The pimple stopper!

Tea Tree Oil

Ever had a pimple you wish you could pop, but it just wasn’t ready yet? Trust me, I have!

I know, I know, doctors say to never pop your pimples, but who wants to walk around with a bulging white zit on their face? I’m certainly not doing it! So my wife suggested that I rub a little tea tree oil on the area before bed, and it should be ready for the plucking in the morning. Reluctantly, I tried it…

And would you believe it worked!? In less than a 24 hours, it was ready to be popped. And the best part, it left no scar!  So of course I had to find out why this simple remedy worked so well…

Tea tree oil is obtained by steam distillation of the leaves of Melaleuca alternifolia plant, native to Austrialia. It is purported to have antiseptic properties and has been used traditionally to prevent and treat infections like – Athlete’s foot, dandruff and eczema. When applied on acne, tea tree oil helps the immune system to kill the bacteria and consequently reduce the inflammation.”

Although greater studies are still determining the effectiveness on all acne types, it certainly worked for me. So overall it’s not the end-all cure, but it’s certainly a great option!

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  1. leemehan says

    I brush my teeth with Burt’s Bees toothpaste! I have been trying to go all green with my products so! Any fluoride toothpaste will do! I just put a small little dab of toothpaste on a pimple before I go to bed and it is like practically gone the next day! Might have to repeat for a day or so after, but completely takes care of pimples! You only need to use a small dab of toothpaste! I think it works better than Oxy 10% or any pimple cream out there! I have tried most of them and toothpaste is the best to be honest!

  2. Jason says

    I use Tea Tree oil as a pre shave oil under my cream for shaving my head and it, without fail, prevents shaving bumps. It is really an amazing pre shave oil. I can’t recommend it highly enough.

    Dr K is completely spot on though; many people can not tolerate it, and it is very strong. Even adding it to shaving cream can help, and it a little bit easier to tolerate (and doesn’t smell as strong too!)

  3. Dr. K says

    There are some small studies suggesting efficacy of tea tree oil for acne. For some people, this may be effective. As Craig mentioned, the studies are lacking (they are few and involve small numbers of patients). Over the counter benzoyl peroxide is more potent for this type of spot treatment, but can be more irritating to some skin types. Some people swear by tea tree oil, while others find it not helpful at all. Not surprising, as not all acne lesions or acne patients are the same. Keep in mind that even over the counter alternative remedies are still medicines (and conversely, many prescription medications are derived from natural products), just ones that haven’t gone through the safety and regulatory hurdles that pharmaceuticals have to. Tea tree oil is mostly safe so long as you’re not ingesting it, but can cause allergic and irritant contact dermatitis, rash, itch, and blisters. So it might be wise to do a test spot or two before rubbing it over your whole face.

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