Somehow everyone can use the miraculous tea tree oil except people with sensitive skin, because well it burns our skin and might make it worse. but as a person who just won’t stop trying skincare products and essentials who also has sensitive skin i found a way to make it work for me.
Tea tree is one of the best and most effective essential oils in treating skin conditions. It is produced from a shrub-like tree in Australia and the natives have been taking advantages of its healing benefits. It is used in treating all forms of acne
Over the years, tea tree has been a very popular ingredient in skin creams, hair, nails soaps and even in massage rooms. Tea tree is richin anti-bacterial, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. And due to itswide healing properties, people have resolved to use 100% tea tree oil to reap the most benefits. But due to its concentrated form itis not recommended for sensitive skin.
People with sensitive skin have a lot of reactions tocosmetic products. Their skin is very delicate and any harsh substance cancause severe skin injury. In order to know if your skin is really sensitive, itis advised to visit a dermatologist first because dermatologists say that most people think they have sensitive skin because of reaction toa certain product, not because they actually do. So a patch test isrecommended.
Due to the nature of sensitive skin, concentrated products, even natural ones cause burning. I’ve learnt that the hard way I remember the first time I found tea tree oil. It was sitting on my mum’s drawer and when I read the uses on the tiny bottle I just owned it. It had this really strong smell and I have never heard about it and how to use it, so I just read the instructions on the bottle and used a small quantity when my pimples and allergies appeared, it was during puberty and I just had to find a way to
I always felt the tingles (burning) on my skin and justassumed it was because it was working. Sometimes the tingles became unbearableand I washed them immediately. Until one night I found my skin red and peeling.I was in so much pain and I still thought it was because my skin was just toosensitive.
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I stopped using itimmediately, and after a while I had some acne on my face and couldn’t pass outusing the tea tree oil. I then resolved to finding out ways I could use itwithout hurting my skin.
Here are some ways I found that helped me use tee tree oilwithout hurting my skin.
Diluting with carrier oils
Carrier oils like castor oil, coconut oil, olive oil reducethe concentration of tea tree oil and makes it easier to use. It reduces itshealing strength but it still works as far as you don’t make it tooconcentrated or don’t over dilute. I recommend using the diluted tea tree oilon the whole face and cover with a warm towel for 3-5 minute to steam the face.Wipe with the warm towel and get to sleep. The acne will reduce after 2treatments and eventually disappear.
Diluting with honey
Diluting your tea tree oil with honey helps not only inreducing the potency of the tea tree oil but also in removing those stubbornacne scars left after you treat the acne. Honey is also a great anti-bacterial,anti-fungal and anti-oxidant, it works well with tea tree oil and moisturizesthe skin. Any other damage your skin has been exposed to will be soothed withthe honey. It’s absolutely easy and you can make it under 5 minutes in yourkitchen or bathroom.
Tea tree oil absorbs rays from the sun making your skindouble its risk of getting sunburned. It’s easier for sensitive skin to getdamaged and harder to repair. So protecting your skin is the best way to go.Use sunscreens with SPF of 30 and above.
Instead of using tea tree oil on your whole face and makingyour face at the risk of getting burned. Do spot treatment. You take a cottonswap and dip in the tea tree oil. You then place it directly on the pimple,blackhead or any acne. That allows you to treat it directly and efficiently.
Leaving time between treatments
Most treatments for normal skin are between 5-10minutes. But for sensitive skin, basedon personal experiments treat for 3-5 minutes. Any less is ineffective, higheris greater risk of getting burned or making your condition worse. Also avoiddaily treatments. Treat once daily or once every two days depending on thecondition.
Handling skin with care
Prevention is better than cure. Sensitive skin are not proneto acne like normal skin is, so unless you absolutely need to use tea tree oilor any other product give your skin time and focus on bettering your skin by stickingto a healthy diet, using less make up,avoid harsh products, using sunscreen, exercising and using prescribed productsby your dermatologists.
Acne on sensitive skin could be reactions to other products so find out what the cause is. When that is diagnosed then go ahead and use a diluted form of tea tree oil.
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