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Tea tree oil for the skin – really as good as its reputation?

Tea tree oil is considered the ultimate miracle cure for a clear complexion. But doctors warn, because the supposed super oil can also cause skin irritation and allergies. Tikbow asked an expert what to look out for and who should actually stay away from tea tree oil.

Anti-inflammatory and antibacterial – Tea tree öl is said to help against skin impurities such as acne, blackheads and pimples, and it is also said to be effective against warts, nail fungus or herpes. In fact, the oil is contained in many care products, and at the same time, many products also contain it in pure form. But that is exactly where the catch lies.

Where does tea tree oil come from?

The Öl is obtained from the leaves and twig tips of the tea tree "Melaleuca alternifolia". Originally, the plant was native only to Australia and parts of Southeast Asia, and the Australian aborigines have always used tea tree oil to disinfect wounds. Active ingredients of the plant are nowadays even used in the disinfection of air humidity in air-conditioning systems. This shows how potent the plant is.

How does tea tree oil work?

How the Öl works depends on its degree of purity and the dosage during application. The ingredients can soothe skin irritations, but at the same time cause new ones. Therefore, if you want to use it pure, you should apply it very sparingly and selectively. Dermatologists and allergists even warn that the skin can become severely stressed and irritated if pure tea tree oil is applied in large quantities. The result can be pimples, pustules and itchy rashes.

However, if tea treeöl is used correctly, it can have quite positive effects. Various studies suggest that products containing tea tree oil are effective in the treatment of acne. Two clinical studies with a total of 184 patients were able to show that treatment with tea tree products significantly improved inflamed acne lesions. For 45 days, the study participants applied gels containing 5% tea tree solution twice a day. The use of products containing tea tree oil is generally less dangerous than the use of pure tea tree oil. Therefore, if you want to be on the safe side, it is better to use processed products rather than the pure form.

Use only tea treeöl with certificate

The Munich dermatologist Timm Golüke also advises using only certified tea tree oil. "The approval is the point", explains the expert. "Many people order any öl online without a safe origin. There one gets fast a product in inferior quality" Also from mixing with other Ölen the physician advises against: "The mixing increases the allergy danger! " Without previous knowledge errors can creep in fast with the dosage.

What should be done if skin irritation occurs due to tea tree oil?

Skin irritations caused by tea tree oil would even occur frequently, says Dr. Golke. In such cases, the tea tree should be discontinued immediately and a dermatologist consulted. The only thing that can help in this case is an anti-inflammatory cream available only on prescription. In general, the Öl can be used with caution, but one should not expect miracles. "It is not a beauty booster, as it is often presented", so the expert opinion.

How should I use pure tea tree oil?

Use only fresh tea tree oil, which is best stored in a small bottle in a dark place airtight, like other Öl also tea tree Öl spoils quickly with too much sunlight and heat. As a result, waste products are formed that can damage the skin. Caution. Under no circumstances should concentrated Öl be applied generously to the skin, as the Öl is too aggressive in high doses. However, if you only want to treat a single pimple or a small area, you can dab a cotton swab into the oil and then apply it carefully.

Further applications of tea tree oil

Against insect bites

Ätheric Öle are suitable not only to keep mosquitoes away due to their intense smell, but also to treat already existing insect bites. Besides lavender, clove or eucalyptus oil, tea tree oil is also ideal for soothing itching. Simply apply diluted tea tree oil to the sting several times a day until the symptoms subside.

For facial cleansing

For facial cleansing, mix a few drops of the oil with water and gently apply the liquid with a cotton pad or sponge. Avoid the eye area!

For itchy scalp

Those who suffer from itchy scalp or dandruff can simply add a few drops of tea treeöl to the shampoo. After several applications, the mixture should bring relief to the stressed scalp.

For bad breath

The Öl can also help with bad breath, because here bacteria – for example from gum inflammation – are responsible for the unpleasant odor. But tea tree oil promises a remedy: Simply dilute a few drops in water and then rinse the mouth with it, quietly pulling the water back and forth. If you have a sore throat, you can also gargle with the mouthwash – the ingredients of the Öl fight bacteria in the mouth and throat.

For a foot bath

For a foot bath, put five drops of the oil in a bowl of warm water and bathe the feet in it for at least ten minutes. The antibacterial effect of the oil can reduce foot odor and revive tired feet.

Make your own face mask with tea tree oil

Tea tree oil is particularly effective against blemished skin due to its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory effect, which makes it ideal for a face mask. But here too, be careful with the dosage! For the mask, mix two drops of the oil with two tablespoons of healing clay and water to form a paste. Then gently apply to the face and T-zone and leave on for ten to 20 minutes.

Then rinse with warm water. Tip: Instead of healing clay, you can also use ground flaxseed. The mask should only be applied once a week, otherwise the active ingredients of the Öl can attack and dry out the skin.

Asthmatics should not use tea tree.

Pure tea tree oil has an intense scent between freshness and tangy, which is not everyone’s cup of tea. However, some associate it with a healing effect like a cough ointment. This could be the reason why the Internet repeatedly recommends inhaling tea tree oil for asthma. But be careful, it can cause severe asthma attacks, so asthmatics should never inhale tea tree oil.

How much does it cost?

According to Dr. Golüke, the price depends on where the Öl comes from and how high quality it is. Those who want to buy tea tree oil should pay attention to the certificate and how long the shelf life is. Organic tea treeöl is also a criterion." Generally, pure and certified tea treeöl from Australia is of good quality. It is available in pharmacies, health food stores or well-stocked drugstores.