We’ve all been there - a quick check in the mirror reveals an angry red blemish has surfaced overnight to ruin the flawless insta-glam look you had planned.
But you’re not alone. With research revealing blemishes and breakouts are fast becoming a normal occurrence beyond our teens due to hormonal fluctuations and stress, if you suffer from the above you’re certainly not in the miniority. But there is a cost-effective natural remedy which could prove to be the solution to all your spotty problems.
The oil is considered one of nature’s best alternative to harsh chemicals like benzoyl peroxide when it comes to treating acne. Plus it can reveal clearer skin, and help banish impurities and excess oil. Read on for our top tips on using tea tree oil.
Why use tea tree oil?
If you're keen on a natural remedy for acne, a five per cent solution of tea tree oil works just as well as the acne remedies containing benzoyl peroxide
The way tea tree oil reacts with the skin is similar to topical antibacterial treatments and creams. Just a small amount of the oil will penetrate skin to unblock the sebaceous glands, disinfect pores and dry out whiteheads, blackheads, pimples and other blemishes.
How to use tea tree oil
The best way is to start with a small area or test it on one pimple. Apply a small amount of tea tree oil on a cotton swab and add directly to the blemish or problem areas. If there is no irritation after 24 hours, continue with this method. If you do experience any irritation or redness then try diluting one part tea tree oil to one part distilled water or jojoba oil. Applying it undiluted on really bad cystic acne will possibly be most effective, but using it added to a carrier oil or even water can be a better choice for those who have very sensitive skin.
Add it to your favourite products
Mix a few drops into your favourite facial cleanser, or why not try diluting it with water and using it as a toner. For treating larger areas, try adding between 5-15 drops of the essential oil to 40-50 ml of jojoba or almond oil (as long as you’re not allergic to nuts). Mix it well and apply to the affected areas on your face or back. Jojoba oil is particularly good for this purpose as it penetrates the skin without clogging pores. A few drops of tea tree oil can be added to any face mask to kill bacteria and dry out pimples. Just remember if you apply it to your face to stay out of the sun—tea tree oil can make you more sensitive to UV rays.
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