Tea tree oil is proven to be effective at fighting acne. This oil has very powerful anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties. Tea tree oil is extracted from the leaves of the Alternofalfia tree found in Australia. Before, these leaves were used as a cure for athlete’s foot, bad breath, and body odor. Now, however, they have started to make a name in the industry that fights off acne. In fact, tea tree is said to be the next “benzoyl peroxide” in terms of popularity among users. However, there are still doubts on tea tree oil acne remedy’s efficiency as an anti-acne treatment. Some say that it can cure acne, while others say it can only manage the symptoms but not deal with the root cause. It pains me to say this, but the latter is actually correct. Unfortunately, acne cannot be cured by the topical application of tea tree oil as it needs to be treated from the inside out. But you need not throw away your tea tree oil just yet because like I said, it is still effective in controlling the symptoms of acne. That means it can lessen redness and inflammation; and it also kills the bacteria that causes more severe acne breakouts.
Here are the steps you can follow when using tea tree oil for acne:
Remember that pure tea tree oil is very strong and may cause an allergic reaction if placed directly on the skin; thus, you need to dilute it depending on your skin type. For example, if you have oily skin, take a tablespoon of tea tree oil and mix it with 9 tablespoons of water. If your skin is a little sensitive mix the tea tree oil with aloe vera gel instead of water. The gel will neutralize the chemical reactions to make sure you do not develop rashes. Before you use the tea tree solution, wash your face with a mild cleanser first. With a cotton ball, apply the solution to form a thin layer on your skin. When it’s dry, put on a moisturizer (preferably oil-free). Do that before you go to bed too. Experiment with tea tree oil for acne. Add a few more drops when you feel like your skin is reacting well to the solution. But if you notice some redness, dilute the oil a bit until you get the perfect solution. Once or twice a week, make a tea tree oil mask so you can control acne breakouts more effectively. Get a hypoallergenic green clay powder and add two or three drops of the tree oil. Pour water on (little by little) until the solution turns in to a paste. Use the mixture as a facial mask and you are set. Acne breakouts can be devastating. But now, you have what it takes to minimize them and hopefully have a way to stop those nasty breakouts too. You can always find more home remedies for acne if this one doesn’t suit you.