As I was making my switch to natural body care, I really struggled with the acne on my shoulders and the occasional small breakouts on my face. Body brushing helped me to exfoliate my upper body before showering, but overall I was still struggling with breakouts. I remember going to a local drugstore and I was so desperate to find a solution, so I bought a benzoyl peroxide cream to put on my breakouts. This did work, but I did not like the ingredients and the fact that I could not put on a shirt straight away because it would bleach my clothing.
One day though, after talking to my husband, he suggested an all natural solution called tea tree oil. To be honest, I had never heard of using tea tree oil to help with acne problems, but I was certainly willing to give it a try! I have now been using the tea tree oil to help with my acne breakouts on my face and shoulders for over a year now and it has helped both. I find that it soothes the red skin and makes my breakouts seem smaller overnight. The breakouts are usually gone if I put on the tea tree oil on in the morning at least 3-4 days in a row, depending on how bad the breakouts are. For me the product has been just as effective as the benzoyl peroxide cream, but it smells better and I feel better about what I am putting on my skin.
I usually take a few drops of tea tree oil and mix it with 2 tablespoons water. Then, I use a cotton swab to apply it to my breakouts. I usually do this once a day, in the morning after I have showered. I will say that the smell is strong, but it smells fresh and a bit similar to eucalyptus or menthol. It goes away after a while and you cannot smell it all day.
Because of tea tree oil’s antimicrobial properties, it really helps to soothe the area and clean up the infected skin. Overall, I cannot recommend it enough! 🙂