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The Benefits of Tea Tree Oil

Dr. Asma Kanwal Jawad

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Tea tree oil is known for its powerful antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. It has been used for years to treat wounds and skin ailments. It is gentle enough for topical use and can be used to soothe irritation and fight skin infections. It can kill many strains of viruses, bacteria, and fungi. Tea tree oil benefits are varied and potent.

This is why tea tree oil is used as the active ingredient in many cosmetic and household products such as shampoos, face washes, laundry detergents, and disinfectant sprays. Here are just a few tea tree oil benefits.

1- It Fights Skin Conditions Such As Acne:

Tea tree oil is a great natural remedy for inflammatory skin conditions such as acne, psoriasis, and eczema because of its anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. A 5% solution of tea tree oil is as effective as benzoyl peroxide, the top drugstore acne remedy. A few drops of tea tree oil can be diluted with 20 to 30 drops of witch hazel and applied to the skin every day with a cotton swab to get rid of acne.

However, do not overuse it as tea tree oil may dry out your skin, sending your oil glands into overdrive, making your acne worse. Stay out of the sun over the course of this remedy as it can make you more sensitive to its rays.

2- It Soothes Dry Scalp:

Tea tree oil has also been shown to improve symptoms of seborrheic dermatitis, a common skin condition which causes dandruff and scaly patches on the scalp. You can add a few drops of tea tree oil to a blob of shampoo when washing your hair to help reduce dandruff. Shampoos with tea tree oil also improve greasiness and itchiness. In fact according to a study that used a shampoo with just 5% tea tree oil, it can reduce dandruff by a whopping 41%. But people who decide to go this route should make sure they are not allergic first, this can be done by pouring just a little bit of the oil on a small patch of skin and watching for a reaction. It is also important not to use undiluted tea tree oil as it could cause a rash.

3- It Removes Makeup:

If you do not have oily skin, you can mix a quarter cup of canola oil with 10 drops of tea tree oil and keep it in a sterilized jar. Keep it in a cool, dark place. Pour some of this mixture onto cotton and swipe it over your face and neck to remove makeup. Rinse with warm water and follow with a cleanser and a toner. Tea tree oil is great for this as it also clears out your pores, thus preventing breakouts, making it ideal for people who have sensitive skin. Though it should be noted that this is not to be used for the removal of eye makeup.

4- It Fights Infections:

Tea tree oil has antifungal, antiviral, and antibacterial properties. So, it can be used to fight various infections. Studies have shown that tea tree oil can stop the growth of bacteria like Streptococcus pneumonia, Escherichia coli, and Haemophilus influenza. These bacteria cause infections in the bloodstream, the urinary tract, and the respiratory tract, among others.

Its antifungal properties allow it to fight infections such as athlete’s foot, toenail fungus, and candida. Studies have shown that it can also fight the herpes virus and that it can help get rid of warts, thanks to its powerful antiviral properties.

5- Teeth Cleaning Mouthwash:

According to some groundbreaking studies, tea tree oil can be used as a chemical free mouthwash. This is because it has been known to be very effective against the particular bacteria that cause tooth decay and bad breath. So long as you dillute it by adding a drop of tea tree oil to a cup of warm water and don’t swallow this mixture, it is perfectly safe and healthy. So if you were looking for a natural alternative mouthwash, look no further than tea tree oil.

6- Acts As A Natural Deodorant:

Tea tree oil has been shown to also be fairly effective when it comes to dealing with body odour. This is because it can kill the bacteria that causes the bad smell that is associated with prespiration. By adding just a few more ingredients or just diluting it with water, you can make a very effective natural deodorant with tea tree oil. It helps that the oil itself actually smells quite pleasant.

If you have any skin related concerns, visit a dermatologist right away. You can book an appointment with top Dermatologists in Lahore, Karachi, and Islamabad through oladoc.com. You can also call our helpline at 042-3890-0939 for assistance to find the RIGHT doctor for your health concerns.

Disclaimer: The contents of this article are intended to raise awareness about common health issues and should not be viewed as sound medical advice for your specific condition. You should always consult with a licensed medical practitioner prior to following any suggestions outlined in this article or adopting any treatment protocol based on the contents of this article.

Dr. Asma Kanwal Jawad - Author Dr. Asma Kanwal Jawad is among the Best Dermatologists in Lahore. Dr. Asma Kanwal Jawad is a Dermatologist and Cosmetologist. She has a MBBS and Dip. in Dermatology degree along with an experience of 12 years. She is also a member of Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC). Dr. Asma Kanwal Jawad practices as a Dermatologist at Aesthetics, Family Hospital, Online Video Consultation and MEDIX Hospital and charges 2000, 1500, 2000 and 2000 respectively.
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