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Tea Tree Oil: The Natural Acne Solution

If you’re looking for a natural acne-fighting super ingredient for unclogging pores and banishing bacteria, try tea tree oil. This versatile essential oil is the perfect addition to your skincare routine, soothing irritated skin, and leaving you with a clear, radiant complexion.

Tea tree oil, or melaleuca oil, comes from steaming the leaves of the Australian tea tree. This oil should only be used topically as it is toxic when swallowed.

The Benefits
  • The oil is known for its anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties, making it a popular choice for treating and preventing acne. The oil's antimicrobial properties help to kill bacteria that can cause acne, while its anti-inflammatory properties reduce redness and swelling associated with breakouts.

  • In addition, tea tree oil can help to regulate oil production, preventing excess oil from clogging pores and leading to further breakouts.

  • Another benefit of tea tree oil is its ability to reduce the appearance of scarring and other post-acne marks. It can also help to promote collagen production, which can improve the appearance of scarring over time.

Using tea tree oil

It is important to dilute the oil when applying to the skin with a carrier oil, like coconut or almond oil, in a 1 to 12 ratio– one drop tea tree to 10-12 drops carrier oil. Tea tree oil applied directly can cause irritation and redness. It can also be added to a facial cleanser or moisturizer for added benefits.

Like any new skincare ingredient, be sure to do a patch test before applying all over the face or body. Avoid using tea tree oil if you have skin conditions like eczema or consult with your dermatologist before applying.

Adding it to your routine

Tea tree oil can be used with sheet mask treatments to target oily or acne-prone skin. It is best to apply the oil after cleansing and toning the skin, but before applying the sheet mask. This allows the tea tree oil to penetrate the skin and work its magic before being sealed in by the sheet mask.

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