Whether it’s for minor cuts and grazes, or tropical infections and diseases, tea tree oil seems to be the answer.
The real question though, is does it help with acne-prone skin?
What is tea tree?
Contrary to what you might think, it has nothing to do with tea, or even tea leaves. The famous tea tree oil actually comes from the melaleuca alternifolia, otherwise known as the arrow-leaved paperbark or the narrow-leaved tea-tree, and as the more romantic snow-in-summer. Native to Australia, the tree, which is rich in oil, grows in swampy areas and by rivers and its oil has been used as a cure for a whole host of evils forever.
What does tea tree oil actually do?
As well as boosting immunity, it’s known for its healing powers, protecting skin and as an antibacterial. A tropical plant, it’s best used to combat bacteria, fungi and viruses that thrive in that type of climate. It can be applied to infected wounds, thanks to its scarring properties, helping to seal the skin and protect from infection thereby reducing scarring.
Cosmetic Nurse Practitioner at dermacaredirect.co.uk, Andrea Patel confirms: “Tea tree oil is particularly beneficial to acne, problem, and or congested skin due to its anti-bacterial and antiseptic properties. It promotes healing and reduces redness.”
Tea tree oil is topical oil
However, it cannot be ingested, as it is, rather ironically, also poisonous. Use for topical application only.