Tea tree oil and other essential oils are effective for acne and may have fewer side effects than benzoyl peroxide and other conventional acne treatments.
Tea tree oil is known to have antifungal and antiseptic properties and has been used for many years as an antimicrobial agent and to help clear skin of acne. study with over 100 participants, published in the Medical Journal of Australia, demonstrated that a 5% tea tree oil gel was just as effective as a 5% benzoyl peroxide lotion in the treatment of acne. Though the tea tree oil worked more slowly to clear acne, it produced fewer side effects.
The body Shop use naturally-sourced tea tree oil from our Community Fair Trade partners in Kenya in these little green bottles. This stuff is powerfully purifying. And so refreshing you can smell it.
Sandalwood essential oil has been shown to inhibit the growth of a type of bacteria that is commonly a cause of acne. It is thought that a specific component of sandalwood essential oil, farnesol, is responsible for antibacterial and antifungal activity. Other essential oils containing farnesol include jasmine, palmarosa, and ylang ylang. These essential oils may also be effective against acne.
The sweet, woody aroma of Sandalwood oil is a reflection of the soothing benefits of the essential oil—which can be used for skin imperfections or to enhance meditation.
Topical use: Apply one to two drops to desired area. Dilute with doTERRA Fractionated Coconut Oil to minimize any skin sensitivity.
Be sure to avoid getting essential oils in or near the eyes. Also beware that because there are many products that contain tea tree oil, the risk of sensitization is increased due to increased exposure. There is always the potential for becoming sensitized to specific essential oils, so itís wise to rotate the use of different essential oils, rather than using the same essential oils over and over.