Rosacea is a skin disorder which symptoms are red welts across the chin, nose or forehead. Although more scientific research is needed to prove the effectiveness of tea tree oil for rosacea treatment, people use tea tree oil for mild cases.
Tea tree oil is extracted by steam distillation from the tea tree. Tea tree oil is highly effective for skin disorders treatment, especially skin infections. The oil possesses antibacterial and antifungal properties so it can help with such complications of rosacea as papules and pustules. Moreover, tea tree oil has anti-inflammatory effect so it is beneficial for lessening redness and swelling associated with rosacea.
How to use tea tree oil for rosacea
Tea tree oil is added to a variety of skin care products including lotions, soap and body washes. And they can be used to treat rosacea. Or you may make your own tea tree oil soap or body wash. However, new skin care products may irritate your skin and sometimes even aggravate rosacea. Thus, it is safer and more effective to add a few drops of tea tree oil to your regular skin lotion or cream. Dr. Heather Boon recommends using 5-15 percent concentration of tea tree oil solutions for rosacea.
- First of all, dilute pure tea tree oil with your regular lotion or distilled water to receive a 5-15% solution. Take one part of tea tree oil to ten parts of water, for example.
- Apply the solution on a cotton ball and dab it on your face. Don’t press a lot, don’t rub your skin. Repeat twice a day.
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If you want to use tea tree oil for rosacea, check your skin reaction to it. Tea tree oil sometimes causes side effects: irritation and allergic reactions. To do this apply a few drops of the tea tree oil solution you are going to use on the skin surface of your arm and wait for 24 hours.