Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Tea Tree Oil For Acne

Tea Tree Oil For Acne 

Today acne is becoming a major concern. People have certainly come up with ways of dealing with it but sometimes the treatments used may end up worsening their conditions. In this regard therefore, an extensive search for a natural acne remedy was carried out. Among the options found is tea tree oil. So, what is it exactly? It is an extract of a plant that grows in Australia has been used as by Aboriginal people as a topical treatment for many centuries.

What are its benefits and why should you give it a try?

The use of tea tree oil for acne has quite a number of benefits. Gone are the days when people believed that applying oil to a skin prone to acne worsened the condition. People can now apply tea tree oil confidently on their skin. Thanks to the study conducted that disapproved the myth. So, how does it fight acne exactly? Here are some of the benefits associated with its use in acne treatment:

1.) It kills bacteria

Acne starts when dead cells mixes with oil and eventually block the skin pores. Chances are high that bacteria would grow in this mixture. Tea tree oil when applied to the skin removes the bacteria responsible for acne development. It has a powerful antifungal, antibacterial and antiviral properties and this makes it possible for it to fight acne.

2.) It is a natural alternative

There are other artificial remedies for acne but their use can lead to nasty side effects such as burning, itching and peeling. This is because they have benzoyl peroxide that despite its side effects plays a crucial role in reducing inflammation and removing dead skin cells.

To prove this, a study was carried out in which acne patients were grouped into two. One group applied five percent of tea tree oil while the other applied five percent of benzoyl peroxide. The researchers found out that the five percent acne patients who used benzoyl peroxide recovered faster than the other five percent who used tea tree oil. However, they discovered that side effects were more prevalent on those who used benzoyl peroxide than those who used tea tree oil.

3.) It is cheaper

It  is pocket-friendly and thus the best option bearing in mind the hard financial times that we are in. To be precise, it will only cost you between five to ten dollars- a price that is relatively cheaper as compared to other acne treatments. Not only does it guarantee you with complete acne recovery, but also fewer side effects.

You will be required to apply only one or two drops of this oil each time and thus it will last you quite longer. You should however be vigilant to always dilute it when applying on your skin lest your skin dry out! Similarly, you could use a drop of it with a spoon of water or any other ingredient. Applying undiluted oil could cause redness, skin irritation, blistering, itching and overdrying. You definitely would not like to be a victim. Again, be vigilant!

Steps in applying tea tree oil

Now that you are aware of its benefits, it is important for you understand every step followed in applying it to your skin. Here is a step by step process:

1.) Apply the oil directly to pimples

Applying it on the pimples, results in a natural and effective acne treatment. Always used cotton bud and ensure that you apply to a dry skin.

2.) Mix with a homemade treatment

This is normally done when applying it directly is too harsh or that it dries on your skin. You may use aloe vera gel or even honey.

3.) Use it in face masks

Applying a few drops it on face masks will dry out pimples in addition to killing bacteria.

4.) Use it in homemade face scrub

For an effective fight against acne, mix the oil with other natural ingredients. Combine half a cup of sugar, a quarter of olive oil, a spoonful of honey with approximately ten drops of tea tree oil. Take note that this may be rough for people that suffer from cystic honey.

5.) Add it to your moisturizer and treatment

By doing this, you will be dealing with the stubborn pimples. Apply two to six drops but be keen to avoid contact with the eyes.

6.) Add to your bath

This will mostly be suitable for clearing acne on your back, chest and the rest of your body.

7.) Buy tea tree skin care

If you feel that applying it directly is too strong, there are many tea tree based products that you may opt to buy.

Tea tree oil is a natural acne cure which should be used because of its reduced side effects. It is also a cheaper way of dealing with acne.

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