Tea tree oil is one of the best natural ways for dealing with that annoying acne on your skin, but it does not need to be applied directly. This article goes over some easy and creative recipes for using the oil to fight facial acne.
1. Create your own face scrub
You can prepare your very own homemade scrub by using some of the same ingredients you already have in your kitchen and use in your daily cooking.
In a small container, mix a tablespoon of honey, ½ cup of sugar, around 10 drops of tea tree oil, and ¼ cup of olive or sesame oil. Ensure that your face is damp, then rub this mixture onto your face in a circular motion, repeating this action for 2-5 minutes. Wash this mixture off using warm water, then pat your face dry.
To avoid having to repeat this process every time you may need the face scrub, you can prepare the mixture in bulk and store it, since both honey and oil act as natural preservatives.
It is also important to note that this recipe is recommended for cases of mild to average breakouts. It can cause a negative reaction for someone with cystic acne.
2. Create your own blemish cure
You can also prepare a homemade blemish cure if your skin reacts negatively to the undiluted tea tree oil. If your skin is showing signs of irritation, such as drying or peeling, then it is time to prepare and try this improvised spot treatment.
To make the treatment, combine several teaspoons of aloe vera or raw organic honey with a few drops of tea tree oil. Mix well, then rub the preparation directly onto a pimple.
Honey is important in fighting bacteria, and it also helps promote the skin’s natural healing process.
3. Add the oil to your bath water
Bathing in water that contains tea tree oil is one of the most effective ways of ensuring that all parts of your body that are affected by acne come into contact with the oil, including your face, back, and chest.
The oil is also helpful when you have a cold since it adds a pleasantly scented smell to the warm water that also helps decongest your nostrils.
4. The oil can work with a face mask
Tea tree oil can be used with your favorite face mask from the store. Simply add several drops to the premade mask. You can also use tea tree oil when preparing your own homemade face mask.
One of the easiest preparations is to mix together ¼ cup of pure yogurt, and then add 5 drops of the oil. Mix thoroughly. After this, apply the mixture to your face, so that it becomes a mask. Give it 15-20 minutes to work, then wash the mask off using warm water.
You can also mix 1 teaspoon of jojoba oil with 3 drops of tea tree oil. Place this mixture in another container with half a tomato that is finely chopped. Stir and mash everything together. You can them apply the purée to your face to create a face mask. After leaving it for 10 minutes, wash the mask off with warm water. Finally, pat your face dry.
A third option is to create a paste by mixing 2 teaspoons of green clay powder with 4 drops of tea tree oil. Add water to this mixture, and then stir so that it becomes a fine paste. Rub the preparation evenly onto your face, then wait 20 minutes for the clay to dry. After 20 minutes, wash it off using warm water, then pat your face dry.
5. You can add it to your moisturizer or cleanser
If you suffer from dry skin, you can try adding 2 drops of the oil to your moisturizer and apply it twice a day, or every two days, depending on how your skin reacts. You can also use it with your cleanser to deal with problematic skin spots.
And, please remember: do not let it anywhere near your eyes!
What is the best brand of oil?
Remember that Australian essential tea tree oil is the way to go. If you live in the UK, US, or Canada, you can look for the brands Plant Therapy, Aura Cacia, Young Living, Eden’s Garden, Essential Vitality, or CVS Melaleuca Alternifolia.
For those in Australia, the Thursday Plantation brand is a great option. Other quality brands include Tea Tree Wonders and All Desert Essence.
What else should I know?
Just like any other medicine, tea tree oil should be used cautiously, in order to fully enjoy its benefits.
- It is recommended that you dilute this oil with aloe vera or water to prevent a possible reaction and symptoms of itching, blistering, skin irritation, redness, or dry skin.
- Pregnant or breastfeeding women, as well as children, should not use this oil. Those with eczema should also avoid using it.
- Do a skin patch test before using the oil, to check if you might have an allergy reaction to it.
- The oil should never be ingested or consumed; it is meant only for external application on the skin.
- Ensure that the oil you are using is 100% pure to avoid potentially harmful additives.
- If you experience itching, rashes, or blistering, then stop using the oil.
- To experience the best results, ensure that you exercise regularly and maintain a balanced diet. Drink lots of water to remain hydrated, stay away from carbohydrates and sugar, and consume lots of vegetables and fruits
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The above methods for incorporating tea tree oil into your daily activities at home can be of great use the next time that acne strikes. Remember that tea tree oil not only fights acne but contributes to the general wellness of your skin; therefore, this article should be a challenge for you to take better care of your skin overall.