Why Tea Tree Oil Is a Superstar for Wounds, Acne & More
Dealing with an unexpected breakout? You may have heard that tea tree oil can help. But its benefits also extend far beyond fighting acne. Full of antiseptic, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, tea tree oil is lauded in Ayurveda for its many medicinal and cosmetic benefits.
Native to Australia, tea tree has been used by the Aboriginal population for centuries as a healing salve and natural medicine. In Ayurveda, tea tree oil is also used to treat ailments and diseases, in addition to skin conditions like acne, eczema and psoriasis. A powerhouse for both health and beauty, tea tree oil is widely available both in its pure form and in diluted form, especially in skincare products. Whether you’re trying to treat a wound, get rid of a breakout or combat dandruff, tea tree oil can provide a potent natural solution.
Benefits of Tea Tree Oil
It combats acne
One of the most well-known benefits of tea tree oil is its ability to combat acne and promote clear, glowing skin. Thanks to its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, it effectively cleanses the skin of toxins and bacteria and reduces the skin’s sebum production. Several studies have backed up this notion, showing that tea tree powerfully reduces the severity of acne. The result is a complexion that is clearer, brighter and more even.
Many acne-targeting skincare products incorporate tea tree as an ingredient. You can also apply tea tree oil to acne-affected areas by mixing one part tea tree oil with nine parts water. We also incorporate tea tree oil into our UMA Deeply Clarifying Blemish Spot Treatment, which is designed to combat acne and inflammation for a clear, glowing complexion.
It heals wounds & cuts
Tea tree oil’s antiseptic and antibacterial properties enable it to effectively treat minor cuts and scrapes, combating the bacteria that may enter the bloodstream. As several studies have shown, it also promotes wound healing, combating inflammation and speeding up the healing process.
To use tea tree to treat a cut or scrape, you can mix a drop of tea tree oil with a teaspoon of coconut oil and apply it to the affected area after it’s been sanitized. To treat a wound, you can add a drop of tea tree oil to a wound ointment and apply the mixture to the affected area.
It acts as a natural deodorant
Thanks to its antibacterial properties, tea tree oil can also act as a natural deodorant, combating the buildup of bacteria that creates an odor when it comes into contact with sweat. That’s why you may have seen deodorants that incorporate tea tree oil around!
It alleviates dandruff
Tea tree oil’s antifungal properties can effectively reduce the severity of dandruff. One study has shown that shampoos incorporating tea tree oil combat the formation of the yeast that leads to dandruff.
It soothes skin inflammation
Several studies have shown that tea tree oil can treat a wide number of inflammatory conditions, including dermatitis, bug bites, rosacea and more. That’s why we use it in our Deeply Clarifying line, which targets inflammation and nourishes the skin.
It freshens breath
As several studies have demonstrated, tea tree oil’s antibacterial properties enable it to combat germs and plaque-causing bacteria, which lead to poor oral hygiene and bad breath. You can find mouthwashes that incorporate tea tree as an ingredient, or you can also mix a drop of tea tree oil with a cup of warm water to make your own DIY mouthwash at home. Be sure not to swallow it, though, as tea tree oil should not be ingested.
Antifungal, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and more, tea tree is a medicinal and cosmetic powerhouse for acne, bacteria, inflammation, wounds and more.