We all know about the use of tea tree oil for skin and hair care, but did you know that it can also help with acne, dandruff, and dry scalp? Tea tree oil is a natural antiseptic and anti-inflammatory agent, making it perfect for treating a variety of skin and scalp problems.
In this blog post, we’ll take a closer look at how tea tree oil can help with acne, dandruff and dry scalp, as well as some of the best ways to use tea tree oil for these issues. So read on to find out more!
What is Tea Tree Oil and where does it come from
Tea tree oil is an essential oil that is derived from the leaves of the Melaleuca alternifolia, a small tree native to Australia. The oil has a fresh, slightly medicinal, and distinctively bushy scent and is used for a variety of purposes, including cosmetics, aromatherapy, and cleaning.
Tea tree oil has been used for centuries by the Aboriginal people of Australia for its healing properties. While tea tree oil is now being grown in different countries, Australia is still the largest producer of the oil.
However, tea tree oil should not be ingested, as it can be toxic if consumed.
The benefits of Tea Tree oil for skin and hair
Tea tree oil has many benefits for the skin and hair. Some of these benefits include:
- Tea tree oil is effective in treating acne. It helps to clear up acne blemishes and prevents them from returning.
- Tea tree oil help to control sebum (skin oil) production, making it ideal for people with oil and acne-prone skin.
- Tea tree oil also helps to soothe and heal the skin, making it a great choice for people with sensitive skin.
- Tea tree oil is effective in treating dandruff. It helps to clear up scalp flakes and prevents them from returning.
- Tea tree oil is effective in treating dry scalp. It helps to moisturize the scalp and prevents it from becoming dry and itchy.
- Tea tree oil has anti-inflammatory properties that help to reduce inflammation caused by acne, dandruff, and dry scalp.
- Tea tree oil has antiseptic properties that help to kill microbes that can cause acne, dandruff, and dry scalp.
How to use Tea Tree oil for the treatment of acne, dandruff, and dry scalp
Tea tree oil can be used in a number of ways to treat acne, dandruff, and dry scalp. Some of the most popular methods include:
1) Direct application: spot treatment
You can use tea tree oil as a spot treatment for acne. Apply a few drops of tea tree oil directly to the blemish and leave it on overnight. The side effects of this method can include irritation, redness, blisters, dryness, and rashes. If you experience these side effects, discontinue use immediately and consult a doctor.
2) Mix with a carrier oil
You can also dilute tea tree oil with a carrier oil like jojoba oil or almond oil before applying it to the skin. Mix 1-2 drops of tea tree oil with 12 drops of jojoba oil or almond oil. Apply the mixture to the affected area. This can also be moisturizing and can help to reduce the side effects associated with using tea tree oil.
Dandruff, dry and itchy scalp
1) Mix with shampoo
Application of tea tree oil to the scalp has been shown to be an effective treatment for dandruff.
Tea tree oil can be used as a scalp treatment for dandruff. Mix 10 to 15 drops of tea tree oil with every ounce (about 2 tbs or 6 tsp) of shampoo. Apply the mixture to your scalp and massage it in. Leave the shampoo on your head for 3 to 5 minutes before rinsing it out.
A 5% solution of tea tree oil works just as well as the common dandruff shampoo ingredient selenium sulfide (contained in Selsun Blue shampoo).
2) Mix with conditioner
Add a few drops of tea tree oil to your conditioner. Apply the mixture to your scalp and massage it in. Leave the conditioner on your head for 2 to 3 minutes before rinsing it out.
You can use tea tree oil shampoo daily. However, if you find that your scalp is drying out, or other signs of irritation occur, use it every other day or every third day until your scalp adjusts.
You can find tea tree oil, as well as, tea tree oil-based shampoos and conditioners at online stores or drugstores.
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3) Mix with a carrier oil
You can do so by mixing a few drops of tea tree oil with a carrier oil like jojoba, almond, or coconut oil, and massaging it into your scalp. Alternatively, you can mix 1 or 2 drops of tea tree oil with 12 drops of any of the carrier oil mentioned earlier and massage it into your scalp.
You can do this daily, but monitor for irritation, and if any occurs reduce to 2 to 3 times a week or discontinue and consult your doctor.
You can find tea tree oil or your desired carrier oil at online stores or drugstores.
The side effects of Tea Tree oil
Tea tree oil is a great natural treatment for acne, dandruff, and dry scalp, but it can also cause some side effects. Some of the most common side effects include:
1) Drying out of the scalp
When used regularly, tea tree oil can dry out the scalp. If you find that your scalp is drying out or that you are experiencing other mild forms of irritation like redness, reduce the amount of tea tree oil you are using or use it only every other day or every third day until your scalp adjusts.
When applied directly to the skin, tea tree oil can cause irritation such as redness, blisters, and rashes. If you experience these side effects, discontinue use immediately and consult a doctor.
3) Allergic reaction
Some people may experience an allergic reaction to tea tree oil. Symptoms of an allergic reaction include rash, itching, swelling and difficulty breathing. If you experience any of these symptoms, stop using tea tree oil and seek medical help immediately.
Tips to use Tea Tree Oil for the best result
1) Use a carrier oil
When using tea tree oil on the skin or scalp, it is important to mix it with a carrier oil like jojoba oil or almond oil. This will help to reduce the risk of irritation and dryness.
2) Cleanse prior to applying the tea tree oil
Due to how scaly and dry dandruff can be, it’s important to make sure your scalp is clean before applying the oil. This will help to ensure that the oil can penetrate the scalp and reach the root of the problem.
3) Do a patch test
Before using tea tree oil on a large area of skin, it is important to do a patch test. Apply a small amount of the oil to a small area of skin and wait 24 hours to see if any irritation develops.
4) Start with a low concentration
When using tea tree oil for the first time, it is important to start with a low concentration. You can gradually increase the concentration as your skin or scalp adjusts.
5) Use it sparingly
Tea tree oil is a potent oil and should be used sparingly. A little goes a long way!
6) Store it properly
Tea tree oil should be stored in a cool, dark place. If it is exposed to light or heat, it can become less effective.
7) Check the expiration date
Tea tree oil can expire and become less effective over time. Make sure to check the expiration date before using it.
What next? Considering trying out tea tree oil?
If you are a lover of natural and home remedies, I hope this article was helpful. As you consider giving tea tree oil a try for your dandruff, dry scalp, or acne, remember; to start with a low concentration and increase as tolerated. You should also do a patch test before using it on a large area of skin. And lastly, store it in a cool, dark place and check the expiration date before using it.
Leave a comment below to let me know how it goes or if you have any questions, or to share your own experiences with tea tree oil.
Please note: If you are pregnant, breastfeeding, or have any other health concerns, please consult your doctor before using tea tree oil.
Thanks for reading!