to try tea tree oil as a treatment would be to dilute the oil and try out a spot below your chin or on the neck. If you are sensitive or if the mixture is too strong you should know within an hour or two. If redness, stinging or other symptoms of irritation arise, you may need to dilute the mixture further or use something less irritating to you. This can be a great spot treatment for blemishes but you should avoid using it on the entire face. The only exception would be in a preparation that contains tea tree oil as an ingredient. Even then it would be a good idea to spot test it before applying to your entire face.
There are best practices some have found when using tea tree oil for acne as a spot treatment. Place a drop on your finger and dab, don’t rub, onto a pimple. Let the oil soak into the skin. The oil will kill any bacteria present as well as help lift the oils and skin cells from the blocked pore. Although some people can tolerate using the oil every night, most find that an every other night treatment schedule helps prevent irritation. It should also only be used at night to prevent creating a problem with oversensitivity to sunlight.
Tea tree oil for acne treatment may be just what you need to get your acne under control. Use it as directed and follow the tips outlined above and you can be assured it is a safe natural acne treatment.
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