Acne, the peskiest of skin concerns, meets its match in tea tree oil. A natural ingredient that’s been used in medicinal circles for centuries, this essential oil can pretty much zap away zits overnight. Want to know more about the ingredient you’ve heard of but never looked into? Keep reading.
What is Tea Tree Oil?
Tea tree oil is nothing new. In fact you’ve probably seen it populating the list of ingredients on your favorite skin care items for as long as you’ve been curating your routine.
This powerful and respected antifungal and antibacterial ingredient is produced through a steaming of the melaleuca alternifolia tree’s characteristically scented leaves. If you’ve ever used a product with tea tree oil, you’ve also likely noticed its distinct fresh and medicinal scent.
The Benefits of Tea Tree Oil
Besides the impressive vanishing act it conducts on pimples, tea tree oil also boats antifungal properties, which leads to its usage in numerous medicinal creams and lotions.
What Skin Types Does Tea Tree Oil Benefit?
As this oil’s filled to the absolute brim with strong ingredients, those who have eczema and sensitive or easily irritated skin should shy away from using it. If this happens to describe your complexion to a tee, we recommend using products formulated with centella asiatica, a healing herb, that both protects the skin and discourages pimples.
The Bottom Line
We haven’t even seen half of what tea tree oil is truly capable of. Scientists are still digging into this compound rich derivative and exploring all of its applications.
An efficacious and naturally occurring ingredient that fights off acne and bacteria just as well as AHAs and BHAs, we can always count on this trifecta of terpenes, whether we apply it to our faces through the vehicles of handy sticks, serums, oil cleansers, or creams. This essential oil’s not going anywhere (and hasn’t for hundreds of years.)
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