Tea Tree Oil or Benzoyl Peroxide to treat acne?
Tea tree oil was originally discovered by the indigenous peoples of north eastern Australia many thousands of years ago. They would apply crushed tea-tree leaves to wounds and also used it to help clear up chest infections among other ailments. The antiseptic, antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal benefits of Tea tree oil has been scientifically proven.
Tea Tree oil is produced from oil of the Melaleuca tree which is a tree that is native to Australia. The oil is found in the leaves of the tree. The oil is extracted by a distillation process.
Studies of patients suffering acne, who used 5% Benzoyl Peroxide products versus 5% tea tree oil products, have found that those patients who used peroxide had more side effects and irritation, redness, dryness and skin peeling to their skin while using it. Benzoyl peroxide is effective for the treatment of acne but with many side effects. Those using Tea tree oil had fewer side effects plus consistent results. Being an all natural product tea tree oil is much less harsh on the skin while still reducing inflammation and healing acne. Tea tree oil is extremely effective to use in the treatment of acne.
As with any product you choose to apply to your skin it is a good idea to apply a small amount to an area of the skin as a spot test to check for any reactions before extensively using a product. Any product has the potential to cause reactions with different skin types.