Tip #12: Use Tea Tree Oil to Zap Zits
When it comes to getting rid of pimples naturally and safely, it can be hard to believe an oil would do the trick. Doesn’t adding oil to your skin make you break out?
Not if it’s tea tree oil! This extract from the Australian tea tree is a useful alternative to prescriptions, pharmaceuticals, and over-the-counter chemicals that can kill off acne but can also result in harmful side effects.
Tea tree oil is relatively easy to find these days, in health food stores and natural, eco-friendly beauty supply stores.
What is Tea Tree Oil?
Tea tree oil is an essential oil that is extracted from an Australian plant called Melaleuca alternifolia. The oil is distilled from the leaves of the plant and can be bought in pure, undiluted form. It can also be added to other health and beauty products, such as shampoo, toothpaste, and lotion.
Tea Tree Oil for Clear Skin
Without getting too technical or scientific, the easiest way to explain how tea tree oil helps your skin is that it kills bacteria that create acne. The oil contains a chemical called terpinen-4-ol, which is antimicrobial. That means it attacks and destroys the bacteria responsible for acne, helping your skin stay naturally blemish-free.
When you apply tea tree oil ~ or products that contain tea tree oil, such as face washes, cleansing pads, or astringents ~ to your pimpled skin, the antibacterial properties go to work immediately. Redness is usually immediately reduced, and milder pimples can disappear overnight!
Additionally, tea tree oil won’t irritate the non-pimpled areas of your skin, as long as you use it as directed. That means it’s even easier to use than some laboratory-produced acne treatments, which can highly irritate your skin!
Stuff to Know
- Do not use tea tree oil without diluting it first with purified water. Using undiluted tea tree oil can cause your skin to become irritated, red, blistered, overly dry, or itchy.
- Spot test before using tea tree oil on your face, head, or body, especially if you have sensitive skin or are prone to irritation and/or allergies.
- Severe breakouts can be the result of an underlying health issue. If your skin has broken out suddenly, if you have severe or cystic acne, or if you are worried in general about the state of your skin, please do not use tea tree oil. Make an appointment with a dermatologist, a naturopath, or your doctor.
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Questions for readers:
Have you ever used natural acne remedies, such as tea tree oil?
Are you familiar with other health and beauty uses for tea tree oil?