A tea tree oil acne remedy as mentioned before on a previous post is by far one of the best home remedies for acne when applied correctly. It also takes the right ingredient to dilute it with to get the most out of this effective all natural acne remedy.
A nine to one ratio of water to tea tree oil for acne is safe to use as a cleansing pad but there are better options. The best option to take full advantage of tea tree oil is to dilute it with aloe vera gel and apply it gradually. Another option is to use carrier oil to dilute tea tree oil, but this causes the tea tree oil to lose the drying effects it has. The drying effects of tea tree oil are one of its best properties for treating acne. Carrier oil are natural moisturizers such as jojoba, extra virgin olive oil, and almond oil. Over moisturizing while applying tea tree oil will lessen the effects it has on the overproduction of oil. Another benefit to using aloe vera gel or carrier oil to dilute tea tree oil is that it is safer to use because it mixes more evenly than it does in water. Do not use tea tree oil undiluted on the skin even in small amounts otherwise it can have serious side effects.
Tea tree oil acne benefits.
The main benefit of using tea tree oil for acne is that it is all natural. Of course getting rid of all types of acne including pimples and blackheads is the best benefit of tea tree oil, and it accomplishes this with its anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, and astringent-like properties. A bonus to using tea tree oil for acne is that it will also help to fade dark spots. Tea tree oil will not clog your pores. In fact is has an opposite effect on the skin. The drying effects of tea tree oil help with the over production of oil meaning less acne. When tested along side benzoyl peroxide, tea tree oil had similar effects on acne with fewer side effects. Some of the side effects of benzoyl peroxide that tea tree oil does not have include dark spots, flakiness, and redness. The only issue is that tea tree oil did not work as fast as the benzoyl peroxide. A 5% mixture of tea tree oil was used in the studies. However, we recommend using a 2.5% mixture of tea tree oil in aloe vera gel. A 2.5% mixture is just as effective as a 5% mixture. Less is more when it comes to using tea tree oil for acne. Here is a link to the information on the tea tree oil versus benzoyl peroxide study click here.
Make your own tea tree oil acne gel.
As mentioned earlier we recommend using aloe vera gel to dilute tea tree oil. You can use a carrier oil instead, but aloe vera gel has a drying effect on the skin and will also help fade dark spots. Other carrier oils may have similar effects like jojoba oil mixed in vitamin e oil, but save those oils for later because it is cheaper and more effective to use aloe vera gel. It will also leave less of a shine than carrier oil.
When purchasing your products. Keep in mind saving a few extra dollars on products that are less than 100% pure is not worth the risk of irritation and possible side effects. Only use 100% pure tea tree oil to make this remedy. The same goes with the aloe vera gel or carrier oil you choose to use. Only use 100% pure aloe vera gel or carrier oil to make this remedy.
If you are under eighteen you must have adult supervision to dilute tea tree oil.
Making a 2.5% diluted mixture of tea tree oil and aloe vera gel is easy. Wear protective goggles and gloves to safely handle the tea tree oil and help keep tea tree oil from getting undiluted onto your skin or in your eyes. You may need to use your own dropper if the bottle of tea tree oil you have does not come with one. Add fifteen drops of tea tree oil to 1 fl oz (30 ml) of aloe vera gel in a small container (preferably glass) with a lid. Stir with a clean spoon or glass mixing rod. If your skin ends up being too sensitive to the 2.5% mixture, make a 2% solution by adding twelve drops of tea tree oil to 1 fl oz (30 ml) of aloe vera gel. Do not make batches larger than 1 fl oz. Using droplets is not an exact measurement so therefore the mixture is approximately 2.5% tea tree oil in aloe vera gel. Making a larger batch can make that percentage go up or down depending on how much liquid the dropper you are using is putting out. A 1 fl oz batch should last you half a week to a week and a half depending on how much you use. So make a 1 fl oz mixture of 2.5% tea tree oil in aloe vera gel each time you run out to make sure you are putting a safe concentration onto your skin.
Applying the tea tree oil acne remedy.
Wash your hands before each step. Use one to two pumps of a gentle cleanser that is non-comedogenic (won’t clog pores) and non-irritating to get a generous lather going and gently apply it to your skin. Let the lather gently glide across your skin, and try to apply the cleanser in less than ten seconds. No rough scrubbing or rubbing. Gently pat dry with a clean towel and wait five to ten minutes for your skin to dry.
Before applying a freshly made batch of tea tree oil diluted in aloe vera gel for the first time test the remedy in small increments before applying it to the entire face. Test a small amount on the back of your hand, if no irritation occurs then test a small amount on your face. If irritation occurs after applying the diluted tea tree oil on your face then dilute the tea tree oil with more aloe vera gel. Otherwise apply the tea tree oil to your entire face avoiding sensitive areas such as the eye brows, eye area, and keep a quarter inch away from the mouth. When applying the tea tree oil acne treatment use a touch that barely glides across skin until the remedy has completely absorbed into your skin. Barely touch your face as the diluted tea tree oil glides across your skin until it is completely rubbed in. Wait five to ten minutes for the diluted tea tree oil to dry.
After letting the diluted tea tree oil dry use a full pump of a non-comedogenic moisturizer applying it with the same gentle glide mentioned for applying the moisturizer as the cleanser and remedy.
Apply the tea tree oil acne remedy in gradual amounts.
In order to get the most out of this remedy you need to let your skin get used to it gradually otherwise the drying effects will be too harsh and likely cause irritation. Use the following table as a guide to gradually apply tea tree oil.
|Week||First week||Second week||Third week||Fourth week and beyond|
|Amount||Less than teaspoon|
|A little more than teaspoon|
|A little more than teaspoon|
|A little less than teaspoon
|Time(s) of day to apply||Nightly only||Morning and nightly||Morning and nightly||Morning and nightly|
After the fifth week of using the tea tree oil acne remedy, if you have severe acne you can up the dosage to a little less than one and a quarter teaspoon. If you don’t have severe acne you can use a little bit more than one tea spoon to apply the treatment on your face and neck. Continue using diluted tea tree oil in aloe vera gel for three to five months (sometimes longer) while following an acne routine to get clear skin from using the tea tree oil acne gel. Try using tea tree oil after a face steam once a week so the effects of the oil can penetrate the skin more deeply and more effectively get rid of blackheads and acne causing bacteria.