Let’s face it: everyone wants good skin. While some people swear by a drugstore face wash, others spend hundreds of dollars a month on skincare. Whichever route you choose to take, there is a very good chance that tea tree oil will be present in your skincare routine.
Tea tree oil is an essential oil that is extracted from the leaves of a Melaleuca alternifolia tree, and has been used in traditional medicine for centuries. In its pure form it can cause skin irritation when applied directly to the skin, so don’t just skim the headline and bathe in it. However, in a diluted form, tea tree oil is good for remedying several common skin concerns.
There are multiple benefits of tea tree oil for your skin.
Tea tree oil is antimicrobial, and is thought to have anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties. Due to its these properties, tea tree oil can help reduce acne by slowing the reproduction of bacteria. This leads to fewer pimples, reduced redness, less irritation, and an overall clearer complexion. Tea tree oil has also been shown to be effective in treating eczema, as well as decreasing dermatitis.
Since it is antimicrobial, tea tree oil is good for your overall health. Studies have concluded that, not only can it kill several types of bacteria and viruses, it can boost the effectiveness of other cleaners when they are used in conjunction with tea tree oil.
Finally, it is believed that tea tree oil has the added benefit of being a natural bug repellant. Some field testing has demonstrated that tea tree oil repels insects comparably to synthetic-based, commercially available insect repellents.
While there are multiple benefits of tea tree oil, it should be used carefully. Generally speaking, tea tree oil is good for the skin. However, it should not be applied directly to the skin, as it can cause irritation. Tea tree oil should always be diluted in some way (used in soap, lotion, etc). Some people may react to tea tree oil, even when it has been properly diluted. Before using any new skin product, make sure to do a test patch to ensure you do not have any adverse reactions. Care and proper precautions should be used when handling or working with essential oils, as adverse reactions may occur with improper usage, dosage, etc.
When used properly, there are many benefits of tea tree oil. Not only do its antimicrobial and antiseptic properties help reduce redness and irritation, tea tree oil is also good for enhancing the effectiveness of soap products, and an excellent all-natural option for bug repellant.
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