Tea tree oil is an essential oil derived from the leaves of the Australian tea tree (Melaleuca alternifolia). Now, there isn´t a dearth of people who swear by the benefits of tea tree oil for healthy skin. We can completely understand why they would endorse tea tree oil. After all, tea tree oil has a proven track record and its benefits are backed by scientific research and reports.
Can you treat pimples with tea tree oil?
Yes, it is possible for you to treat your pimples/acne with tea tree oil. Tea tree oil has numerous healing properties. The essential oil has anti-inflammatory properties that can help reduce irritation, swelling, and redness. Basically, tea tree oil can help shrink pimples faster. The oil also boasts of anti-bacterial and antiseptic properties, helping prevent infection. Tea tree oil has also been found to feature properties that can potentially break up the buildup of dirt, debris, or clogging of your pores.
How can you use tea tree oil for your acne?
You should understand that you should only use tea tree oil as a spot treatment. Tea tree essential oil can be quite harsh when used in a concentrated form, leading to skin irritation. Ideally, it is best to use it at the end of your skincare routine after your cleansing and moisturizing routine. Doing so will prevent the tea tree oil from spreading to other parts of your face.
There are only a couple of things you need to pay attention to when you apply tea tree oil. First, you should put a couple of drops of tea tree oil in the palm of your hand. Then, using a cotton ball, you should dab the mixture on your pimples. Allow it to absorb into your skin, and don´t touch your face. We would advise you to apply the oil once only at night.
- Don´t do this!
As we mentioned earlier, tea tree oil must only be used as a spot treatment. You should never put it all over your face. It is also ill-advised for you to add the oil to your face mask, toner, moisturizer, serum, facial oil etc. After the application of the oil on your pimples, you shouldn’t cover it with anything like a plastic or bandage. You shouldn´t use tea tree oil if your skin is scaly, flaking, dry, or irritated.