How To Use The Important Oil

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Of course, unfortunately, does not always mean free of side effects. As mentioned earlier, pure tea tree oil is highly concentrated, which means that if used undiluted, it can cause severe skin irritation. This is especially true if you are prone to eczema or have temperamental skin.

In addition, Green notes that, like most essential oils, tea tree oil “contains chemicals that can increase the skin’s sensitivity to light, making it more susceptible to damage from the sun’s UV rays.” Bottom Line: Avoid exposing your skin to the sun when pure tea tree oil is on the skin care menu, or just use it as part of your pm skin regimen to avoid the risk altogether.

You should also be careful to use tea tree oil in conjunction with other potent ingredients like benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, and retinol, warns Peredo, as the combination can be extremely dry and irritating, especially on sensitive skin types.

Using products pre-formulated with tea tree oil is your best bet if you are concerned about worsening your acne flare-ups. This will reduce the risk of a skin disaster and your skin will benefit from the other supplementary ingredients in the product formulation.