Handy to have onhand for really, really specific spot treatment uses -- e.g. if an enormous zit has popped and I need to put SOMETHING antiseptic on it, but the skin around the zit is too sensitive for benzoyl peroxide and the zit still has too many zitty plans for antibiotic cream. Because it's an oil, it's less drying & frying than BP or alcohol, but it's not moisturizing per se. I use a Q-tip and put a bit on the worst area. It seems to help reduce inflammation and avoid infection, without wrecking all the nearby skin the way BP sometimes does.
I've also occasionally had good results using tea tree oil on areas with stubborn mildly congested pores - skintone bumps, not active acne. It seems to make those spots exfoliate from within the way salicylic acid is supposed to but sometimes doesn't.
DO NOT ingest or get anywhere near eyes or on lips. Seriously. continued >>
My roommate in college used this stuff, and I remember seeing the Desert Essence bottle but never being curious enough to ask about it. Cue me years later desperately searching MUA for tips on battling acne (going off bc is a BITCH) as naturally as possible and finding TTO. This stuff is amazing. Very strong-do NOT use it undiluted except MAYBE as a spot treatment-and make sure your skin can handle it that way FIRST. I personally love the smell, I feel like it indicates how strong it is and how well it is combating the acne on my skin :). I use it primarily as a spot treatment, sometimes a tiny tiny bit (a few drops) with water as toner. As a spot treatment it really works at drying spots overnight and preventing further dirt/bacteria from clogging up my pores. It also keeps me from messing with any spots knowing I've got a little TTO army already working on them! f I was smarter/more motivated/less broke, I would find out how to incorporate it as a regular part of my routine...but there are so many products to look at and yearn for :). I am very happy I purchased this and will definitely repurchase when I run out (though I use it pretty sparingly so I don't see that happening for awhile). A beauty must-have!
I've used tea tree oil for about five months as spot treatment on acne. I know it is doing something because of the strong smell and sometimes burning sensation on my skin if I have applied too much or to a sensitive area.
It is no miracle-product. If I apply overnight, in the morning the acne will still be there, no change.
I think it works like a sanitizer. Often I will put a drop or two on a cotton ball and clean my tweezers and whatever else might contain bacteria.
I bought a 30ml bottle that will probably last me forever. If I ever run out, I probably wouldn't repurchase.
This review is one of those sad, ignorant tales told about how bad a product is but the likely scenario is possibly user-error rather than ineffectualness of the product itself.
I have used the Tea Tree & E spot treatment by Derma E for awhile now... it is very thick and can be annoying to use, and takes patience and time to work, but using it I can usually fight the occasional painful bumps and more severe blemishes. Due to the difficult creme texture but the seemingly successful properties of the TTO in it, I decided to try the pure 100% tea tree oil (brand Cococare, purchased on iHerb) instead, without diluting it and without any real care or caution in the application.
And sadly I can count myself among those with a completely negative skin reaction to it. It dried out one bad pimple I had which I was excited about initially and used it on more smaller blemishes on the left side of my face with some success, but soon thereafter it purged drastically in the same areas, and three weeks later, it still is. :( I've made no changes otherwise in my skincare routine, drink enough water every day and TTOTM is past, and my skin is clear everywhere save for the left side where this was used, where I have a two serious clusters of multiple deep pimples badly near my chin and a less serious (still unpleasant) one on my cheek. My routine is not helping those consistently worsening areas like it is the rest of my skin, it's very discouraging and I don't really know what to do to correct it now. So, my advice is just to really know what you're doing before you use this on sensitive acne-prone skin, and proceed with utmost caution if you do go for it, because I am fully certain this is the cause of these current problems I'm having. continued >>
Tea Tree oil.... I was so lucky to have discovered the wonders of this simple product when I was 18 or 19. This truly is my skin care "cure-all" of sorts. There are so many applications for this product but I really only use it regularly for 3 things.
Acne: I use it as a spot treatment. It's great to use overnight, but it's also ok to use before applying makeup (as long as you let it properly dry before applying). I will also occasionally add a drop to my facial moisturizer to hopefully prevent acne.
Razor Bumps: After shaving, I will add a couple drops to a dallop of body lotion or cream and apply to shaved areas.
