31 Jul 2016
Growing up I would always use Tea Tree Oil on my spots. It wasn’t till I was older that I began to dabble in more 'sophisticated' spot treatments, but recently I have returned to the old favourite. For the most part, my skin is generally pretty clear, the only time I usually suffer is around the time of the month, however recently my skin has not been very happy and tea tree oil has really helped.
What is Tea Tree Oil?
Tea tree oil, also known as Melaleuca Oil, is derived from the leaves of the tea tree, a plant native to Australia (this is not related to the common tea plant that we use to make green and black teas). Most people know tea tree oil as a blemish treatment thanks to its topical antiseptic properties, but there are many other ways that you can use the oil such as to treat scars, soothe insect bites. To read 25 everyday uses for Tea Tree Oil, see here!
The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil
The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil* is a fair trade organic tea tree oil that comes from The Kenya Organic Oil Farmers' Association. I have been applying this oil morning and night, using a q tip to avoid spreading bacteria. Although an oil, it is much runnier and therefore dries quickly. When first applied it does sting a little, something I find strangely satisfying - at least I know it is doing something. It helps to dry out your blemish, reduce the redness and within a few days you will see the spot begin to disappear.
The bottle is very medicinal, and the cap is leak proof making it very travel friendly. The applicator itself can be quite hard to use, I often struggle to get the product out - but after practice it does become easier. Although small, the bottle will last a long time as you only need to apply one or two drops morning and night.
I must mention that tea tree oil does not have the most pleasant scent, and it is very strong, however I don't mind it too much and it dissipates quickly. It doesn't help much with spots that have already filled with pus - therefore apply as soon as you see the first signs of a spot. This particular version contains 15% tea tree oil and costs £8 for 10ml, but if you are looking for a cheaper version that is 100% tea tree oil, check out Superdrugs own version for £2.99.
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Do you use tea tree oil as a spot treatment?