Whenever I get an acne breakout, which is becoming rarer these days, I rush to purchase a TON of different products to get my skin under control. I seriously have at least $1,000 worth of half-used treatments in my bathroom, and yet I still buy more and more and more.
Anyway, for my last breakout I decided to try some tea tree oil from Desert Essence. Tea tree oil is not made specifically for acne, but it is supposed to be good at treating a myriad of skin problems, such as cold sores, warts, athlete’s foot, burns, etc. and many people use it on breakouts.
Tea tree oil is very strong/harsh, so you’re not supposed to use it directly on your skin without diluting it first. So the way I applied it was by thoroughly wetting the end of a q-tip and then adding a drop of tea tree oil to that. Then I applied the resulting mixture on my breakout.
Although I could feel a slight burning sensation (not painful at all, more like what you feel with an astringent) that told me the oil was working, I didn’t notice any particularly positive results from this product. My breakout lasted just as long as it would have without the tea tree oil, so I don’t think it was effective at all. However, since it’s supposed to be such a versatile product, I guess I’ll keep it around in case I need to treat any of the other things listed above.
Anyway, if you’ve been thinking of using tea tree oil for acne, you might as well give it a try since the product is relatively cheap. But–don’t get your hopes up because this isn’t a miracle cure!