Tea tree is most known for being helpful for controlling acne. The reason it works so well is that it has antibacterial properties, and it’s common for acne to be caused by bacteria on the skin. This ingredient is also an antioxidant with anti-inflammatory benefits.
However, it’s important to know that undiluted tea tree oil is too strong for a lot of people’s skin and can cause irritation, so it’s best to get your tea tree fix in a product formulated for your needs.
Use tea tree in your skincare for…
- Controlling acne and breakouts
- Soothing inflammation and dry skin
- Controlling excess oil on the skin
Where do I use tea tree in my skincare routine?
There are a variety of skincare products on the market that include some form and concentration of tea tree, and a lot of skincare ranges targeted at acne-prone and oily skin use this ingredient in every step, from cleansing to moisturising, as well as in serums and toners.
Tea tree oil can be drying to sensitive skin types, so it’s best to introduce this ingredient gradually to check how your skin responds.
Those looking to target blemishes should look for serums and spot treatments for acne. Spot treatments, only for use on actual blemishes, can also be useful for drier skin types who still battle breakouts, as you can target the issue without drying your skin.
If you have oily or combination skin, moisturisers containing some tea tree can be a great call to keep your skin bouncy whilst controlling excess oil.
What to look for on product labels…
It’s fairly easy to find tea tree products, as this ingredient is listed as some form of ‘tea tree’, usually oil.
The main thing to check out is the concentration and the skin type that the product is being aimed at. This ensures you pick a product that will help you without causing sensitivity in your skin because the concentration is too high.