5/16/2011 / 14 Comments
Tea Tree Oil: My Skin's New Super Hero
Despite the fact that I am closer to 30 than I am to 15, my skin still feels the need to break out. It's pretty clear most of the time, but I do get the occasional spot. And by 'spot', I mean Kilimanjaro sized eruption.
However, I no longer have the tough, hormonal skin I had when I was 15. I can't really use the regular anti-acne products that I used to use because my skin has become so sensitive.
So I've turned to good old Tea Tree Oil. And it seems to be working wonders!
I use SOIL's 100% Organic Tea Tree Oil, available at the Organic Store, Dubai Mall
I just apply a drop directly onto the blemish about two or three times a day. And I'm honestly surprised at how well it works. Most of the spots I've used this on have disappeared within a day or two, no joke.
Tea Tree oil is a natural anti-septic, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal, as well as having anti-inflammatory properties. It's great for me because I am prone to hyper-pigmentation or dark spots and that often result from picking at a spot or using an acne product that is too harsh for my skin.
If you have really sensitive skin and want to try this out, try diluting it with a little bit of organic grape seed oil, which also has mild astringent properties and is great for acne prone skin.
I also use Tea Tree oil on pretty much everything. Bug bites, cuts, scratches etc. It's a great oil to have around the house! It also works great for clearing up sinuses or if you are congested. I like to put a couple of drops in my bathtub when I'm taking a shower. The steam plus the oil works wonders at clearing up congestion.
Not sure if your essential oil is pure? Here's a tip I learned when I was studying aromatherapy:
Put a drop of the oil onto a tissue and leave it for a while. If the oil evaporates and doesn't leave behind a greasy stain, you're good to go! If it does leave behind a big splotch, then it has probably been diluted with a carrier oil to make it a little cheaper.
Do any of you like to use Tea Tree oil? Do you have any other natural remedies for spots?