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Which Essential Oil is Best for Acne?

Acne is known as the most common skin condition in the U.S.; it affects up to 50 million Americans every year.

The fact that it’s difficult to find an effective treatment makes acne even more bothersome. 

Most people turn to prescription drugs that are, unfortunately, full of harmful chemicals. 

Ah, the things we do for beauty…

Alternatively, using essential oils for acne can be effective, yet have little to no negative side effects.

Today, we’ll talk about the best essential oil for acne, Tea Tree Oil. 

What is Acne?

acne skin

If you’re reading this, you probably already have a good idea of what acne is. But let’s get more specific about what it is exactly. 

Acne is an extremely common skin condition caused by chronic inflammation of the hair follicles and sebaceous glands.

The result is that acne causes pimples to develop on the face, back, and chest, and other areas of the body. 

The Problem With Conventional Treatments

Even though some conventional treatments can be effective in the short term, these artificial, chemical-based products can be bad for you in the long term.

The side effects of conventional acne treatments can include dry skin, itching, rashes, peeling skin, dizziness, drowsiness, and many more that we don’t have time to go into.

Why Use Essential Oil for Acne?

Essential oils have been used for thousands of years because they not only remove acne, but they also tackle the root of the problem.

Essential oils have little to no side effects on most people, and they are also gentle on the skin when diluted properly in a carrier oil.

Woman touching her face

What are the Benefits of Tea Tree Oil?

Tea Tree Oil is a light yellow-colored oil extracted from the leaves of the myrtle tree.

Also known as Melaleuca alternifolia, Tea Tree Oil has many skin healing properties that make it a go-to essential oil for acne breakouts.

Many modern cosmetics use Tea Tree Oil as one of their main ingredients to sell their acne fighting products. Tea Tree Oil has the following properties:

  • Antifungal
  • Antibacterial
  • Antiseptic
  • Antimicrobial
  • Antiviral
  • Expectorant
  • Antioxidant

These essential qualities of the oil make it a powerful ingredient that can work on the skin like magic.

Research has proven that the results of Tea Tree Oil are similar to those of the acne treatments that are commercially used by dermatologists.

The main difference is that it is safer and doesn’t do any damage as compared to popular chemical-based treatments.

How to Use Tea Tree Oil:

Always use a 100% natural Tea Tree Oil.

Since it is highly concentrated and in its purest form, Tea Tree Oil should only be used sparingly and only on those troubled spots on the skin where the acne has flared up.

Put a drop or two of Tea Tree Oil on a cotton ball and apply it to the area with acne.

Alternatively, you can use a Q-tip, dampen it with the oil, and apply it on the skin.

You can also add a few drops in your face wash.

Use a spray bottle filled with water and add 10-15 drops of Tea Tree oil to it. Spritz it daily on your face to prevent any breakouts or treat any existing ones.

woman with perfect skin

Conclusion

Acne is one of the most common conditions in the U.S., and there’s no reason to feel ashamed of it. While there are many artificial, chemical-based treatments available, it’s worth trying essential oils as they are usually safer and have fewer side effects. Use Tea Tree Oil correctly and you’ll be on your way to clear, beautiful skin.

What is your favorite way to fight acne? 

Let us know in the comments below! 

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