Though not a life threatening condition, having pimples and acne in the visible parts of the body, especially in the face can be very annoying, if not depressing. A lot of people, predominantly teenagers suffer acne and the personal revulsion and social stigma it presents can have a devastating effect in one’s self esteem. Though there are several ways to control acne, most of the common medications prescribed are synthetically made, which may produce more complications in the future.
If you are the type who is cautious about the negative effects of synthetically prepared acne medications, then turning to NATURAL products is the way to go. Experts around the globe are one in recommending the wonders of tea tree oil for acne.
Tea tree oil, also known as Melaleuca, is an essential oil recognized to possess antiseptic, antibacterial, anti fungal, anti-inflammatory, and tissue regenerative properties, all being useful in combating acne.
There are mounting scientific studies that conclude tea tree oil’s effectiveness against acne. One study conducted by Bassett et al., in 1990, determined that 5 % tea tree oil is comparable to the effects of 5% benzyl peroxide, a common synthetic compound used to treat acne. The study further showed that compared to benzyl peroxide, tea tree oil has fewer side effects than its synthetic counterpart. Another study also showed that the chemical components found in tea tree oil are active in killing Propionibacterium acnes, the bacteria involved in the formation of acne (Raman et al., 1995).
How To Use Tea Tree Oil For Acne
Using tea tree oil for acne definitely offers a lot of advantages. For one, you can expect lesser side effects, as it is a natural product derived from nature itself. Another advantage goes with the fact that it is very easy and simple to use. Here are some ways to use tea tree essential oil for acne.
- Direct Application – Pour a few drops of tea tree essential oil in a cotton ball, cotton pad, or tissue, then gently dab it into the affected area, leaving for a few hours or overnight. Pimple redness and swelling should decrease after a few hours.
- Face Mask – Incorporate 3-4 drops of tea tree essential oil into a natural face mask. Leave for 20 minutes, then rinse thoroughly.
- Face Wash – Mix castile soap, Argan oil, and tea tree oil, and then place in foaming bottle. To use, wet face and scrub with foaming face wash.