My previous article about how I got clearer skin reached thousands of my readers. One of their requests is an article about Tea Tree oil—how I use it to dry my pimples, where I purchase products, and why I use them. So in this post, I am addressing all these concerns.
Like any essential oil, Tea Tree oil is extracted from a part of its plant. In such case, from the leaves of Melaleuca alternifolia. Though it’s common name is tea tree, it is different from the tea plant that produces leaves used to make your favorite tea.
The small tree, native to Queensland and New South Wales, Australia, grows to about 7 meters high with small needle-like leaves, paper-like bark, and white or purplish flowers. Aborigines have used it as traditional medicine for centuries. They crush tea tree leaves to extract oil which they use for respiratory relief or skin healing.
Aside from treating coughs and colds, tea tree oil is proven effective to kill certain bacteria, viruses, and fungi because it contains a number of compounds including terpinen-4-ol. It’s said to be the most powerful immune stimulant oil and thus among the most used worldwide.
How I use Tea Tree Oil to dry my pimples
After I clean my face, I dab a tiny amount of Tea Tree Oil on my pimples. I do this at least twice a day, depending on how big or inflamed my pimple is. Although some articles online recommend using cotton, I don’t. I only use my fingertips but I make sure they are sanitized.
These days I don’t get breakout anymore. Thanks to microneedling and chemical peel treatment I got from MC Aesthetics last year. Here’s my blog about it.
When I am about to have my monthly cycle, I tend to have a zit here and there to which I use the essential oil.
|My Tea Tree Essential Oils: Legande, Aroma Vera, PipingRock|
Tea Tree Oil Products I use
So far, I’ve used four different brands. As far as I can tell, they are all effective. You can see the brands below:
What I like about it: PipingRock Tea Tree Oil (100% Pure essential oil) is affordable and yields visible results after a day. The smell is relatively strong but doesn’t bother me at all. It doesn’t sting or burn even if I accidentally applied a lot more than I intend to. I also like the fact that it arrived 10 days earlier than its estimated shipment date.
Where to buy: Lazada
What I like about it: Legande is a promising brand. I am using their other products too. With their Tea Tree Oil, I like how my face feels after dabbing small amounts. It is every bit as good as I expect it. I also like that I can buy it on the weekdays since their sales office is at the west tower of my workplace. Another thing that I like about it is the smell—not too strong but mild and cool—refreshing to my senses. I can also diffuse it.
Price: Php 1,043
Where to buy: Legande Online Shop
What I like about it: Doterra essential oils are famous and relatively costly for a reason. I love that it has the fastest drying property among the four brands I have tried. My pimples heal overnight. I find it effective even if I mix a few drops with water. I also like that it smells fresh.
Where to buy: Lazada, Shoppee
4) Aroma Vera
What I like about it: It is by far the cheapest amongst all the essential oils I’ve purchased. Although it has has a strong earthy smell, it’s good enough to “flatten the curve” LOL I mean to heal the pimple. But I can’t find this product anywhere online. I can just buy directly from the shop in Tektite.
Where to buy: 4F, West Tower, PSE Building, Ortigas
Tea Tree Oil has centuries-old proven benefits. I’ve personally experienced its remarkable healing properties on my occasional acne breakout. It’s the best and quickest remedy I know for pimples. If you haven’t tried it, it’s about time you do. I hope the products I listed above help you decide which to use. See for yourself!