Almost 17 million people in the United States suffer from acne. Most people who have acne are teenagers and young adults whose hormonal fluctuations cause skin to react. There are also many people who suffer from adult acne due to genetics, hormones, or reactions to certain diseases or medications. There are many different types of acne treatments on the market, many of which are chemically based cleansers and ointments. While these treatments work for some people, they often dry out and irritate the skin. There are however, some organic treatments on the market that are gentler on sensitive skin.
New tea tree oil acne treatments offer a more natural remedy. Tea tree oil is an essential oil made from the extract of a type of myrtle plant indigenous to Australia. Its antimicrobial and anti-fungal properties makes it an excellent way to treat skin problems. It kills acne-producing bacteria in the skin while drying out white heads and black heads. It also has soothing and moisturizing properties that can reduce inflammation and pain associated with acne flare-ups or cystic acne.
Tea tree oil can be used for spot treatment by dipping a cotton pad into the oil and applying it directly to affected areas of the skin. A few drops can also be added to cleansers or masks for an even distribution. One of the best ways to do this is by making your own cleansers and masks out of natural ingredients. Mixing the oil with honey and sugar makes a great natural face scrub. If you prefer not to use a scrub, combine honey, uncooked oatmeal, and tea tree oil for a gentle cleanser you can use daily. Yet another method is to mix the oil into mashed avocado for a soothing, moisturizing face mask. While most people are concerned with facial acne, tea tree oil treatments work just as well on body acne too.
It is a good idea to test a diluted amount of tea tree oil on a small patch of your skin before you apply it to your face because some people may have adverse reactions to it. It is also important not to swallow the oil because it can be poisonous when taken internally.