One natural oil that has targets acne especially is tea tree oil. This essential oil is made from the leaves of the Melaleuca alternifolia, a native plant of Australia. You can find pure tea tree oil in health food stores and on the web, but it’s also a common ingredient in products like face lotions, shampoos and toothpastes. So how exactly does it fight acne and why should you try it? Here’s the scoop:
+ It kills bacteria: Tea tree oil has powerful antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties. When applied to the skin, it has the ability to destroy the bacteria involved in the development of acne.
+ It’s a natural alternative: Benzoyl peroxide is an ingredient found in most acne products because it helps reduce inflammation and get rid of dead skin cells – but it can also have some pretty nasty side effects like peeling, burning and itching. In one study, acne patients were divided into two groups. One group applied 5% benzoyl peroxide solution daily while the other applied 5% tea tree oil. Afterwards, researchers found that both ingredients helped improve patients’ skin and reduced acne, though the tea tree oil worked a bit more slowly than benzoyl peroxide. However, those that used tea tree oil suffered much fewer side effects!
+ It’s wallet-friendly: Tea tree oils are usually sold for $5-$10, while many acne treatments can be much more expensive. Because you only need a drop or two each time, each bottle will last you a long time.
You can dab on tea tree oil with a q-tip as a spot treatment or add a few drops to your regular cleanser or moisturizer. Just make sure you are always diluting it so your skin doesn’t dry out! I would use only a few drops of tea tree oil for every tablespoon of water or other ingredients.
Here’s an easy and gentle mask using tea tree oil:
Tea Tree Oil Anti-Acne Mask
2-3 drops tea tree oil
1 tablespoon yogurt
1 tablespoon honey
+ Combine ingredients in a small bowl and mix.
+ Apply the mask on skin using fingers (should be an opaque layer)
+ Wait 10-15 minutes
+ Rinse off with warm water
+ Apply moisturizer
You should start noticing smoother, less acne-prone skin in a few weeks!
Have you ever tried tea tree oil? Share your acne-busting solutions with me below!