So I recently took a break from work, and decided to try out Tea Tree Oil to help my sensitive, Rosacea skin that is prone to redness, surface dryness and breakouts.
I’ve heard a great many things about Tea Tree Oil and it’s antiseptic properties, and was excited about the benefits it could bring to my skin.
What I’m currently using
I have Rosacea. It’s a condition that is chronic, and symptoms include dryness, redness, and rash like pimples that come and go. Have a look at how my Rosacea looked like at it’s worst here) Since then, my skin is clearer and does not have severe breakouts. But it’s not perfect, so I’m always looking out for new ways to make it better.
I’ve been using Papulex products (review here!) for the past 1-2 years and they have worked so wonderfully for me that I will keep on using them till something better comes along.
I’ve been using Honevo treatments for the past year. This is a medical-grade honey treatment specially developed to treat Rosacea and I’m happy to report that it has helped me to control my symptoms well. (read my Honevo reviews here)
So… onto Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is a wonder oil. But it shouldn’t be used 100% pure on skin without any forms of dilution as it may possibly burn the skin.
As such, I incorporated tea tree oil into my routine in 3 ways:
- Adding a drop of tea tree oil into my cleanser every time I wash my face
- Applying tea tree oil (diluted with some water) on zits directly
- Adding two drops of tea tree oil into two pumps of shampoo for my scalp
Here are my thoughts:
- Fresh minty feeling when I wash my face (face tingles)
- Skin feels dry even after applying moisturiser (unlike usual)
- Skin appear redder than usual
- Broke out in whiteheads within 2 days (I rarely breakout nowadays)
- Broke out in full sized pimples within the week (all over my chin area)
I thought it was an initial breakout phase as the oil is killing all the bacteria and pushing all the toxins out, and kept on trying.
4 weeks on, the breakouts are still here.Skin was visibly irritated with more dryness, redness and zits all occurring at the same time.
However, the effect of adding Tea Tree Oil to my shampoo worked wonders. I’ve dandruff at times, and TTO really helps keep my scalp clean and fresh.
As such, I will recommend you to approach Tea Tree Oil with a lot of caution if you have sensitive skin. Perhaps the safest way is to apply it diluted on zits.
What’s your experience with TTO? Do share! Xoxo, Jen