Ah Tea Tree oil
I had a difficult and somewhat traumatic history with tea tree oil. When I was 15, covered in rancid hormonal acne, our family doctor recommended tea tree. He was convinced it was the miracle I was searching for. Bought a bottle, and as instructed applied neat directly to affected areas (which meant most of my face).
Oh sweet merciful Zeus was that a mistake. Within minutes my face was on fire. I decided to tough it out overnight. By morning my face was raging and I had literal sores on my face similar to road rash. NEVER. AGAIN.
Fast forward 11 years later. My skin has improved a lot since the teen years, but I still have moderate acne and nasty scars. Yay. Iâ€™m cleaning through the boxes of spot-treatment crap Iâ€™d bought over the years and came across the same bottle of evil tea tree that dissolved my face. I put it on the side in the â€œget rid of pileâ€�, but decided last minute to keep it.
So my main problem was moisturisers. My skin is stupidly dry, but moisturisers seem to make it worse! If only there was something antibacterial I could add! Hello tea tree my nemesis. After washing my face with warm water, I decided to be brave and add a few drops of this stuff to my Simple night cream. Slathered it on, waited for the pain. There was mild stinging on the spottier regions, but nothing fatal. Woke up next morning and my skin looked great! The redness was down, any zits I had popped were not infected, and no new spots had appeared. I decided to expand a bit more. I added some to my cream cleanser on a night were I was rather drunk and couldnâ€™t be bothered to cleanse properly. Slathered it on, wipes it off with cotton wool. Same effect! Calm skin, no new zits.
Now I canâ€™t be without it. The key is to dilute. Dilute like your life depends on it!! While sometimes I alternate what I cleanse with, using a moisturiser mixed with tea tree oil after is my must.
Iâ€™ve recently decided to get braver. Once or twice a week, Iâ€™ll either have a bath or steam my pores. Iâ€™ll throughly wet my face, rub a few drops into my palms and lightly rub it onto my problem areas (cheeks, chin, jaw). Iâ€™ll leave it on for about 5 mins, then wash it off. This leaves my skin really glowing, for whatever reason it gives me a youthful pink-cheeked look. Loooove!
Moral of the story - mix with other products. Im not going to lie, my acne is not 100% gone. I still get spots. BUT, they are less likely to get infected, go down quicker, and I swear this stuff is even fading my scars. I definitely get less breakouts, that includes blackheads, whiteheads, and the dreaded cysts.
Only downside is the potent odour, but other than having to tolerate my boyfriend moaning about how my face smells, who cares!! Definitely give this stuff a try folks, I totally misjudged it.