We all go through puberty and teenage years. Those are some of the best years for having fun and hanging out with friends, but they are also some of the worst in terms of skin care. One of your skin’s biggest enemies, acne, and acne scars, starts appearing during puberty.
Scars are basically acne that are left untreated, or popped pimples. You’ve probably stockpiled some products while you were young, and you probably still use them. However, today, we will look at a more natural solution for acne scars, and that is using tea tree oil for scars.
Tea tree oil has been traditionally used to treat wounds, skin infections, and other skin issues. You can find it in many over the counter skin care products and cosmetics. However, for those nasty scars, we need something more potent, and that is going straight to the source.
What is tea tree oil?
Tea tree oil is a natural plant extract from a native Australian plant. The oil is usually extracted from the leaves, when they are distilled with steam in order to obtain the oil.
Tea tree oil is a completely natural substance. It cannot be reproduced, which is why it is highly valued, and its price is higher.
Because it is a natural substance, it is valued for its healing properties. Tea tree oil has natural antimicrobial, antiseptic, and antibacterial properties. Because of these, it can be used as a natural alternative for skin issues.
Many years ago, it was used by native Australians to treat wounds. Soldiers were given small bottles to carry with them on the field to prevent infections from wounds and treat wounds.
What are the acne scars?
Acne scars, unlike most pimples, form deep within the skin. These marks become darker as we age. Sun exposure can also darken them.
Simply put, acne scars are a result of inflamed blemishes caused by skin pores clogged with excess oil, dead skin cells, or bacteria. Once the pore swells, it causes a break in the follicle wall. Scars form when the breakout penetrates the skin deeply, and damages the tissue beneath.
The good news is that acne scars are not permanent, and some home remedies can help. Today, we will talk how tea tree oil for scars can help.
Benefits of tea tree oil
There are many benefits of using tea tree oil for skin. As mentioned previously, you can use it for different ailments, not just acne scars.
To understand why it is so highly valued, let’s take a look at the benefits of tea tree oil.
- Tea tree oil contains terpinen-4, which is a natural antimicrobial component that can kill bacteria
- Using tea tree oil on the skin will heal wounds
- You can use it as a moisturizer to restore the natural balance of oil on the skin
- Tea tree oil can penetrate deeply into the pores, and clean them by removing toxins and impurities
- Tea tree oil can reduce inflammation
- You can use tea tree oil as a toner in your daily cleansing routine
- Tea tree oil can soothe dry skin and reduce itching and irritation
- You can use the oil to combat oily skin, as the antiseptic properties of the oil will absorb grease from your oily skin
Does the science confirm these benefits?
You can talk about the benefits of tea tree oil whole day, but unless you have something to back up those claims, a lot of people will ignore them.
The good news is that tea tree oil is one of the more researched natural ingredients. And there are a couple of studies that show its benefits.
For example, a 2007 study confirms that tea tree oil can be effective in treating mild and moderate cases of acne. Another study has shown that the oil has antimicrobial properties, and they are quite potent. Last, but not least, a study in 2015 showed that the oil has clear benefits in treating acne.
How to use tea tree oil for scars?
We are now getting to the main point of the article, and that is how to use the oil for treating scars. We mentioned the benefits, but how to use it. Is it as simple as putting it on your face? Yes, and no.
Here is a quick guide on how to use tea tree oil for scars.
- Before you try tea tree oil on your face, do a patch test. If there are no adverse side effects within 24 hours, it is safe to use on your face
- Dilute tea tree oil with water (1/4 teaspoon with 2 teaspoons of water), or carrier oil in the same ratio as water
- Wash and clean your face. Apply the tea tree oil remedy as a spot treatment to the acne scars
- Leave the oil to stay on your skin for a few hours, or overnight
- Rinse with water and then pat your skin dry
- Follow up with a natural moisturizer like coconut oil to prevent dryness of the skin
Remember, try to avoid the temptation to over scrub or cleanse the skin, hoping it will deliver better results. Rubbing tea tree oil excessively can cause dryness and irritation.
What type of tea tree oil to use?
Nowadays, there are many tea tree oil products on the market. What is important is to get 100% natural, and organic tea tree oil. Look for a product without any additives, and always from a reputable brand.
Tea tree oil formulated at a 5% concentration is best for treating acne and acne scars. Tea tree oil is more effective as a spot treatment. The high concentration and potency of the oil make it bad idea for the whole face.
Possible side effects
Just because tea tree oil is derived from a natural source, it doesn’t mean it will work for everyone. We all have different skin type, and unique skin.
Tea tree oil does not work for every skin type. Same as other essential oils, tea tree oil can cause irritation and sensitivity. Therefore, it is important that you do a patch test before trying on your face.
Topical tree oil is considered a safe product for most users. If you have any reactions, stop using it. Caution, do not use pure tea tree oil. Always dilute the oil with a carrier oil or water. Pure tea tree oil is too potent for the skin, and can cause irritation.