I also decided to add tea tree oil to my skincare regimen. I have adult acne and it pretty much has me at my wits end at this point. Tea tree oil has been known to have some of the same effectiveness as benzoyl peroxide in regards to acne. I've been using witch hazel as a toner but it didn't seem to clear my skin on its' own. This weekend, I purchased a new bottle of witch hazel and added 20 drops tea tree oil to it. Then, I just applied it with a cotton pad like normal. Thankfully, the tea tree smell didn't linger. I have noticed that my skin is having fewer breakouts so I think it may be working.
|I added tea tree to my toner to|
help with my adult acne
The only thing is, essential oils like this should not be applied directly to the skin. Tea tree oil should always be added to a carrier oil like olive, grapeseed, castor oils or, in my case, the aloe vera gel. In some cases it has been known to cause irritation so discontinue use if this happens. Also, the oil is toxic if taken orally, so topical use only! It can usually be found at health food stores in the bath and body section. I get mine locally at Sprouts or Vitamin Cottage but have also seen it at Whole Foods.