Tea tree oil is abundant with terpinen-4-ol and cineole, responsible for the potent antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory characteristics of the oil. Tea tree oil has demonstrated antioxidant traits, but most importantly an ability to combat a full spectrum of bacterial, fungal, viral and even protozoal infections that affect the body.
Papules, pustules and comedones that accompany acne-related concerns are always directly linked to bacterial infection. Acne is more common among oilier skin types. When excess oil accumulates on the surface of the skin it becomes an additional contributing factor to the development of breakouts because it can attract and breed more bacteria.
Tea tree oil has a remarkable disinfecting and soothing effect on acne. The high concentration of terpinen-4-ol organically available in the oil has strong anti-microbial traits that attack the bacteria and inhibit it from further aggravating the already sensitive skin. The anti-inflammatory qualities of the oil work to calm and reduce redness of acne-related breakouts.
Studies have shown that tea tree oil has demonstrated to be as active in the treatment of acne as benzoyl peroxide. Even though tea tree oil may work slower to repair the breakout than benzoyl peroxide, it is equally as effective.
Tea tree oil will not only treat the immediate symptoms of the acne, but it facilitates in the healing of the tissue. Regular use will reduce the severity of acne and encourage clearer, healthier skin.
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