Tea tree oil is extracted from the tea-tree leaves by steam distilling the leaves of tea tree, which is a native of Australia. Using oil to treat a problem caused by oil secretion may seem strange, but according to research, tea tree oil treats acne just as effectively as benzoyl peroxide and does not cause any side effects. Tea tree oil has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties which makes it anti-septic as well. These properties in tea tree oil are because of terpenoids like eucalyptol, cineole and viri2.difloral etc. The ingredients present in the oil help in fading and lightening scars on the face. Pure tea tree oil is 100% natural and is great alternative to harsh chemicals on the skin. Some might find the oil to be irritating on the skin, so it is advised to do skin test before application. Take a cotton swab and apply it on the underarm and see if the skin there gets irritated. If the skin does not show any signs of burn, itch or redness, then you can use tea tree oil in full strength.
Using tea tree oil
- Preparing Lotion: Take 10 drops of tea tree oil and mix it with 20 drops of rose water. Now with a cotton ball and apply the lotion on the acne affected surface . Leave it overnight. By the next morning, the oil kills the bacteria and starts clearing the skin.
- Face Mask: Make a face mask by adding four drops of tree oil and one egg white. Mix well and apply the mask onto the skin. Leave the mask for 15 minutes and wash it with lukewarm water. Use the method once a week, and you would see lessening in the severity of pimples.
- Cleanser: Use 4 drops of tea tree oil and mix with a cup of water and use this solution to rinse the face. Use it no more than once a day. You will see lightening of the redness caused by pimples.
This is one of the pimple remedies that will help treat pimples, but for cases where a pimple breakout has occurred, it is advisable to visit a dermatologist and take the medicines prescribed.