As tea tree oil is concentrated, you should not put it all over your face without diluting it with something else first.
You should only use it as a spot treatment on bad pimples and not to cover entire areas of acne as this could dry your skin out, especially on the face as it’s one of the most delicate skin areas on your body.
How severe your acne is will depend on how much tea tree oil you’ll need to use on your skin or at least the strength of tea tree oil you’ll need to use.
If you have mild acne then you may not use such high concentrated amounts on your skin otherwise this could severely strip your skin of its natural oils and cause very dry skin.
For this reason, you may want to dilute the tea tree oil with another oil like coconut oil or almond oil and this will work to keep your skin hydrated as well.
If you have dry skin or are taking acne medication for your skin, then you’ll want to dilute the tea tree oil with a moisturizing oil otherwise you could risk your skin becoming extremely dry and irritated which could also make the acne worse.
However, if you are going to use another oil on your face you should try to consult with your dermatologist or doctor first as some kinds of oil can block the pores and could worsen the acne.
Some good oils to use as a carrier oil with your tea tree oil are squalene oil, grapeseed oil, jojoba oil, and rosehip oil.
If your skin doesn’t agree with oils then just add 2-3 drops of tea tree oil into your everyday moisturizer as the final step in your skincare routine.
You can also mix a couple of drops of tea tree oil into 1-2oz of witch hazel and use it as a toner with a cotton pad in the morning or evening.
To create a homemade face mask for your acne, try mixing the tea tree oil with some clay and rose water, you’ll only need 2-3 drops of tea tree oil for your whole face. Apply a thin layer all over your face, let it dry and then rinse it off.
If you’re going to use tea tree oil on your face during the day, try to limit how much you put on your face as overusing it can cause burning or damage to your skin.
You should never mix tea tree oil with other active ingredients that may be present in your skincare such as salicylic, glycolic or lactic acid, or vitamin c.
How long does tea tree oil take to work on acne?
Tea tree oil can take up to 12 weeks before you start to see a positive change with your acne, sometimes even longer, this is because it takes your skin a long time to adjust to using a new ingredient.
However, some users have noted that they’ve seen a difference in their acne within two weeks of using tea tree oil twice a day, so it will just depend on your skin type and how severe your acne is.
So if you’re currently using tea tree oil to help reduce your acne, then try to persevere and keep using it as it might be taking your skin a bit longer to adjust to the new ingredient.
If you’ve been using tea tree oil on your acne for longer than 6 months and you’re not seeing any improvement then consult with your dermatologist as they might have to give you some prescribed skincare or medication.
As for regular pimples, tea tree oil can decrease the redness and swelling overnight and can help clear up pimples within just a matter of days.
Can I leave tea tree oil on my face overnight?
Yes, you can leave tea tree oil on your face overnight but it should only be used as a spot treatment on individual pimples around your face and not used as an overall face oil as this can dry your face out or even cause a reaction.
You’ll also need to dilute the tea tree oil with a carrier oil if you’re going to use it as a spot treatment.
For every 1-2 drops of tea tree oil that you use, you should dilute it with 10-12 drops of your carrier oil (less if you have very oily skin). You should use your ring finger to dip into the diluted solution and then dab a small amount onto your pimples and avoid rubbing it into the skin.
You’ll only need to apply the solution to the pimple and not the area surrounding the pimple.
If it makes it easier, you can use a clean q-tip to get a more accurate application so you don’t dry out the surrounding area around the pimple.
You should not reapply another layer of the tea tree oil, no matter how bad the pimple is as overapplying it can severely dry your skin out and cause redness.
Applying tea tree oil onto your face should be the last step in your skincare routine as if you apply other products on top it could wipe away the oil from the affected area and also cause the oil to spread on to areas of the skin that doesn’t have any pimples present.
The redness and the swelling of your pimples should have gone down slightly after 6-12 hours but you can choose to reapply the diluted tea tree oil the following day if you think it needs some extra help.
Each morning after waking up from using the tea tree oil on your face, you should wash your face with warm water and use your regular moisturizer or sunscreen.
If you’re going to start implementing the use of tea tree oil into your everyday skincare, then you’ll want to avoid using other harsh exfoliants, cleansers, or acids on your face around the same time as this can lead to dry and irritated skin.
If you’ve picked or popped a pimple then you should avoid using tea tree oil on your skin as you should not apply it to open wounds, broken or flaky skin as it will cause even more dryness and you’ll have to use a lot of moisturizer to dry and rehydrate that area of your skin which could also cause you to break out more.
Is Tea Tree Face Cream good for acne?
Yes, a tea tree face cream can be an effective alternative for people with mild to moderate acne who have sensitivity to more chemical ingredients that is often found in prescribed skincare from the doctor,
A tea tree face cream will already be a diluted solution that is safe to apply all over your face so you won’t have to worry about diluting it yourself at home. These creams will also be balanced with nourishing ingredients to help balance the oil levels in your skin whilst also combatting your acne.
Some tea tree face creams may also contain other beneficial ingredients that will help reduce the appearance of acne more quickly and also help reduce acne scarring.
However, if you have severe acne then tea tree face cream may affect it at all and you may need to try more chemical ingredients such as benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid. Your skin may need stronger skincare products that can only be acquired through a dermatologist.
Is Tea Tree Face Cream good for rosacea?
Yes, tea tree face creams are beneficial for all sorts of skin conditions including rosacea. Face creams that contain tea tree oil are effective against rosacea because it helps to control and eliminate demodex mites which cause the inflammation on the skin.
However, depending on how severe your rosacea is will impact how effective tea tree face creams are for you and there may be other ingredients like hyaluronic acid, retinol, and peptides that will be more beneficial for your rosacea.
Is tea tree gel good for combination skin?
Yes, a tea tree gel is great for combination skin as it’s lighter than cream is so won’t clog pores and produce more oil on certain areas of your face but also because the tea tree solution in the product will be diluted to a safe amount so it can be used an all areas of the face without causing dryness on the most sensitive areas.
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