I have very oily skin that's very prone to break outs so I have frequently have to deal with big painful blemishes on my chin mostly, and other parts of my face! Just 2 days before wedding day I had a huge bump on my chin that was extremely red. My aunt Charmaine suggested I try tea tree oil on it and gave me a bottle to try out. I've never heard of it but was willing to try anything to bring it down a little. On Thursday night I applied the product, and when I got up the next morning the bump had gone down half in size and the redness was dramatically reduced. I repeated the process on Friday night (before my wedding) and the blemish was almost completely gone on for my big day - what was left was easily covered with some concealer and foundation!
Here's a few FAQ's on Tea Tree Oil.
Commonly used as treatment for:
- Athlete's Foot
- Colds & flus
- Burns & cuts
Why go natural? Why not! Tea tree oil may take a little longer to work but its side effects are much less than using benzoyl peroxide that can cause itching, stinging, burning and dryness to the area. Besides, who wants to be putting chemically processed gels and creams on your face when you can do it with a natural product? Personally, I would much prefer the natural way!
Now for the disclaimer: I'm no doctor or dermatologist, and I'm sure some people who have severe acne would not find this method effective (although as far as I can read online, there is success!!) but for me this works! Tea tree oil is a great acne spot treatment and I continue to have positive results from it for almost 3 years. I am not sure how there could possibly be an issue with using a natural product to treat a medical condition but please use this method at your own discretion. Also, I don't use tea tree oil every single time I get a pimple - often I will just let them run their course. But if I'm going to a makeup gig, getting my picture taken, or going to a function, I'll start the process a few days before and I'm guaranteed clear pimple free skin for that day.
I am not sure where my aunt got this bottle, or how much it costs but I am still using the bottle of Thursday Plantation she gave me in 2010. So the small bottle goes a long way. I know The Body Shop also sells it and I'm sure you can find it in stores that sell natural products as well. This is what my bottle looks like:
To apply, I wash my face with my regular cleanser, and douse a clean q-tip with with the product. Then I gently roll it on my problem area(s), put a clean towel down on my pillow and go to sleep. This product does have a very strong odor and you don't want the oil to get on your pillow case so I recommend using the towel. The next morning I just splash my face with cold water to rinse it off, pat dry, moisturize, and continue with my makeup routine.
If you're interested in spot treating blemishes naturally, I highly recommend this method. It may not work for you but there's a chance it will!! Please make sure to let me know if this was a success or a fail for you. Remember to be patient - some people find it does take a little longer to work (although I see results over night) but your skin will be thankful!
THANK YOU CHARMAINE FOR THIS AMAZING BEAUTY TIP!!! XOXOXO
Much Love and cheers to a blemish free face!