Spot treatments, pimple patches, toothpaste...we've tried every acne cure known to man. But sometimes it's the old standbys that work the best. Yes, we're talking about tea tree oil.
Wait, so what is it? Tea tree oil is an anti-microbial essential oil that unblocks sebaceous glands and unclogs pores to help fight acne-causing bacteria. Basically, it's nature's version of salicylic acid. But because it's all natural and not riddled with potentially harmful chemicals like many other acne remedies, it can be used as often as you like.
How do I use it? If you have one or two blemishes, dip a cotton swab in the oil and use it like a spot treatment. If you want to zap a bunch of pimples at the same time, we like diluting a bit of tea tree oil in our moisturizer, because it can tend to dry out skin, so you probably don't want to douse your face in it. Mixing it with a hydrating agent will combat dryness and help distribute the product more easily.
Great, where do I get it? You can find it at any pharmacy, but we're big Amazon people. Especially because this 100 percent pure tea tree oil from Healing Solutions has over 27,000 positive reviews—we've never seen so many reviews for one product. Oh, and it's under $8. Clear skin is all yours (for less than a Sweetgreen salad).
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