Tea tree oil is a great natural alternative to using chemical based acne treatments. In fact, in studies tea tree oil is proven to have fewer side effects than products containing benzoyl peroxide. While there are many acne treatments in stores that use tea tree oil, they are expensive and often don't use the right amount. Making your own tea tree oil acne remedy is simple, inexpensive, and ensures results.
Things You'll Need
- Tea Tree Oil
- Aloe Vera (optional)
- Cotton balls or tissues
Purchase tea tree oil at a food co-op or pharmacy. A vial of tea tree oil usually costs between $8 and $10 dollars and will provide a month or more of acne treatments.
Dilute the tea tree oil into a 5% acne fighting solution. For example, 1 teaspoon tea tree oil to 9 teaspoons of water. If you have sensitive skin, use ½ teaspoon of tea tree oil to 10 teaspoons of water.
Open your pores with steam by taking a hot shower or boil water and trap the steam with a towel over your head. Opening the pores allows the tea tree oil to penetrate deep into your skin and kill the bacteria that causes acne.
Using a tissue or cotton ball, apply the tea tree oil as a skin care astringent on your face.
Follow with a glycolic acid product for exfoliation which will give skin clarity. Look for a product that contains 5% glycolic acid, although with time you can work up to a stronger concentration.
Tips & Warnings
- While effective, results take longer than with other acne treatments. Be patient and give tea tree oil time. For mild acne, tea tree oil should work within a week, for more severe acne it may take several months.
- Use aloe vera for ½ the water amount for a skin soothing effect. So a 5% solution would be 1 teaspoon tea tree oil, 3.5 teaspoons aloe vera, 3.5 teaspoons water.
- Over time, add more tea tree oil for a stronger solution, but be sure to use it for a week before adjusting the solution ratio again.
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