This is my all time life saving product! I have battled with acne on my face for the past year, working in office air, and this product has really cleared it up. I was given benzoyl peroxide by the doctor but it doesn't not have anywhere near the power of tea tree oil. I only came across this product by chance, at a sale, and I wish some one had mentioned it to me a year ago!!! The healing powers of this product should be known to everyone and even taught in school! I use very high-end products (La Prairie, Creme De La Mer and Sisley), this product is worth a lot more to me than any of them. The little bottle will last me for a good two-three years. Totally worth it.
This review is not for 100% tea tree but diluted tea tree oil. Tea tree oil itself has natural anti-bacterial, anti-fungal properties. Keep in mind that tea tree oil is an essential oil so they're meant to be mixed with a carrier oil such as almond oil (which is what I use but you can also substitute with olive oil). Since they're both oils they mix perfectly so you get a homogeneous solution. I personally use a 1/2 dilution so 50% almond oil and 50% tea tree. In the future (when I can afford it) I hope to mix it in a 33% almond oil, 33% tea tree and 33% vitamin e oil as vitamin E oil is known for reducing scars and fading out any marks on the skin. For the 1/2 dilution...the results? Glowy, smooth and soft skin, no appearance of new blemishes and the fading of old spots left from past blemishes.
For the record, I do not have acne but I have terribly uneven skin and spots from past blemishes that don't seem to fade. That and SUPER sensitive skin. Basically I have to wear foundation if I want to step outside the house looking descent. After using this regime I can go out without foundation because the concoction of oils seems to diffuse the blemishes and gives this wonderful evenness to my skin.
My routine for the past 4 weeks has been to cleanse my skin using Clean and Clear's 3 in 1 cleanser which has terrible reviews on MA but imo contains salicylic acid which in itself is a chemical exfoliator. Because the cleanser provides a nice deep clean my skin becomes dry if I do not immediately moisturize...so what do I do? I moisturize with my oil mixture and skin starts to even out after a couple hours.
Keep in mind that you should only use this oil immediately after cleansing otherwise your face will be an oil slick. Even with this procedure your face will be on the shiny side but in a healthy non-oil slick sort of way. Blot out any excess with a clean tissue and if you find it too oily use it only as a night treatment. OVERALL: I see myself using this years from now, especially in the winter months because of the great results and lack of negative reactions. The only bad side is the price of the tea tree oil. I paid about 15 dollars for a 50mL bottle but considering that I dilute it, and the fact that you only need 3-4 drops for the entire face, I think it's well worth it. Another tip is to use an old cleaned out serum pump so its sanitary and prevents contamination. I use an old ole henrickson vitamin C serum pump which I find perfect! I hope everyone finds tea tree as helpful as it was for moi!
My husband had alopecia on his scalp, which means he was losing his hair is patches. We went to the derm and were told the only cure is to have steroid shots inserted into your scalp. OUCH! I knew that tea tree oil is good for fungus, and alopecia is a type of fungus, so we started rubbing it into the bald spots on his head. After a few weeks, his hair came back, and it looks just like normal again now!!
i bought the 100 percent tea tree oil from rite aid, i think the brand was acu-life. It didnt come with a dropper, which would've been nice but that's my only complaint. i've been using this for spot treatment and also as a toner. i just get a cotton swab wet with a little water, then a tiny bit of tea tree oil and put it all over my face. it really takes away the oil on my skin and makes pores appear smaller, also reduces the redness in my skin. the smell is pretty harsh in the beginning but it goes away within a few minutes, but i've gotten used to it. i'll buy this over and over again!
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.
I've been using Tea Tree Oil for a little while now, I'm on my second bottle. And it does work. It's not a miracle product, but I gave it a 5 because I do think it's so essential for all of all the uses it has and because it's such a nice simple way to treat acne. It IS strong, and can burn, so if you use it as a spot treatment and/or are brave, it can be ok, but if you use it ALL OVER like an astringent, PLEASE dilute it with witch hazel!!! I used it as a spot treatment for ages but when I tried to go all over, ow. I survived, it didn't break me out and only stung for a few minutes, but I read to add about 1/10 Tea Tree Oil for each 9/10 or more witch hazel. Much better and still effective. Witch hazel alone is a joke (for me) but I'm slightly sensitive yet break out a little so this combination works. SO much better than clindamycin and benzyl peroxide for me, ug. It dries me out a bit around the mouth but if you have a moisturizer that's good and actually absorbs, it should be fine in the am. :)
Also, if you eat food right after putting this on, it makes your food taste funny (because of how smell and taste effect each other) lol. Just be warned!
Overall one of my favorite and most effective acne cures. Time tested. It helps so much more than many manufactured products.
So, I used to use Tea Tree oil everyday after cleansing. I wold put a little on a cotton ball, add water and use it all over my face. I was literally blemish free for years!
As I got older, I strayed and tried all different kind of face washes, lotions and potions and now I must come back to this.
So weird too, I was using this stuff about 8 years ago and not everyone seemed to know about it. I am so glad the secret is out. It really does help keep your skin clear.
I can't believe I was spending $30 on cleanser. I think I just need to go back to my old regimen.
I also just heard abut exfoliating gently with Baking Soda. I think I will be going back the the more natural side of things. People used to always tell me that my skin looked great. Now it is just so/so and I am getting older.
Tea tree oil, I am coming back to you.
I also hear it works for dandruff and athletes foot.
I'm on my 2nd or 3rd bottle of the Thursday Plantation Tea Tree Oi. 25ml for under 20$ AUD. Heals and dries out pimples quickly. Im lucky enough not to suffer from many spots sometimes hormal/stress related. normally only 1 or 2 at a time, I apply with a cotton pad or bud and let it soak up, easy enough to do for a couple of days. fixed.
1/2 ounce purchased from MotherNature.com at $5.77 Brand: Tea Tree Therapy. My bottle came with a built in dropper (I've read others that didn't) perfect for dripping it onto a Q-Tip, which is how this should be applied. By the way ladies, PLEASE DONT BUY THE CHEAP WALMART BRAND. No good will come of it and you'll only be disappointed when you do not see any results. Tea Tree Oil is THEE way to spot treat pimples. Two days ago 5 pimples flared their ulgy heads along my chin line. Today, they are gone. This stuff is very drying which is why it is only used to spot treat with a Q-tip. You can apply it as much as you'd like. Actually, the more often you can apply it, the better. It does have a very strong odor but A.) you'll get used to it, expecially knowing the results it provides you'll learn to deal with it and B.) The odor fades within 30 minutes of applying it. Great great stuff ladies! Best part is, its completely natural!
I bought an ounce of tea tree oil (melaleuca alternifolia) from Garden of Wisdom. It has been THE ACNE TREATMENT for me. I remember using it in junior high but could never get past the smell. Many years later, I realize the beauty of this oil: so simple, CHEAP, and it works! I plan on using this instead of expensive acne treatments (I think I've tried them all...good grief). It's tried and true. I'm beginning to appreciate the simplicity in skin care through natural essential oils and the like. Fantastic!
ETA on 8/4/2008: I hear that Manuka Tea Tree oil is less aromatic (in a good way!) and more effective on breakouts. I'm going to give it a try once I go through this bottle.