Dandruff: Occasionally in the winter time I am prone to dandruff, and to keep it at bay I will add a few drops of the tea tree oil to my shampoo in my hand before lathering. I do this a few times a week. Mind you, it does hinder the shampoo from lathering properly, but the idea is to get the oil on your scalp and let it sit for a minute or two.
hg spot treatment, this thing literally works miracles sometimes. helps to keep my skin even and prevent acne from forming, controls current breakouts, maintains low oil production. it doesn't give me perfect skin because I still suffer from hormonal issues and hyperpigmentation but if I put this on a whitehead or anything broken before bed, it's either gone or nearly gone by morning. I'm not kidding. nothing else has ever had this effect on my skin.
only con would be that excessive use can dry me out during winter months. otherwise a perfect product. I use 100% tto, my 1oz bottle was $8 at walgreens and I use approx .5oz every six months. smell is strong but I honestly really like it! definitely recommend you give tto a try~
Wow I have been using tea tree oil only for a week and I can already see and feel results. My skin feels smoother, less oily and looks brighter. After washing my face at night w/ my clarisonic I tone with witch hazel and then I rub tea tree oil all over my face. Any breakouts I have the night before I wake up with them either completely gone or dramatically reduced. I've been struggling with my skin for over at least 5 years and have spent so much money on products, peels and dermatologist visits, but can say tea tree oil has proved the best results so far. Highly recommend to anyone with oily and break out prone skin :)
TTO has helped me with my face so much. Before I started to use this, my face had a lot of hyperpigmentation (around the tops of my cheeks) and now that's completely gone. My skin is no longer red around there even after I wash my face. I have acne-prone skin and I used to have a little bit of acne around my forehead, not including during that time of month. During that time of month, however, I get very large pimples on my cheeks and forehead. These pimples usually take about a week or two weeks to recover, but with TTO it takes as short as a few days. A lot of people say this is drying, but I apply TTO day and night in my moisturizer by mixing two drops into it and applying it all over my face. I don't rub in the mixture, I just lightly spread it around my face and let my face soak up the moisturizer. It's really helped my acne and my pimples and I'll never not use this stuff! The smell doesn't bother me and I bought the Trader Joe's TTO, but the packaging was atrocious because it didn't come with a bottle so I bought a dropper bottle on eBay and poured it in there for easier use.
It cleared up all my acne bumps and prevented new bumps within one week. My acne is caused mostly by stress. A combination of exercise and tea tree oil and Clean and Clear Persa gel has cleared my skin....... Here is what i do morning and night: 1. Wash face with soap making sure all make up is off. 2. Wet cotton pad, add two drops of TTO and clean my cheek, run the pad under hot water and add two more drops of TTO and clean the other cheek, rinse pad with water and add TTO and clean my forehead 3. Let the TTO set for 10 sec.. make sure it doesn't get in eye.. tilt your head so water runs off the side of your face instead of down to your eyes! 4. Splash your face with warm water several times. This will get rid of most of the TTO, but not all. 5. Towel dry your face and add moisture to areas under the eye and crease of your smile, these areas tend to stretch so they need moisture 6. Add Clean and Clear persa gel to areas with acne. At night add more in morning add less ... it dries clear so it can be worn under makeup. This regimen completely cleared my skin be consistent. Add less persa gel if skin is too dry. Apply moisturizer in the morning after cleansing with TTO if needed. Best of luck!!! <3 continued >>
This is one of my HG skincare products now. My skin got so much better since using it, as i have acne for 11 years now... :-/
I use 100% pure tea tree oil (bio) with no additives. Just be careful, i once bought one that had mineral oil in it (wth???).
I use it pure directly on my blemishes. It decreases the redness and the pimples heal so much faster, without drying the skin too much. Some don't even reach the skin surface... It's antispetic and antibacterial, so it's perfect.
It has a really strong scent but it doesn't bother me anymore, and it's worth it.
I also use it as a toner (i mix 5 to 6 drops with mineral water) and it has decrease my oil production so so much.
I tried benzoyl peroxide and salycilic acid before, and they're not as effective, and they are most likely to dry out the skin, and are more expensive.
Great great product, can't live without it :)