I’m a little weary about applying any essential oils to my skin as there is always the risk of sensitisation however I was willing to use this Tea Tree Oil in localised areas if it meant a reduction in my acne.
The types of breakouts that I experience are mainly in my t-zone where I get very oily however they also worsen around my jaw with my menstrual cycle. I normally work with chemical exfoliants, masks and light weight moisturisers in my skincare routine to lessen my breakouts and that has been quite successful. However for the remaining blemishes I like to also apply some type of targeted treatment to reduce their redness and inflammation.
The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil
What I noticed about this tea tree oil is that it was very drying. When I later looked up it’s ingredients I realised this is due to the high amount of denatured alcohol in its formula. As for how it treated my breakouts I can’t say I noticed any significant improvements on my cystic acne areas however for my other breakouts it did appear to dry them out and reduce their redness.
However what I also found was that drying out my breakouts meant they would still show on my skin for a while and they could also leave behind marks that I don’t always get when I apply a non drying treatment instead.
I never noticed any sensitisation or irritation from using this oil however I was careful to only apply a dab over my specific breakouts and not to a large area.
Now that I am nearing the end of my small bottle I don’t think its shown me anything impressive enough for me to repurchase it. The only effect I consistently noticed was that it would dry out my breakouts and as for my cystic acne this didn’t change anything at all.