Tea Tree Oil has been popular in Australia where I grew up so I have been very knowledgeable about this medicinal oil long before its rise to fame here in america. Health care specialists have been espousing its advantages because of the antibacterial, antiviral, antimicrobial, antifungal and antiseptic properties. Because of this, it’s one of the best treatments for acne.
Tea Tree Oil
It is the oil in the leaves of the Melaleuca Alternifolia tree native to Eastern Australia. The Australian Aborigines would crush the leaves up and inhale the oils to treat respiratory disorders. They’ve been using this oil medicinally for centuries.
It’s due to the properties that Tea Tree Oil owns that makes it the ideal remedy to treat moderate to severe acne without any side effects. Studies have shown this oil to be on par with 5% benzoyl peroxide. Benzoyl peroxide is the most well known anti acne remedy but it can leave the skin extremely dry, irritated and red. Sometimes it can be drying that skin is on the verge of cracking. It has to be mentioned however that Tea Tree Oil will require more time to take effect than benzoyl peroxide.
Why Tea Tree Oil Works For Acne?
- Imbalance of hormones (this is why teens get acne and girls during certain times of the month)
- Foods we eat can exacerbate acne
But acne is obviously caused by the same 3 items for everybody:
- Excess sebum (oil glands produce too much oil)
- Excess skin shedding (the epidermis cells lining the follicle wall drop too often )
- P. acnes bacteria (which is currently present on skin)
These 3 items combine to form a plug that clogs the pore. Tea Tree Oil functions for acne as it dissolves oil. The principle behind this is that oil may dissolve oil. A excellent example of this is when you’re attempting to wash off a sticky price tag. The more you attempt to wash it with detergent the stickier is becomes. But when you use a cloth dipped in oil, such as olive, it melts easily. Tea Tree Oil cuts throughout the sebum on your skin, unclogs the pores and kills the P. acnes bacteria.
Safety Of Tea Tree Oil
This oil can be toxic if swallowed and can cause a multitude of side effects including nausea, confusion, hallucinations, unsteadiness, fatigue and diarrhea. Before using this oil you need to patch test by placing a few drops just behind the ear. If no response occurs after an hour, then you’re free to use this therapy.
Tea Tree Oil has to be diluted before using skin. Start by using half oil and half water – a 50/50 solution and see how that works. After that you can add more or less depending upon your preference. Rather than water, aloe vera can be used to dilute or if you want more hydration try using a carrier oil such as Jojoba.
- Place your 50% dilution in a small bowl
- Wash your face with a gentle cleanser, rinse with cool to luke warm water and pat dry
- Saturate a cotton ball with the solution and apply to your entire face
- Let it dry and don’t rinse
- Use this toner 2x/day – in the morning and before bedtime.
Please discontinue use if you are feeling any discomfort. Wash face with a mild cleanser, pat dry and apply a small amount of oil free moisturizer
Australian Tea Tree Oil is a simply the best solution for acne if you would like to go the all natural path. Using this natural toner a couple of times each day will help cure your pimples while preventing new blemishes from forming. You’ll have to experiment with the right dose amounts which suit your skin. My proposed dilution works for me but you will need less or more depending on the seriousness of your acne. Keep in mind the Tea Tree Oil isn’t a quick fix and as such requires your patience. If you want faster results then try this comprehensive 100% natural acne treatment system.