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How To Use Tea Tree Oil To Treat Acne

Posted Oct 16 2009 10:00pm

Melaleuca alternifolia (Tea Tree) - cultivated by Arthur Chapman on Flickr

Tea tree oil is a pure essential oil from the leaves of the Tea Tree (Melaleuca Alternifolia). It is is a potent antiseptic and anti-bacterial that is excellent for the treatment of acne.

Tea tree oil has the ability to kill bacteria thereby reducing acne and preventing them from coming back. If you have noticed, benzoyl peroxide is the most common ingredient of most over-the-counter acne products. But many of these creams or lotions bring about itching, burning or stinging sensation among many other side effects. Recent studies have shown that tea tree oil have the same anti-acne benefits less the painful and annoying side effects.

Here’s how to use tea tree oil to treat acne:

  • Use a drop of tea tree essential oil on acne spots before going to bed.
  • Mix 5 to 6 drops of tea tree essential oil with 1/3 oz. or 10 ml. carrier oil (grapeseed oil) and apply on scars.
  • Use a Q tip to make sure you apply it on old scars only.
  • Mix 2 to 3 drops of tea tree essential oil with vitamin E oil if acne is still red and if skin is prone to acne.
  • If you have back acne, pour 9 to 10 drops of tea tree essential oil into your bath water.

Don’t get discouraged when you can’t see the noticeable benefits after a few days. It may take a little longer so just keep using it continuously for a few weeks and you will see. In an all- natural and healthy way, your acne will be reduced and you can eventually say goodbye to acne forever.

Image by Arthur Chapman.

Tags:Skin Care, tea tree oil

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