Tea Tree Oil?

What’s the deal with tea tree oil as an acne treatment? Derived from an Australian plant, tea tree oil is used in all kinds of health and beauty products. (Like those expensive but amazing salon quality shampoos that smell amazing.) But recently, I’ve heard a lot of buzz regarding tea tree oil and acne.

 Tea tree oil is antimicrobial and antibacterial. The idea, then, is that applying tea tree oil topically can help kill the bacteria that causes and aggravates break outs. That is great news for those of us dealing with adult acne! Know what’s even better news? People that use the oil report fewer side effects and dry skin than salicylic acid and benzoil peroxide users.

 Definitely worth looking into, yes? So how does this work? Where can I find tea tree oil? Do I just slap it on my break outs?

 Turns out that you can find tea tree oil at health food stores and all over the web. However, applying the undiluted oil directly to your acne lesions can lead to over drying, redness, itching, burning, and a whole slew of other unpleasant side effects. If you’re working with tea tree oil, it’s important to dilute it. A good ratio to keep in mind is about 5% oil to 95% water.

 Another way to use TTO is to pick up one of the many acne products that already contain the extract. There are gels, ointments, creams and moisturizers that all contain tea tree oil available at health and beauty shops. Tomorrow after work, I shall be picking up a couple to try.

 Any suggestions of products that work would be greatly welcomed!

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