Tea Tree Oil can be an awesome spot treatment for speeding up healing of pimples and breakouts, but there’s certain things you need to watch out for, and not do.
Recently I received an email from one of our subscribers, Danielle, asking if she could add it to her moisturizer for a full face treatment for breakouts and acne?
I get asked this a lot because you’d think if Tea Tree Oil is such a good spot treatment, why not just add it to your moisturizer or toner to treat your entire face and prevent pimples from coming back? Easy, right?
Well, when I received this question from Danielle, it instantly gave me flashbacks of my countless DIY experiments that went terribly wrong. I’m talking red face that takes weeks to heal wrong.
I don’t want Danielle, or you, to make those same mistakes.
So when it comes to Tea Tree Oil and pimples, using it as a spot treatment is completely different to using it all over your face, even if you were to mix it with an oil or moisturizer.
Tea Tree Oil is strong. I would actually go as far to say that ALL essential oils are strong, and if you use them the wrong way, it can do more harm than good.
What comes to mind when I think of overusing Tea Tree Oil is it can potentially irritate your skin, dry it out, throw your skin’s ph balance off, interfere with your skin’s moisture barrier, and make your skin more susceptible to photosensitivity and sun damage.
When used properly, Tea Tree Oil can be a fantastic spot treatment that speeds up the healing of blemishes and pimples, but I would only use it where it needs to be used, and never on your entire face.
To ensure that you are using Tea Tree Oil properly, and getting all the pimple vanishing benefits from it, check out the rest of this article, and the video with demo (at the top of this page).
Benefits of Tea Tree Oil As A Spot Treatment
- Anti-inflammatory (it will help reduce redness, irritation, and swelling – which will help shrink pimples faster)
- Anti-bacterial / antiseptic (prevents infection)
- Solvent (can breakup the build up of oil, dirt or debris clogging your pores)
How to use Tea Tree Oil to clear up blemishes and breakouts
- Only use it as a spot treatment (can be used neat or diluted)
- Use it at the end of your skin care routine after you’ve cleansed and moisturized your face (this will prevent spreading the Tea Tree Oil to other parts of your face)
- Put 1-2 drops of Tea Tree Oil in the palm of your hand, and using your ring finger, gently dab it only your pimples. Don’t rub, just dab. Allow it to absorb into your skin, and don’t touch your face
- ONLY use it at night (I wouldn’t use undiluted essential oils on your skin during the day, you don’t want to risk sun damage or photosensitivity)
- Use only once at night, preferably every other night (some people can tolerate using it every night, but most people are better off using it every other night to avoid any sensitivity or drying out your skin)
How not to use Tea Tree Oil
- Only use it as a spot treatment, never put it all over your face
- Don’t add it to your moisturizer, facial oil, serum, face mask or toner if you’re going to apply it all over your face (diluting or mixing Tea Tree Oil with other skincare products to make a spot treatment is fine)
- After dabbing Tea Tree Oil on a pimple, never cover it with anything like a bandage or plastic
- Don’t use Tea Tree Oil in conjunction with other spot treatments or other acne treatment products containing active ingredients like benzoyl peroxide, retinols or Retin-A, salicylic acid, etc. Best to use one or the other, not both!
- Never use Tea Tree Oil more than once a day – less is more!
- Don’t use it on your skin if your skin is dry, flaking, scaly, or irritated
- If it burns, dries out your skin, or makes your skin red – stop using it
- Don’t ever use Tea Tree Oil right after exercising. Wait until your body and skin has cooled down before using it (I would wait at least an hour after exercising).
- Take a break from using Tea Tree Oil while you’re spending a lot of time out doors in the sun (like going on a beach vacation).
What about commercial skincare products containing Tea Tree Oil, should you avoid them too?
In general I find commercial skincare products containing Tea Tree Oil to be a little more safer than the DIY recipes floating around. They tend to use less Tea Tree Oil in their formulas than what you see being sprinkled into homemade products.
If you want to buy a commercial product that contains Tea Tree Oil, to be on the safe side, I would only use a product that washes off like a mask or cleanser, and I would only use it once in a while (like once or twice a week). If you have a commercial moisturizer, serum, or toner that contains Tea Tree Oil, I would be very cautious using it. Personally, I would probably only use it as a spot treatment in the evening, and not all over your face.
Will Tea Tree Oil Work For everyone?
Many people get fabulous results using Tea Tree Oil as a spot treatment, other people notice absolutely no difference at all using it.
If you’ve been using Tea Tree Oil as a spot treatment regularly for at least a month, and it’s done absolutely nothing for your pimples and breakouts, stop using it.
I’m saying this because I’m guilty of this. I can’t tell you how many products I’ve used for years and even decades hoping one day they’d work! If they haven’t worked up until now, they’ll probably never work.
I don’t believe in giving up on anything too soon, but if you’ve been using Tea Tree Oil regularly for a month or so and it’s not helping, than that’s enough time to know you’ve given it a good shot and it’s just not for you.
Something like Tea Tree Oil, I wouldn’t needlessly be putting it on your skin unless it’s really helping.
Where to buy Tea Tree Oil?
Tea Tree Essential Oil is pretty easy to find. Anywhere that sells essential oils will sell Tea Tree Oil. You can buy it at a health food store, natural beauty boutique, specialty stores, or online. I always buy my essential oils from Living Libations, I trust that they are 100% pure and of the highest quality. Click here to shop Tea Tree Oil.
What about you?
Have you used Tea Tree Oil to heal blemishes or breakouts? Did it work for you? Let us know, please post in the comments below.
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