There is a huge requirement for complementary and alternative medicine around the world. According to recent government reports, more than one third of American adults prefer to use natural remedies for treatment of diseases.
Problems related to acne can be embarrassing and stressful condition for people of any age group. When it comes to skin diseases, Tea Tree oil is a popular medicine for treatment of various skin problems including ringworm, dandruff, athlete’s foot and acne.
But, first of all let’s learn..
What is Tea Tree oil?
Tea tree oil is extracted from “Melaleuca Alternifolia” plant. It is also commonly known as “melaleuca oil” found in parts of Australia and becoming a common medicine for treatment of skin related problems.
So don’t let its name confuse you, just like me as I used to think that it’s extracted from tea producing plants (silly me!). ?
Benefits of Using Tea Tree oil
How is tea tree oil food for acne? the answer to this question is it has both anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties that make it a good anti-acne agent. Below are some of the benefits of using Tea tree oil.
- It is an effective for skin infections such as ringworm, dandruff and athlete’s foot.
- It also has antiseptic properties that can be used for treatment of skin cuts, minor cuts, insect bites or stings.
- The product also contains antibacterial, anti-fungal, anti-microbial and anti-viral properties which make it useful for the treatment of infections related to yeast.
- Tea tree oil is also found to be effective as a cough and nasal congestion relief medicine.
- Excellent home remedy for skin itching, inflammation blisters and also helps in soothing the problem related to use itching.
- Applying mixture of olive oil with tea tree oil can help in improvement of skin related problems. Applying the mixture can calm down effects of cuts, burns and rashes to considerable level.
- Reduces corn and warts on skin by applying oil with diluted version.
- Adding couple of drops of tea tree oil can be used while taking bath and helps against any skin allergies by controlling fungus and bacteria.
Research on Tea Tree oil
Various researches have been put into in order to find impact of tree oil and its effect in treatment of acne. Studies in Dermatology of Australia have compared the benzoyl peroxide with tea tree oil effects.
Over the period of months, the results have found that tea tree oil may take some time to provide effects but it has no side effects. On the other hand, products such as benzoyl peroxide can have certain side effects such as dryness or burning.
The reports have shown that Tea Tree oil has been effective in treating mild to moderate acne and helps in resolving problems related to skin if it is used in proper manner.
Risks associated with Tea Tree oil
Tea tree oil is generally safe when applied in considerable amounts as per directions of use. One should use it is limited amounts instead of applying more often.
The product is also capable of developing rash or itching if taken under wet skin conditions or area impacted with more sweat.
Always do a patch test before using it because you might be allergic to it. And the most important thing, keep it for external use only NEVER take it by mouth as it is darn toxic.
Should It Be Applied Undiluted?
Even though, tea tree oil is available in local food stores and even online for sale but one should be careful while applying it on skin. Direct application in undiluted form can cause certain type of itchiness, skin irritation, blistering or any other skin related dryness.
One should be careful while using it. Pregnant women should avoid using tea tree oil or those who are undergoing any specific disease treatment. In case you are still confused about its usage then it is better to consult a certified dermatologist.
How to Use Tea Tree Oil for Acne?
Diluted Tea Tree Oil
One of the most common types of method is adding tea tree oil with water. One can easily rinse face and let it dry for some.
After that you need to add certain amount of water (9 parts) with 1 part of tea tree oil. You can apply the mixture for about 20 minutes before rinsing your face with water ultimately.
Use of Aloe vera gel
Both Aloe Vera and Tea tree oil can be used for killing bacteria and also helps in getting smooth skin. Combination of both Tea tree oil and aloe vera can be used as below.
Add a drop of oil with two tablespoon of aloe vera gel.
Apply the mixture and leave it for around 3-4 hours and then rinse it to make it dry.
Tea Tree Oil with Honey
Mixture of tea tree oil with honey can also be applied for treatment of acne or any other skin problems.
Tea Tree Oil with Plain Yogurt
Yogurt is also having smoothening skin and used commonly for redness. One can wash face with towel, add five drops of oil with 1/4th cup of yogurt. Rinse it for some time and then apply it for around 1 week to see effects.
Olive Oil or Coconut oil with Tea Tree Oil for Acne
Olive and Coconut oils are popular compounds that have both anti-bacterial properties that help in removing toxins from pores and skins. One can add 3 drops of oil with 2 tablespoons of olive oil.
One can even add small amount of Aloe Vera gel to the mixture. Apply the mixture on impacted area and let it be there for around 30 mins. Repeat it daily to see results.
Problems related to acne can be frustrating for anyone. It can be caused due to improper balance of hormones, stress or unhealthy style.
One can make use of natural remedies such as Tea tree oil for acne and other skin problems.
It is important to have patience while using tea tree oil so as to realize the its effectiveness.