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Is Clear Skin as Easy as a Tea Tree Oil Acne Remedy
The tea tree oil acne remedy is unarguably one of the most popular natural acne treatments on the market, normally sold in health stores and through natural health websites online. Tea tree oil provides a number of antibacterial benefits, but does it have the ability to kill acne bacteria on your skin and protect your complexion from further breakouts?
Tea Tree Oil Acne Benefits
A tea tree oil acne remedy is often recommended to treat breakouts in the skin due to its antimicrobial and antibacterial properties.  This natural essential oil has the ability to kill bacteria, which is precisely why it is often found in natural lotions, toothpastes, creams, shampoos, and even mouthwashes.
However, the question begs to be asked if tree oil can effectively kill the p. acnes bacteria on the skin that triggers chronic and inflamed acne?
When reading natural health blogs online, I saw several reports that tea tree oil has much fewer side effects than using benzoyl peroxide on the skin. Benzoyl peroxide is an incredibly drying acne ingredient that can often cause side effects like dryness, itching, and flaking in the complexion.
Fortunately, tea tree oil is able to kill the acne bacteria in the skin without causing such side effects.
To date, there has only been one notable study done on the tea tree oil acne remedy. In a randomized trial through the Department of Dermatology at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Australia, researchers compared the results of using 5% tea tree oil to 5% benzoyl peroxide to treat mild to moderate acne in a group of 124 people. 
Both of these groups greatly reduced their inflamed acne lesions over a period of three months, yet tea tree oil was proven to be less effective than benzoyl peroxide. However, the tea tree oil acne remedy was again the treatment that caused fewer side effects in the acne sufferers.
In the group using benzoyl peroxide, a whopping 79% experienced severe side effects of burning, stinging, and dryness in their skin!
Let’s check out what several acne sufferers had to say about the tea tree oil acne remedy at the acne.org forums:
It really works and fast, within 1 day I noticed a difference.
This works fabulously assuming you are the right skin type. I am fairly greasy and this works wonders but for some people this may dry you out and may also cause an allergic reaction as it is pretty strong. Be sure to use sparingly, most poor reactions to Tea Tree Oil can be attributed by using in excess.
Tea tree oil saves my day. I used to use OXY with benzoyl peroxide but have found out that tea tree oil is an organic equivalent so I’ve switched. I have oily face so I apply 2-3 drops evenly over my whole face after moisturizing. It stops acne in its tracks, so to speak.
Now that we understand that a natural tea tree oil acne remedy can be beneficial to kill acne bacteria on the skin, I am going to let you in on a little secret…
Acne bacteria on the skin doesn’t cause acne. Shocking, isn’t it? Acne is actually caused by a poor diet that loads the body full of toxins, leading to a bacterial overgrowth on the skin. While a natural ingredient like tea tree oil can greatly reduce bacteria on the skin, it will not treat the true cause of acne.
For the greatest results, use natural tea tree oil instead of benzoyl peroxide to treat your skin AND clean up your diet to get rid of acne for good!
- Wong, Cathy. “Tea Tree Oil for Acne – Using Tea Tree Oil for Acne.” Alternative Medicine – Everything You Need to Know About Alternative Medicine. 20 Sept. 2007. Web. 24 Mar. 2011. <http://altmedicine.about.com/od/teatreeoil/a/teatreeoilacne.htm>.
About the Author: Bethany Ramos is an aesthetician and makeup artist with a special interest in using nutrition to heal and alleviate a number of conditions in the skin. You can find out more skin care and makeup tips by visiting her blog at FacebyBethany.
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