Tea Tree oil hit it big on the international scene around two decades ago – it was hailed as one of the most exciting things in natural medicine today.
Since then, there have been various studies conducted to check its efficacy and the results have been overwhelmingly positive. It has been proven that tea tree oil is just as effective an anti-bacterial agent as several commercial brands.
So, what does this have to do with acne? Well, some of those studies were to check the efficacy of Tea Tree oil specifically against that of Benzoyl Peroxide. The results were encouraging and positive.
It was found that Tea Tree oil did, in fact, measure up to benzoyl peroxide favorably over the long term, with fewer side effects.
The one downside was that it took longer to see results. On the up side though, the skin was not dried out nearly as much as it was using benzoyl peroxide.
So, what is the answer for those with acne? Perhaps a one two punch is more effective – use a cleanser containing benzoyl peroxide and use the tea tree oil as a toner.
One of the major benefits to tea tree oil as an acne treatment is that it can be applied neat to the skin – there is no need for a carrier cream.
You could, alternatively, mix some Tea Tree oil into a carrier cream to use as a moisturizer. Use around 30 drops per 250ml of cream.
The same goes for oil. You could dilute it in oil if you want to give your skin a major moisture boost. Apply sparingly though, a little goes a long way.
For me, the easiest was to simply use the oil neat and apply my moisturizer afterwards. I don’t like adding oil to my face if I do not need to.
There has been some negative press regarding essential oils – mainly tea tree oil and lavender oil. It was found that these oils led to an increase in oestregen production in small boys. (Not ideal, you would agree.)
That said, it may not be a good idea to use on kids that have not yet reached puberty. No adverse effects were noted in adults. As with anything new, try it out on a bit of skin that no one can see before applying to your face. This is a standard allergy test.