tea tree oil

Ingredient Spotlight: Tea Tree Oil

July 10, 2020

Does your skin need a miracle? Tea tree oil could be just that, and more.

Anyone who’s ever had a bout with acne would certainly have encountered tea tree oil at least once.

Touted as a “miracle oil” by a considerable number of beauty experts and skincare enthusiasts, tea tree oil is widely marketed as a topical treatment, not just for acne, but for other skin problems like fungal infections and dermatitis (eczema), and even dandruff.

Tea tree oil is extracted from the leaves of the tea tree, which is native to the Land Down Under, specifically in the northeastern coast of New South Wales. Tea tree is now grown in plantations for commercial use, but long before that, the Aborigines — native people of Australia — were already using it as a natural medicine. They would crush the leaves and soak them to create an infusion, which they apply directly on wounds as a natural antiseptic.

Modern science has made tea tree oil available almost everywhere now, both as a pure essential oil and as an active ingredient for cleansers, moisturizers, and plenty of other personal care products. Here’s why:

It has powerful anti-bacterial properties

This is the main reason why tea tree oil is a widely-used acne treatment! It kills and reduces acne-causing bacteria on skin, just like benzoyl peroxide, another popular acne-fighting ingredient.

It helps quell inflammation

Acne is a kind of inflammation of the skin, and the anti-inflammatory agents in tea tree oil can help soothe it.

It promotes skin healing

With its combined anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory functions, tea tree oil helps promote your skin’s natural healing processes. This works not only on acne, but also on cuts and wounds and other skin concerns.

If you’re considering trying tea tree oil as a topical acne treatment, be sure that you purchase only from a reputable source. Although it’s a natural ingredient that’s considered generally safe, it can do more harm than good if it’s not completely pure. And if your skin is particularly sensitive, tea tree oil may still be too strong — so directly applying it to your skin may cause an adverse reaction.

That said, rather than using it on its own, the safer route would be to go for products with tea tree oil in the formulation — like SMACNE! Try it risk-free for 30 days (just cover $7.95 for shipping), and let us know how it works for you!

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