An effective alternative zit treatment is tea tree oil. An essential oil, tea tree oil is derived from Australian native plant leaves, Melaleuca alternifolia. Tea Tree Oil is able to eliminate zits because of the antimicrobial activity of its terpinen-4-ol ingredient.
Used as a zit spot treatment, tea tree oil has fewer side effects than it’s more popular known counterpart, benzoyl peroxide. Research done in Australia at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital was based on one hundred and twenty four participants over a three month period. The results of the study showed that although the tea tree oil needs a little more time to take effect, the end result was more effective in reducing the number and severity of open and closed zits, with no side effects unlike benzoyl peroxide. Most participants using benzoyl peroxide experienced dry skin, itching, burning sensations and/or periods of stinging.
Even though tea tree oil has a long track record of being an alternative zit treatment, undiluted tea tree oil should not be used directly on the skin. The concentrated form of tea tree oil may cause skin blistering, episodes of itching, drying and/or redness for some people. To be used as a zit spot treatment, tea tree oil may be diluted to five percent. For example you can mix one ml of tea tree oil with nineteen ml of water or carrier lotion like aloe vera and apply to acne.
In addition to be an antiseptic or to treat blemishes, tea tree oil comes in other forms for a wide range of uses. Not only does it help to fight infections, tea tree oil will help to boost your immune system and make it stronger. People have used tea tree oil for many things including but not limited to reducing or eliminating athlete’s foot and dandruff. You can find tea tree oil in soaps, facial cleansing pads, creams, shampoos, conditioners, nail anti-fungal ointments, toothpaste and mouthwash. Diluted in water, people have used tea tree oil for many things.
In addition to doing zit spot treatments, you should incorporate a healthy diet into your efforts to develop and maintain clear, radiant skin. Radiant skin is not only a gal thing but is also an attribute of a sexy, masculine guy. Begin by eating more raw vegetable and fruits. Reduce or eliminate processed foods as well as foods high in sugar and fat to boost your bodies natural healing defenses.
In addition to a healthier diet, leading an active lifestyle can boost your immune system and reduce issues with zits. Exercise can assist your body to properly use the food you eat and get rid of the excess waste. Getting rid of excess waste contributes to a healthier skin and fewer skin conditions like zits, eczema, psoriasis, etc.
Tea tree oil is a natural zit remedy that is one piece of the larger puzzle to living a healthier life.