Published on May 10th, 2012 | by No Artificial
Tea Tree Oil Acne Treatment Method
Acne affects many people around the world from teenagers to adults and can be one of the most embarrassing and upsetting skin conditions.
There are numerous over the counter acne treatments available today. Most of them contain benzoyl peroxide, a ingredient formulated many years ago that helps slough off dead skin cells and decrease inflammation. Benzoyl peroxide works for many people well. However, there are still some individuals who are highly sensitive to it.
In certain cases, these medications can even make acne more serious. For those with sensitive skin or those who want an alternative to benzoyl peroxide, some experts recommend tea tree oil.
What Is Tea Tree Oil?
Tea Tree oil is produced from the Melaleuca alternifolia tree which is native to Australia. The oil is extracted by steam distillation of the leaves of the tree and has been traditionally used by Australian aborigines for hundreds of years.
It has become so popular that these days it is grown practically all around the globe and recognized for its antibacterial, antifungal and anti -viral qualities and has a wide range of uses.
A small number of studies have discovered it specifically effective against acne. One research performed by researchers at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Australia, involved 124 acne sufferers. Some of them had to apply a 5% tea tree oil treatment each day, and others used a 5% benzoyl peroxide solution. Both treatment options had a similar results. The tea tree oil worked less quickly than the benzoyl peroxide, they concluded, but it also developed a lower number of side effects.
How to Use Tea Tree Oil?
Tea Tree Oil can be used in several forms in soaps, facial cleansers, in blemish sticks and it is generally applied topically to the affected areas. Tea Tree Oil should not be used pure, if bought in its natural form. I can be mixed with other essential oils like olive, grape seeds, apricot, almond or avocado oil. 1 ounce (2 tbs) tea tree oil to 4 ounces (1/2 cups) or more of the oil of your preference, and applied on the face. Once or two times a day is all that is needed to cure acne with Tea Tree Oi. More than that can aggravate the skin.
Bassett IB, Pannowitz DL, Barnetson RS. A comparative study of tea-tree oil versus benzoylperoxide in the treatment of acne. Med J Aust. (1990)