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Tea Tree Oil for blemishes

What's the best way to apply?  I don't want to fully switch to OCM, but I've been seeing a lot that tea tree oil can help with blemishes.  My bottle says don't apply directly to face though, so I'm assuming I need to dilute it somehow, so I'm looking for a safe ratio.

My skin has been breaking out like crazy, so I thought this might be a nice alternative to try.

TIA!

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Re: Tea Tree Oil for blemishes

  • I'm no help as I apply it directly to my face.  My bottle didn't come with any instructions.
  • I would try taking a hot wash cloth and putting it over your face (like a make shift steamer)  :)  Then I would dab some tea tree oil (on a cotton swab or ball) to your areas with acne. I would not put it all over your face...i made that mistake once and it stung like hell!

    I know Body Shop makes a tea tree line for acne too! I use some of their products (especially the mask) and I love it!

  • I apply 100% tea tree oil directly on my face.
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  • I haven't tried tea tree oil yet, but I keep thinking about it... eventually!

     This is what About.com has to say about it:

    "Undiluted tea tree oil may cause skin irritation, redness, blistering, overdrying, and itching when applied directly to the skin.

    The concentration used in the only study to date was a 5% tea tree oil gel, which was applied to acne prone areas.

    A 5% tea tree oil solution can be made by mixing 5 parts tea tree oil to 95 parts water (e.g. 5 mL tea tree oil and 95 mL water)."

     You can read the rest of the article here: http://altmedicine.about.com/od/teatreeoil/a/teatreeoilacne.htm

     

    Where does everybody buy their tea tree oil? 

  • My tea tree oil says the same thing, but I apply it directly to blemishes.
  • I put some witch hazel on the corner or a wash cloth, add a drop of TTO and apply it that way. 

  • image Mrs.MauiBride24:
    I apply 100% tea tree oil directly on my face.

    This.  And I put it on dry patches on my scalp and really any skin ailment I run into.   

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